Dordt defeats Nebraska Wesleyan 92-88.
HOW IT HAPPENED
Dordt overcame an 11 point first half deficit and a nine point halftime deficit to defeat the high scoring Nebraska Wesleyan Prairie Wolves 92-88 in GPAC play in Sioux Center on Saturday, January 9.
Dordt scored first and held an 11-9 first half lead after Leighton Sampson made a pair of free throws. Wesleyan went on a 10-0 run over the next three minutes, capping the streak with a Cooper Cook three-point shot. Dordt got as close as 19-17 with an Andrew O’Donnell basket with 10:37 left in the half but Wesleyan pulled away to eventually lead 51-40 before a Patrick Knoblauch putback of a three-point miss got the Defenders to within 51-42.
Dordt started the second half with a 9-0 run as Leighton Sampson scored a basket to open the half and Nathan Rindels followed with two more. Austin Bykerk got Dordt to with 51-49 with a basket and Sampson added a field goal to tie the game 51-51.
Wesleyan fought off the Dordt rally to build the lead back to 60-55 on another Cook basket with 15:41 remaining but a pair of free throws by O’Donnell put Dordt up 63-62.
Dalton Franken made a pair of free throws to put Dordt up again at 69-67 and Dordt never trailed again. Dordt used a 4-0 run to get up two possessions and eventually went up 80-70 as Sampson made another basket with 5:38 left in the game. Wesleyan’s Bardsley made a basket to trim it to eight but Rindels had an answer as he putback his own missed shot.
The was still 86-77 with 2:39 left after a Sampson basket but Wesleyan made one final charge. A step back three by Bardsley, the conference’s leading scorer, cut the gap to 88-87 with :14 left but Franken made two free throws for Dordt and Dordt fouled Bardsley on the ensuing possession to send him to the line. Bardsley made one and missed the second intentionally and a tie up was called and Dordt had the possession arrow and Rindels proceeded to make the free throws to seal the win 92-88.
-Both teams led by 11 at one point.
-Dordt was 26-57 from the field and just 2-15 from the three-point line. Dordt converted 38-42 free throws.
-Wesleyan was 28-56 shooting—right at its season average and converted 10-26 three-point shots with 22-25 free throw success.
-Sampson was perfect from the field while going 10-10 and was 3-3 from the free throw line for a total of 23 points and he took in nine rebounds and had two blocked shots.
-Nathan Rindels had 23 points and was 15-16 from the free throw line with six rebounds and five assists.
-Dalton Franken was 13-13 from the free throw line and had 18 points and Andrew O’Donnell had 12 points and five rebounds.
-Nebraska Wesleyan was led by Trey Bardsley with 36 points and Cook scored 25. Travis Giesselmann had 15 points and nine rebounds with six assists.
-Dordt had a 39-24 rebounding advantage and committed 17 turnovers while committing 16.
-Sampson’s 10-10 set a record for made field goals in a game without a miss. Four players shared the record at 9-9 (Steve VerMeer, Mark Rowenhorst, Jordan Vogel and Trevor Wolterstorff).
-Rindels established a new mark at the free throw line bettering Greg Van Soelen’s 13-14 game for best single game free throw percentage with a miss. Van Soelen was 13-14.
-Dordt is now 12-7 overall and 7-3 in GPAC play while Wesleyan falls to 10-4 overall and 6-3.
-Dordt travels to Briar Cliff on Wednesday for the first of three road games while Wesleyan will face Doane.
COACH DOUMA SAID
“A couple things at halftime we felt that were obviously hurting us in turnovers and they were shooting over 60 percent in the first half on us. They are very good shooters but I felt we had a lot of defensive breakdowns. I was really disappointed with our intensity coming out—I really thought we’d really start a lot better given the fact second place was on the line here at the midway point of the conference season. I thought we rallied really well. The first few minutes of the second half were key for us and we really asserted ourselves defensively. We got to the rim better and Nathan and Dalton hit some free throws down the stretch to seal it up. There were a lot of possessions and a lot of things along the way that were big for us.
Briar Cliff University 95, Hastings College 83
Midland University 67, Mount Marty College 49
Dordt College 92, Nebraska Wesleyan University 88
Concordia University 87, Northwestern College 81
Morningside College 71, Doane College 70