Men's Basketball vs. Dakota State

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W 90-85

7:30 PM - Tuesday, November 4, 2014
Madison, South Dakota
Non-conference Match

Recap

The Dordt Defenders entered the second half trailing 46-39 and were behind for all but 30 seconds of the final 20 minutes before winning a 90-85 decision over Dakota State at Madison, South Dakota.

Nathan Rindels hit a pair of free throws to tie the game at 83-83 and Tyler Wolterstorff gave the Defenders their first lead of the second half when he drove to the hoop, made the basket and was fouled with 30 seconds to play. Wolterstorff hit the free throw to give Dordt the 86-83 lead and Rindels hit four straight free throws down the stretch to secure the 90-85 win. With the victory Dordt improves to a perfect 3-0 while the Trojans fall to 1-2 on the season.

Dakota State jumped out to an early advantage and led 18-8 on a Bryant Allen basket with just over five minutes gone in the contest. A 10-2 Dordt College run, capped by a Nathan Rindels basket had the Defenders with two (20-18) with 11:38 remaining in the half. The Trojans were able to push the lead back to 27-21 but an old-fashioned three point play by Trevor Wolterstorff had the Defenders within a point at 29-28 and less than a minute later another Wolterstorff free throw tied the game at 29-29. The teams were knotted again at 33-33 after a David Den Herder basket with 4:22 to play in the first half.

Dordt found themselves down by seven at halftime as Brandon Boomsma hit a three-point basket at the buzzer to put the hosts up 46-39 at the intermission.

Dakota State scored the first four points of the second half to go up by 11 and the lead ranged from nine to one point for Dakota State for all but the closing moments of the game. The hosts were still up by seven with 3:16 left to go in the contest 80-73. Dordt got back in the game with a Bryan Sumner three-point basket and the two teams swapped buckets to keep the difference at four. A defensive stop and Sumner three-point basket later and the lead was one. A Derek Meger free throw with 1:36 left in the game made the difference two. A pair of Rindels free throws with 1:28 left tied it and Dordt put together a defensive stop setting up Wolterstorff's three-point play.

Rindels paced the Dordt Defenders with 22 points, nine rebounds and six assists. Rindels was seven of twelve from the floor and a perfect eight of eight from the charity stripe. Tyler Wolterstorff finished with 15 points on four of eight from the floor and seven of twelve from the free throw line to go along with seven boards. Bryan Sumner ended with twelve points on four of seven from three point range and Dordt freshmen Andrew O'Donnell and Taylor Feenstra finished with 12 and 11 points respectively. O'Donnell was four of six from the field with one made three pointer and three of four from the line while Feenstra hit three of nine from the floor and five of six from the line while also snaring seven boards.

Bryant Allen, a transfer from Illinois State, led all scorers with 28 points for Dakota State on nine of sixteen from the field with three of seven from beyond the arc, Allen was also seven of seven on free throws and grabbed four boards and tossed out six assists. Miquel Sansavour was the only other Trojan in double figures with 16 points on six of six from the field and four of five from the line.

Dordt dominated the boards, grabbing 38 caroms while limiting the Trojans to just 23 and Dakota State had only six second chance points on the night. The Defenders committed 18 turnovers and Dakota State gave up the ball 12 times.

"We didn't do ourselves any favors the way that we started this game," noted Dordt College Head Coach Ross Douma, "we looked a little lethargic but chemistry and work ethic will be the trademarks of this team and those things certainly showed later on in this game. Rindels and Wolterstorff really led this young group tonight and our freshmen played pretty well for their first road game as college players."

Next up on the Dordt College schedule is a pair of games in the Northwestern Classic. The Defenders will play Cardinal Stritch on November 7 at 6:00 pm and Valley City State on November 8 at 2:00 pm. Both games will be played at Northwestern in Orange City, Iowa.

Next Up

Next up on the Dordt College schedule is a pair of games in the Northwestern Classic. The Defenders will play Cardinal Stritch on November 7 at 6:00 pm and Valley City State on November 8 at 2:00 pm. Both games will be played at Northwestern in Orange City, Iowa.