Briar Cliff defeats Dordt 106-83
HOW IT HAPPENED
Dordt College overcame a double digit first half deficit but couldn’t hold off a second half run by the Briar Cliff Chargers in GPAC play on Wednesday night in Sioux City, Iowa.
Briar Cliff led early and built an 11 point lead at 31-20 with 9:24 left in the first half. Dordt responded by working the difference down gradually, getting to within 42-41 with 4:26 left in the half on a Dalton Franken jumpshot and tied it on an Alec Henrickson basket at 43-43 with 3:38 left in the half. The score was still tied 48-48 before back to back three-point baskets by Shane Graves and Austin Pohlen put Bria Cliff up 54-48 at halftime.
Dordt opened the second half with a Leighton Sampson basket followed by Andrew O’Donnell and Austin Bykerk hitting back to back shots after three straight misses by Briar Cliff. Dordt was never able to take the lead.
Trailing 60-58, Dordt surrendered three straight three-point baskets to Clay Harreld over the next minute and got no closer than eight the rest of the game.
-Both teams shot well from the field with Dordt converting 30-59 field goals and 5-13 three-point shots.
-Briar Cliff was 35-73 from the field and 10-21 on three-point attempts.
-Briar Cliff cashed in on 26-29 free throw shooting while Dordt was 18-27.
-Briar Cliff had a 41-33 rebounding advantage and forced 14 turnovers while Dordt had three steals and forced five Briar Cliff turnovers.
-Dalton Franken scored 18 points and grabbed four rebounds for Dordt.
-Grant Harkness converted for 13 points and Alec Henrickson came off the bench to score 11 and Leighton Sampson scored 10—all in the second half.
-Nathan Rindels had nine points, seven rebounds and ten assists.
-Briar Cliff was led by Bryan Forbes with 20 points and 11 rebounds while Harreld had 19 points and was 5-11 from the three-point line. Austin Homan added 14 and Graves had a team high five assists.
-Dordt is 7-4 in the GPAC and 12-8 overall while Briar Cliff is 18-2 and 9-1.
-Dordt was receiving votes in the most recent NAIA II coaches’ top-25 poll and Briar Cliff was no. 4.
-Dordt will travel to Hastings to face the Broncos on Saturday, January 16.
COACH DOUMA SAID
“I thought defensively we were making a lot of strides the last couple weeks but tonight we just weren’t very good. We weren’t very smart, we weren’t very intelligent. They exploited us very well. We made a good charge midway through the first half. We had a nice charge coming out of the halftime lockerroom but the last 18 minutes we were not very good at all.”
Midland University 80, Hastings College 71 Briar Cliff University 106, Dordt College 83 Dakota Wesleyan University 82, Morningside College 80 Northwestern College 81, Mount Marty College 54 Nebraska Wesleyan University 88, Doane College 87