Dordt defeats Northwestern 89-80
HOW IT HAPPENED
Dordt College overcame an 11 point first half deficit to defeat Northwestern in GPAC play on Wednesday night, November 18 in Sioux Center, Iowa.
The game, played in front of a near capacity crowd at the De Witt Gym, featured long runs by both teams. Northwestern led early after a three-point basket by Colton Kooima but Dordt eventually tied the game at 18-18 with 11:06 left in the first half on a Taylor Feenstra basket.
Kooima scored five of the next seven points and sparked a Northwestern run that pushed the visitors ahead 30-19. A Feenstra free throw got Dordt started on its rally and the Defenders eventually scored 15 straight over a 4:20 span to lead 37-32 and the Defenders took a five point lead to break up 39-34. Feenstra, Grant Harkness and Alec Henrickson all had four points in the run for the Defenders.
Northwestern never got closer than five in the second half until a Kooima three made it 53-51 with 12:54 left in the game. TJ Buyert added a two point shot to tie the game at 53-53 with 12:39 left. Dordt scored the next 15 points and led 68-53 after Leighton Sampson converted in the paint with 9:08 left.
Northwestern got as close as thre on two occasions, the last on a bucket by Taylor Francis with 4:49 left to make the score 74-71 but a bucket by Sampson and a free throw by Harkness widened the gap and the lead was at least six the rest of the game as Dordt settled for the 89-80 win.
-Dordt had a 50-36 rebounding advantage and converted 30-68 field goals for 44.1 percent. Northwestern made 30-68 field goals for 44.1 percent success including 17-33 in the second half.
-Dordt converted 27-38 free throws while Northwestern made 13-21.
-Sampson led all players with 24 points on 10-12 shooting and he was one of four players in double figures for Dordt.
-Grant Harkness added 17 points on 7-11 shooting and he also had a team high nine rebounds, sharing the honor with Feenstra and Andrew O’Donnell. Feenstra added 11 points and O’Donnell 10 with three assists.
-Nathan Rindels had seven points, seven rebounds and five assists for Dordt and Bryan Sumner had seven points.
-Northwestern was led by Kooima with 21 and Mading Thok and Taylor Francis added ten each.
-Jordan Baker had a game high 11 rebounds for Northwestern before fouling out.
-Dordt is 3-3 overall and 1-0 in league play. Northwestern is 3-2 and 0-1. Dordt travels to Midland on Saturday and Northwestern goes to Hastings.
COACH DOUMA SAID
“I was pleased with our poise. We got down big in the first half and kept making plays and got into halftime with some momentum. Northwestern switched some things in the second and went zone and we didn’t handle it real well initially. Our guys made some nice adjustments and got the ball inside to Grant and Leighton and then Austin went over the zone for a dunk. Alec Henrickson had a nice left handed layup in that run. Playing three freshmen you don’t know how they will respond in that environment. Taylor, Andrew and Leighton were outstanding. Nathan controlled the game and himself and put others in position to be successful. We’ve challenged him to expand his role. His turnovers are down and his assists go up. We’ve got to give the young guys a chance to grow up and at some point Dalton will return and we’ll put it all together,” said Dordt College coach Ross Douma.
Hastings 87 Concordia 80
Dakota Wesleyan 101 Briar Cliff 95
Midland 103 Doane 90
Dordt 89 Northwestern 80
Morningside 85 Mount Marty 60