Valley City State defeats Dordt 82-76
HOW IT HAPPENED
Valley City State took advantage of 36 trips to the free throw line to forge an 82-76 win over Dordt in Valley City, North Dakota on Saturday, November 7.
Dordt scored six unanswered to lead 6-0 and was still up 13-9 after Alex Terpstra hit a three-point basket with 14:28 left in the half. The hosts proceeded to go on a 6-0 run and built the lead to as many as seven at 21-14. The Defenders got to within one on several occasions in the final ten minutes of the half before a Nathan Rindels basket late in the half cut the difference to one again 37-36
Dordt led from about the 15 minute mark of the second half to the seven minute mark, building the lead to four at 69-65 on a Bryan Sumner three-point basket. The Vikings tied it at 69-69 and again at 71-71 before steadily building the advantage up to five.
Henrickson got Dordt to within 79-76 with 16 seconds left but Valley City got a two point basket and a free throw by Nate Vieira in the closing seconds to take the 82-76 decision.
-Dordt was led by Bryan Sumner’s 15 points while Henrickson and Rindels each had 12. Leighton Sampson added ten points.
-Austin Bykerk came off the bench to score nine and grab 11 rebounds. Taylor Feenstra added eight in a reserve role. Andrew O’Donnell dished off four assists.
-Dordt was 28-63 from the floor and 6-13 from the three point arc. Dordt also had converted 14-23 free throws.
-Valley City State was 26-58 from the field and 7-20 from the arc while also converting 23-36 free throws.
-Dordt had a 44-33 rebounding advantage but committed 14 turnovers to 12 for the Vikings.
-Dordt is 1-2 and will face Viterbo and Peru State this weekend at Northwestern’s Classic in Orange City.
-Valley City State is now 4-0.
COACH DOUMA SAID
"It was a frustrating weekend in that we held leads in the second half of each game, but were unable to extend those margins before our opponents made their runs. We showed our inexperience at times, but hopefully playing on the road in adverse conditions will speed up our learning curve some. There were notable bright spots that we can build on as we move forward," said Dordt Colleg ecoach Ross Douma.