Dordt College JV Men's Basketball vs. Northwestern

December 6, 2012

(Sioux Center, Iowa) By Sam Ekstrom; Dordt College Sports Information Student Assistant

Like any rivalry game should, this one came down to the wire. Unfortunately for Dordt, Andrew Top’s half-court heave at the buzzer glanced harmlessly off the backboard, giving Northwestern the 78-76 victory.

Dordt pulled to within one point twice in the final thirty seconds, but couldn’t quite climb all the way back. Sophomore David Den Herder tallied an and-one with 25 seconds to play and freshman J.D. Boer hit a three-pointer with three seconds left, but Northwestern’s clutch free-throw shooting gave them just enough to get past their rival who they’ve now beaten three straight times.

Freshman Kade Olson scored 17 second-half points to carry Northwestern who had lost their starting forward Kyle Newendorp to a knee injury in the opening seconds. Olson finished with 19 and was one of five double-digit scorers for the Raiders, two of whom came off the bench. Jacob Lucas scored 13 points and Keegan Mulder scored 12 on four three-pointers to give Northwestern a pick-me-up from their reserves. Their bench outscored Dordt’s 36-27.

The Defenders also got a big contribution from their bench in the form of Elliot Christians. Averaging just 8.4 PPG coming in, Christians poured in 20 points in extended minutes. Steven Broersma recorded four first-half fouls, giving the freshman Christians a longer look. His counterpart Den Herder scored 19 of his own, putting his team-leading average at 22.5 PPG.

The game was a rollercoaster from start to finish. Dordt went on a 10-0 early to take a 15-9 lead, but Northwestern ended the half on an 11-4 flurry, highlighted by three Keegan Mulder treys. The Raiders took a 38-34 lead into the locker room.

Dordt put together an 11-0 run in the second half, taking a 58-52 edge, but Northwestern countered again with a 13-2 run of their own to take the lead for good. T.J. Buyert, Tyler Steeve, and Olson combined for 35 of the Raiders’ 40 second-half points.

Dordt College drops to 4-4 (3-2) and takes on Northeast Community College on Monday in Norfolk, Neb. Their next home game will be on December 15th versus Briar Cliff.

Northwestern moves to 4-4 (4-2) and has now won four of five. They’ll next play Dakota Wesleyan on January 10th.

Dordt scoring:

JD Boer-11
Trevor Wagenaar-8
Andrew Top-10
David Den Herder-19
Steven Broersma-1
Beua Boer-2
Josh Van Groningen-3
Elliott Christians -20
Caleb Van Weelden-2

Dordt's Current Record: 4-4 (3-2)
Opponent's Current Record: 0-0 (0-0)

Team 1st Half 2nd Half Final
Dordt College 34 42 76
Northwestern 38 40 78
Dordt Rebounding Leaders Total
Team Total: 0
Opponent Rebounding Leaders Total
Team Total: 0
Dordt Scoring Leaders Total
Team Total: 76
Opponent Scoring Leaders Total
Team Total: 78
Dordt Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 0/0
3-Point Field Goals: 0/0
Free Throws: 0/0
Opponent Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 0/0
3-Point Field Goals: 0/0
Free Throws: 0/0

For more information, please contact Mike Byker, Sports Information Director, at or (712) 722-6301.