Nebraska Wesleyan defeats Dordt 92-87
HOW IT HAPPENED
Nebraska Wesleyan fought off a late charge by the Dordt Defenders in men’s basketball at Snyder Arena in Lincoln, Nebraska by a 92-87 margin.
Dordt battled back from a double digit deficit in the second half to lead but couldn’t sustain the charge.
The Defenders led by two in the first half with 11:58 left when Leighton Sampson scored to break a 15-15 deadlock. Wesleyan proceeded to score 15 of the next 16 points and built a 30-18 lead. The difference mushroomed to 44-28 with 3:25 left before Dordt cut the lead to 48-41 on a pair of Nathan Rindels free throws and Wesleyan answered with a three-point basket to make it 51-42 at halftime.
The lead got pushed to 12 again at 60-48 before Dordt’s defense dug in and started to limit the high powered Prairie Wolves. The Defenders eventually tied the score 72-72 with 8:19 left and took the lead on a Rindels lay up with 6:38 left. Andrew O’Donnell answered a Wesleyan basket with a basket of his own with 6:11 left and that’s the last time Dordt led.
Austin Bykerk got Dordt within one 82-81 after the Defenders trailed by four but Wesleyan answered with a quick three to extend the lead. Dordt got within one again at 86-85 with Alec Henrickson scoring a basket but the Prairie Wolves got a basket, a defensive stop and two free throws to make it a two-possession game. Wesleyan sealed it with more free throws.
-Dordt was led by Nathan Rindels with 19 points and 18 rebounds and he had seven assists.
-Leighton Sampson added 16 points and six rebounds with Andrew O’Donnell and Alec Henrickson both scoring 15.
-Grant Harkness came off the bench to score nine and had five rebounds.
-Dalton Franken scored eight with eight rebounds and he had four assists.
-Dordt was 33-72 from the field and 17-24 from the free throw line.
-Travis Giesselmann had 24 points and eight rebounds for Wesleyan and Trey Bardsley had 25 points and four rebounds and four assists.
-Wesleyan was 33-71 from the field and 10-37 from the three-point line.
-Dordt had a 57-31 rebounding advantage.
-Dordt is 13-15 overall and 8-11 in the GPAC.
-Nebraska Wesleyan is 18-6 overall and 13-5 in the GPAC.
COACH DOUMA SAID
“There were a lot of good things especially in the second half. We came out of the locker room in the second half and got down big early (12 points) and came back to take a lead. These guys fight and I really enjoy coaching them. It’s been a very frustrating last month where haven’t done some things. We’re not going to go negative. It’s very apparent they are still dialed in and still playing. We played arguably the two best teams in the league this week and I thought we made some progress.”
Nebraska Wesleyan 92, Dordt 87
Briar Cliff 89, Hastings 77
Midland 84, Mount Marty 61
Morningside 89, Doane 76
Concordia 110, Northwestern 89