Dordt defeats Dakota Wesleyan 78-70
HOW IT HAPPENED
Dordt led almost wire to wire in prevailing over Dakota Wesleyan in Great Plains Athletic Conference play on Wednesday night, December 2 in Sioux Center.
Dordt led the entire first half and led by as many as 30-17 after a pair of Dalton Franken free throws with 7:12 left in the half. The visitors were able to slice away at the lead and got to within 32-29 when Tate Martin converted one of two free throws with 1:34 remaining in the half. The difference remained three at halftime as the two teams exchanged baskets in the final minute.
A Nathan Rindels basket opened the second half but the Tigers bounced back and took a brief lead 40-38 with 17:20 on a three-point shot by Trae Bergh. Leighton Sampson responded for Dordt with a basket to tie the score 40-40 and a Bryan Sumner basket with 16:22 left in the game put Dordt up for good 42-40.
The Defenders got up by as many as eight only to have Wesleyan get back to 48-46 but that’s as close as Wesleyan got as Dordt controlled the final minutes to win the 78-70 decision.
-Neither team shot the ball well from the field with Wesleyan going 23-66 from the field for 34.8 percent success and they were 7-32 on three-point shots for 21.9 percent. Dordt was 25-57 from the field for 43.9 percent and 5-15 from the three-point ring for 33.3 percent.
-Dordt had a 48-36 rebounding edge but committed 19 turnovers to 13 for Wesleyan.
-Rindels had 18 points, seven rebounds, five assists and four steals for Dordt.
-Dalton Franken scored 10 points in his first game action since early November.
-Taylor Feenstra recorded a double-double as s reserve with 11 points and 11 rebounds and made 4-6 field goals.
-Alec Henrickson, Bryan Sumner and Austin Bykerk all had nine points for Dordt.
-Wesleyan was led by Trae Bergh’s 25 points while Tate Martin added 12 and Jade Miller 11. Bergh played all 40 minutes for Wesleyan.
-Dordt is 6-5 overall and 2-2 in the league while Wesleyan is 7-3 overall and 3-1 in the GPAC.
-Wesleyan entered play as the no. 8 team in the country.
-Dordt will host Hastings on Saturday at 4:00.
COACH DOUMA SAID
“This was a good hard-fought win for us. We didn’t shoot particularly well nor did we take care of the ball like we need to, but I liked our fight and competitiveness tonight. Our bench was big for us as we got nice contributions from a number of different people. Our scout team of Danny Vos, Kyle Fopma, JD Boer, Patrick Knoblauch and Ross Cooper did an excellent job of preparing the rotation players for this game. This was a good team win for us and now we need to turn our attention to Hastings,” said Dordt College coach Ross Douma.
Doane College 89, Hastings College 86
Briar Cliff University 90, Mount Marty College 64
Dordt College 78, Dakota Wesleyan University 70
Northwestern College 90, Morningside College 74