Northwestern defeats Dordt 99-86
HOW IT HAPPENED
Dordt College led much of the first half but Northwestern used a late first half run to take a halftime lead and never trailed in the second half on the way to the 99-86 win.
Dordt led by as many as nine on two occasions, the last at 31-22 when Leighton Sampson made a pair of free throws with 8:21 remaining in the half. Dalton Franken’s three-point shot with 5:34 left in the half extended a five point advantage to eight 36-28 but that was the last time Dordt was in control.
Northwestern scored 12 of the next 13 points and eventually led 44-41 at the end of the first half.
The Dordt deficit quickly grew to seven with Dordt getting as close as 56-53 with 12:55 remaining in the game on a three-point shot by Bryan Sumner. Northwestern’s first double digit lead came with 10:23 left and the double figure lead lasted until the 3:13 mark when Franken made two free throws. Dordt had the lead down to eight with the ball but a three-point shot missed with 1:33 left and that effectively ended the Dordt comeback attempt.
-Dordt was led by Dalton Franken and Leighton Sampson with 19 points each and Sampson had seven rebounds.
-Taylor Feenstra scored 17 on 6-6 field goal shooting and he was 5-6 from the free throw line in his first game action since before Christmas due to an injury.
-Nathan Rindels ended with 15 points and six rebounds with four assists.
-Dordt was 30-75 from the field and 23-35 from the free throw line.
-Northwestern was led by Colton Kooima’s 35 points on 14-25 field goal shooting and Northwestern was 31-57 from the field and 34-42 from the free throw line including 27-32 in the second half.
-Northwestern had a 43-37 rebounding edge and both teams had 12 turnovers.
-Dordt is 7-6 in the league and 12-10 overall and will host Doane on Saturday. Northwestern is 6-6 in the GPAC and 12-9 overall.
COACH DOUMA SAID
“I thought we did some good things early to get and maintain a lead mainly because of our execution offensively. Leighton really went to work; Dalton had some baskets; Nathan had a few floaters but again we weren’t really stopping people like we needed to. This three game stretch the last eight days we haven’t been very good defensively.”
Hastings College 84, Concordia University 77
Briar Cliff University 87, Dakota Wesleyan University 75
Doane College 85, Midland University 82
Northwestern College 99, Dordt College 86
Morningside College 87, Mount Marty College 58