Midland defeats Dordt 92-79
HOW IT HAPPENED
Dordt took control of the first half of play 14-8 run over the final 5:51 of the half, capping the run with an Andrew O’Donnell three-point basket. The second half was a far different story.
Dordt started the half with a basket by Leighton Sampson to extend a 41-34 lead to 43-34. Back to back three-point baskets by Nolan Cass in less than a minute cut the lead from nine to six and a free throw made it a two point game with 18:18 left in the game before Dordt answered with another Sampson basket.
The Warriors eventually tied it at 45-45 and took the lead 47-46. Dordt’s last lead came at 48-47 on a Taylor Feenstra put back and the Midland lead fluctuated between four and one point. The last one point difference came after a Nathan Rindels three-point basket with 7:24 left to make it 67-66. A 6-0 run put the Defenders on their heels and they were never closer than seven over the final 4:25 of the game before falling 92-79.
-Dordt 30-73 from the field for 41 percent and 6-20 from the three-point line.
-Midland was 29-47 for the game from the field for 62 percent and made 18-22 field goals in the second half.
-Dordt was outrebounded 40-34 but only gave up three offensive rebounds.
-Nathan Rindells led Dordt with 27 points and six assists.
-Leighton Sampson had 11 points with four rebounds and was limited to under 20 minutes of play due to foul trouble.
-Dalton Franken and Alec Henrickson each had 10 points.
-Midland was led by Trevor Bryant with 28 points and he was 9-9 from the field.
-Midland had five players play 34 minutes or more and Jesse Jones, their leading scorer left with an injury near the midpoint of the first half and did not play again.
-Dordt is 13-13 overall and 8-9 in GPAC play. Dordt hosts Briar Cliff on Wednesday night while Midland improves to 13-11 overall and 10-6 in the GPAC.
Hastings College 90, Northwestern College 88 Midland University 92, Dordt College 79 Nebraska Wesleyan University 107, Dakota Wesleyan University 97 Concordia University 83, Morningside College 79 Doane College 77, Mount Marty College 66
COACH DOUMA SAID
“I thought we played a great first half. The first twenty minutes were as good as we’ve played. We came out and ran a nice set to get Leighton a basket to start the second half to go up nine and the next three minutes were really bad. We had some mental breakdowns and a missed lay up. We gave up two three point shots to Cass and they seemed to feed off that and we couldn’t keep them off the foul line…..we just had a terrible time keeping them off the foul line.”