Concordia def. Dordt 100-95 in overtime.
HOW IT HAPPENED
Dordt battled back to tie its game with Concordia at the end of regulation but for the second time in three road games in GPAC play the Defenders were unable to turn the corner in overtime and fell 100-95 to the Concordia Bulldogs on Wednesday night in Seward, Nebraska.
Dordt got down 34-30 with 4:52 left in the first half but answered with a five point run on a free throw by Andrew O’Donnell, a lay up by Alec Henrickson and a basket by Leighton Sampson.
Dordt was unable to sustain the lead with Concordia recovering to lead 42-38 at halftime.
A three-point basket by Concordia’s Robby Thomas and a basket by Chandler Folkerts in the paint pushed the lead to 47-38 early in the second half.
Dordt proceeded to whittle the lead away and eventually tied it on a pair of free throws by Dalton Franken with 8:34 left in regulation. Dordt led on several occasions in the next minutes but Concordia’s Jamie Pearson single handedly kept his team in it, converting four straight three-point baskets in under four minutes.
Concordia extended the lead to six on a free throw after a flagrant foul and the Bulldogs got a bucket on the free possession. Taylor Feenstra was injured on the play where the foul was called and he would not return with 2:21 left in regulation.
Leighton Sampson converted two free throws and Nathan Rindels made two free throws as well with 1:50 after a Dordt steal. Concordia failed to convert on a free throw attempt and a free throw line jumper by Franken tied the score 81-81 with 1:11 left.
Concordia scored on the next possession but Rindels tapped in a missed shot to knot it 83-83. The hosts held for the final shot and missed a shot to win it with less than five seconds left and the teams went to overtime
Dordt led briefly at 85-84 after a Franken basket but Kyle Pierce answered at the 4:02 and Folkerts added to the Concordia lead and put the Bulldogs in control 88-85.
Dordt got as close as one on two occasions, the last at the 1:03 mark of overtime but Concordia made a defensive stop when a Dordt three-point shot was off the mark with :26 left that would have tied it.
-Dordt was 34-73 from the field and 21-26 from the free throw line.
-Concordia converted 31-62 field goals and took advantage of 29-37 free throw shooting.
-Concordia had a 46-41 rebounding edge.
-Nathan Rindels led Dordt with 30 points and 13 rebounds with two assists and two steals. He made 3-5 three-point shots and was 9-9 from the free throw line. This was Rindels’ third double-double of the season.
-Taylor Feenstra scored 16 points and had five rebounds for Dordt and Dalton Franken had 15 points while Leighton Sampson had 14 points.
-Jamie Pearson scored 36 for the Bulldogs on 11-17 shooting and was 6-7 from the three-point line. Chandler Folkerts had 23 points and Robby Thomas had 15 points, nine rebounds, three assists and five blocked shots.
-The loss ends a Dordt College four game winning streak and puts the Defenders at 7-6 for the season and 3-3 in the GPAC. Concordia is 7-3 overall and 3-3 in the GPAC and stopped a two game slide for Concordia.
-This is the second year in a row Concordia has won the game played at Seward.
-The two teams won’t put the scouting reports too far away as they are scheduled to play again on Friday, December 18 in Sioux Center.
COACH DOUMA SAID
“We turned the ball over too much. We had 17 and several of those resulted in easy baskets the other way. We gave up a lot of rebounds and offensive rebounds. Long rebounds that were 50-50 balls that we didn’t come up with. We’re still trying to find that consistency together. We’ve got some young kids that are tired and worn down but we have to work through that. At some point this young team has to get over the hump and figure out a way to get these games on the road,” said Dordt College coach Ross Douma.
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