Dordt defeated Dakota State 79-63.
HOW IT HAPPENED
Dordt overcame a sluggish start to defeat Dakota State 79-63 at the De Witt Gym on Tuesday night, November 3.
The Defenders took a while to get in sync as they fell behind 13-6 and 15-8 before rounding into form. A two point basket by Taylor Feenstra followed by a Nathan Rindels three-point basket but the Defenders to within one and Dordt took a brief lead on a Rindels put back at the midpoint of the first half for a 17-16 advantage.
The teams swapped leads before Dordt fell behind 24-21 after a basket by Justin Folkers. Dordt proceeded to go on a 9-0 run sparked by a three-point play by Leighton Sampson followed by a two point basket by Andrew O’Donnell. O’Donnell capped the run with a basket to extend the lead to 30-24 and Dordt never trailed again. The lead eventually grew to 39-28 on a Grant Harkness basket with 1:36 and the Defenders were up 39-33 at halftime.
The visitors cut the lead to four on to occasions early in the second half but an Alec Henrickson three-point shot extended the lead and Dordt went up by as many as 18 with a 10-0 run from the 11:49 mark to the 9:28 mark.
Gary Garner’s team got no closer than 11 the rest of the contest.
-Dordt was 35-73 from the field for 47.9 percent and made 18-33 shots in the second half for 54.5 percent success.
-Dakota State was 23-57 from the field for 40.4 percent success.
-Dordt had a 44-35 rebounding edge and turned the ball over eight times to 14 times by Dakota State.
-Leighton Sampson was 9-12 from the field for 19 points and he grabbed six rebounds for Dordt. Sampson scored 14 in the second half.
-Nathan Rindels and Andrew O’Donnell had 13 and 12 points each and six and five rebounds respectively.
-Dalton Franken scored nine points in 22 minutes of action in his first game back since the 2014 National Tournament for Dordt and Bryan Sumner had a team high three assists.
-Dakota State’s Kyle Kilgore had a double-double with 14 points and 13 rebounds.
-Brendon Boomsma scored 17 for Dakota State.
-Nathan Rindels entered the game with 991 career points and became the 35th member of the Dordt College 1,000 point club.
-Dordt is 1-0 and will face Jamestown and Valley City State on Friday and Saturday in North Dakota.
-Dakota State is now 1-1.
-This was Dordt’s 50th win in the 87 game series and the Defenders’ third in a row in meetings between the two former South Dakota Iowa Conference members.
COACH DOUMA SAYS
“I was glad we didn’t let our early shooting affect how we played defense. We have made it a point of emphasis that we have to be better defensively and I thought we were tonight. We pushed Dakota State out on the floor and didn’t let them get comfortable in their offense,” said Douma.