Men's Basketball vs. Concordia (NE)

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W 104-102

7:00 PM - Friday, December 18, 2015
Sioux Center, Iowa
Conference Match



Dordt def. Concordia 104-102 in overtime.



Dordt College overcame a six point deficit in overtime to win a dramatic 104-102 decision over the Concordia Bulldogs on Friday night at the De Witt Gym in Sioux Center, Iowa.  Dordt survived after surrendering a 24 point second half lead to get the winning basket with less than a second remaining in overtime off a basket by Bryan Sumner.

Dordt never trailed in the first half and used a 9-0 run to go up 32-22 and eventually extended the lead to 44-24 before leading 60-38 at halftime.

Dordt had a 24 point lead with 13:18 left in regulation after Nathan Rindels made one of two free throws and the difference was 81-62 after a basket by Leighton Sampson with 8:23 left.  From there it was all Concordia.  The Bulldogs used a 15-5 run to get within 86-79 but a Bryan Sumner three-point basket with 4:07 left seemed to put Dordt in front comfortably by ten.  The Defenders wouldn’t score again until and Alec Henrickson free throw put the difference at 90-88 with :56 left in regulation.  A Chandler Folkerts basket tied it with :32 left and Dordt held for the final shot but a corner three-point basket was off the mark and the game went to overtime.

The two teams exchanged baskets, a Rudy Knight jumper for Concordia and a Leighton Sampson basket for Dordt.  The Bulldogs then got three buckets in a row and were up 98-92 with 1:51 left in the extra session. 

A Sampson basket cut it to 98-94 but the Bulldogs got a free throw on the other end.  A Dalton Franken three-point basket made it 99-97 but Rudy Knight answered with a two and a free throw.  Dordt didn’t flinch with Sumner hitting a three-point basket with :49 left and Concordia missed a shot with :17 left.  Franken was fouled on the play and made both free throws to knot the score 102-102.

Knight then drove the lane and missed shot with :06 left and Nathan Rindels raced the other way, and found Sumner for a right handed lay up with less than a second remaining and after two timeouts Dordt tipped the ensuing inbounds pass to seal the win.

Video of finish.  


-Dordt was 36-66 shooting and 13-22 from the three point line for 54.5 percent and 59.1 percent respectively.

-Concordia was 41-68 for the game for 60.3 percent.

-Dordt had a 34-30 rebounding edge but committed 15 turnovers to 12 for the visitors.

-Sampson led Dordt with 24 points and 10 rebounds and was 12-15 from the floor.

-Dalton Franken had 22 points and Sumner was 5-8 from  the three-point line for 19 points.

-Alec Henrickson had ten points and six assists and Nathan Rindels had 11 points, seven rebounds and nine assists.

-Concordia was topped by Chandler Folkerts with 33 points and 13 rebounds.  He was 14-18 from the field.  Knight came off the bench to score 22 and Eli Ziegler scored 16.

-Dordt is 9-6 overall and 5-3 in the GPAC.  Concordia is 8-4 overall and 4-4 in the GPAC.

-Dordt resumes play on December 29 when it travels to play two games in a classic hosted by Vanguard.



“A lot of momentum swings and a lot of opportunities.  I thought we defended well in the first half and rebounded well in the first half and we didn’t do those things in the second half.  Concordia went to a zone and we got tentative and we let our offense affect our defense.  They were intent on taking Leighton away.  He had a great game—but they slowed the pace and we didn’t stop penetration.  We lost all momentum.  We got down by six in overtime and then just made a play.  Dalton hit a big three and Bryan hit a big three and then we got just enough stops.  Nathan did a good job of weaving and slowing the game down in his mind and found Bryan on the breakaway and Bryan wanted that one really bad after the end of regulation when he had a good look that was just off. I’m proud of our guys.  We will fight and we are resilient,” said Dordt College coach Ross Douma.