Morningside defeats Dordt 96-89
HOW IT HAPPENED
The Dordt Defenders trailed start to finish in their GPAC contest with Morningside and lost a seven point decision at the De Witt Gym on Wednesday night. It was Dordt’s first home loss of the season.
Morningside got out quickly and built a 29-11 lead before Dordt started a comeback. A free throw by Dalton Franken helped cut the lead in half at 31-23 with 5:27 left in the first half. The Defenders would get as close as seven points on a Leighton Sampson free throw with 1:25 left in the half but the visitors managed to take an 11 point lead into the break with a 4-0 run.
The Mustangs were able to maintain the double digit lead for much of the first ten minutes of the second half before a Dordt charge got the Defenders within 67-63 with 10:47 left in the game on a Dalton Franken three-point play. Morningside answered the challenge with six straight points. Dordt rallied again seven minutes later when Andrew O’Donnell got a steal and basket to trim the difference to 84-79 but the Defenders would get no closer than six the rest of the game before winning the 96-89 decision.
-Dordt was 30-68 from the field but converted just 2-15 three-point shots and 27-34 free throws.
Dordt had a 42-37 rebounding advantage but allowed Morningside to make 32-63 field goals and 7-23 three-point baskets. Morningside converted 25-36 free throws.
-Dalton Franken led Dordt with 24 points and was 10-11 from the free throw line with nine rebounds. Nathan Rindels added 22 points with eight rebounds and six assists. Taylor Feenstra and Leighton Sampson each had 11 points.
-Bryce Koch paced all scorers with 31 points and was 13-16 from the field.
-Dordt is 13-11 overall and 8-7 in the GPAC. Morningside is 9-13 overall and 6-8 in league play.
-This was the first time this season Dordt was beaten at the DeWitt Gym.
-Dordt is off until February 2 when the Defenders travel to face Dakota Wesleyan at Mitchell, South Dakota.
COACH DOUMA SAID
“It was a tough night. We got off to a really slow start defensively. Morningside got comfortable and they just really beat us down for 40 minutes. We made little runs and showed some energy but you’ve got to fight for 40 minutes. It was good to make some runs in the second half but we really did it to ourselves the first eight-nine minutes of the game.”
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Briar Cliff University 99, Northwestern College 91
Midland University 92, Nebraska Wesleyan University 63
Morningside College 96, Dordt College 89
Dakota Wesleyan University 104, Mount Marty College 66
Concordia University 89, Doane College 81