Nebraska Wesleyan defeats Dordt 111-98
HOW IT HAPPENED
Dordt College allowed Nebraska Wesleyan to take a sizable lead early in the game and the hosts played from in front the entire game in taking the GPAC Tournament Quarterfinal round contest in Lincoln, Nebraska
The Prairie Wolves raced to a 36-13 lead with 9:46 remaining in the first half before Dordt began its comeback attempt. Dordt eventually narrowed the lead to 41-28 with a Dalton Franken layup putting the Defenders in position to slice further into the lead.
With 4:26 to go in the half Andrew O’Donnell made a pair of free throws and Dordt had the difference down to 46-35. Wesleyan quickly extended the lead and with under a minute to go in the half Dordt had the basketball but a missed basket turned into another offensive opportunity for the Prairie Wolves and Wesleyan’s Trey Bardsley converted a long three-point basket to make the score 61-45 at halftime.
Dordt continued to work from behind in the second half, getting within six points at 75-69 with 11:45 left on a Taylor Feenstra put back but it was Bardsley who stopped the bleeding for the hosts with a pair of free throws and a lay up.
A Franken basket made it 81-75 but Cooper Cook hit a three for the hosts and Dordt got no closer than nine the rest of the game in falling 111-98.
-Dordt was led by Alec Henrickson’s career high 35 points on 11-25 shooting and he was 10-11 from the free throw line.
-Dalton Franken recorded a double-double for Dordt with 21 points and 11 rebounds.
-Nathan Rindels concluded his career by narrowly missing a triple-double with 13 points, 13 rebounds and nine assists.
-Taylor Feenstra had 13 points and seven rebounds.
-Dordt was 36-75 from the floor and 23-35 from the free throw line.
-Dordt had a 50-40 rebounding advantage but was hampered by 10 first half turnovers and committed 14 for the game.
-Wesleyan was 34-74 from the field and 13-43 from the three-point line. The hosts also converted 30-36 free throws.
-Trey Bardsley led all players with 44 points and was 13-22 from the field and 13-13 from the free throw line.
-Rindels ends his career with 1463 points (7th); 632 rebounds (8th) and 489 assists (2nd) and is one of two players to rank in the top-10 in all three categories at Dordt College along with Kyle Lindbergh.
-Dordt finishes the season with a 15-16 mark.
-Wesleyan advances to the GPAC Semifinals on Saturday when they will host Dakota Wesleyan.
Midland 79, Hastings 73
Nebraska Wesleyan 111, Dordt 98
Briar Cliff 94; Northwestern 83
Dakota Wesleyan 90, Concordia 82