Dordt College JV Men's Basketball vs. Dakota Wesleyan

November 15, 2012

Game Media

(Sioux Center, Iowa) By Sam Ekstrom-Sports Information Student Assistant

After two straight road losses to open the season, the Defenders came back home with some urgency. They proceeded to take care of business and notch their first win, holding off Dakota Wesleyan 69-65.

Sophomore center David Den Herder displayed dominance in the paint, scoring 25 points on 11-of-15 shooting and grabbing nine rebounds. His 17 second-half points paced the Defenders as they had to stave off a late Tiger flurry. Dakota Wesleyan had two three-point attempts to tie the game in the closing seconds before Dordt finally corralled the clinching rebound.

After a 10-0 run in the first half to take a two-point lead, the Tigers let Dordt finish the first half on an 18-8 spurt to take a 39-31 edge into the locker room. That lead would balloon to as many as 12 in the second half before the Tigers suffocating man-to-man defense helped them back in the game. Freshman Adam Fink led the comeback with 20 points and six rebounds for the visitors.

Dordt turned the ball over 13 times after halftime and surrendered a number of fast break buckets. Fortunately, their own defense stifled the Tigers’ offense to a 36% shooting clip. DWU also shot just 3-for-17 from behind the arc.

Freshmen Andrew Top and Trevor Wagenaar scored 12 and 11 points respectively to join Den Herder in double figures. Sophomore Steven Broersma led the club in rebounds with 12.

The Defenders advanced their record to 1-2, while Dakota Wesleyan fell to the same 1-2 mark. Dordt’s next game will be in Orange City as they face Northwestern on Monday.

Dordt's Current Record: 1-2 (1-0)
Opponent's Current Record: 0-0 (0-0)

Team 1st Half 2nd Half Final
Dordt College 39 30 69
Dakota Wesleyan 31 34 65
Dordt Rebounding Leaders Total
Team Total: 0
Opponent Rebounding Leaders Total
Team Total: 0
Dordt Scoring Leaders Total
Team Total: 69
Opponent Scoring Leaders Total
Team Total: 65
Dordt Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 23/55 42%
3-Point Field Goals: 5/13 38%
Free Throws: 18/34 53%
Opponent Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 25/69 36%
3-Point Field Goals: 3/17 18%
Free Throws: 12/17 71%

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