Men's Basketball vs. Dakota State

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W 79-63

7:30 PM - Tuesday, November 3, 2015
Sioux Center, Iowa
Non-conference Match



Dordt defeated Dakota State 79-63.



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.



“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.