Concordia defeats Dordt 100-91
HOW IT HAPPENED
The Concordia Bulldogs pulled away from a 77-77 tie with under eight minutes to go and defeated Dordt in Sioux Center on Friday night 100-91.
The Defenders trailed early and battled back to tie the game 25-25 with 9:01 left in the first half on a Chad Barkema free throw and Dordt took the lead on an Alex Terpstra three-point basket and Alec Henrickson followed with a pair of free throws to get the Defenders up 31-27.
Concordia stormed back with seven unanswered and took a 50-44 lead at halftime.
The Bulldog lead grew to 65-57 and was still eight at 71-63 at the midpoint of the second half. An Alec Henrickson three-point basket followed by a Taylor Feenstra three-point play got Dordt within 71-69. Marcus Winterfeld eventually pulled the Defenders into a tie at 77-77 with 7:24 remaining and an Andrew O’Donnell three-point shot gave Dordt its only lead of the second half at 80-79. The Bulldogs answered immediately with a three-point basket to retake the lead. Dordt narrowed it to 84-83 with a three-point shot by Alex Terpstra but the lead grew to seven and was never less than six as Dordt dropped the 100-91 decision.
-Dordt was 29-70 from the field and 10-25 from the three-point line and converted 23-28 free throws.
-Concordia converted 34-58 field goals for 59 percent and 11-24 from the three-point line. The visitors also converted 21-26 free throws and held a slim 34-33 rebounding edge.
-Andrew O’Donnell led Dordt with 19 points and four assists.
-Marcus Winterfeld scored 15 and Josh Van Lingen scored 14 on 6-8 shooting from the floor.
-Alec Henrickson and Alex Terpstra had 13 and 10 points respectively and Dalton Franken scored nine.
-Taylor Feenstra scored seven and had five rebounds.
-Eli Ziegler had a game high 27 points for the Bulldogs.
-Dordt slips to 9-10 overall and 0-7 in GPAC play. Concordia is 4-5 in the league and 11-6 overall.
Dordt will host Mount Marty on Saturday, January 7 at 4:00.
COACH DOUMA SAID
“I thought we played really well the first 13 minutes of the game. We had three consecutive turnovers that led to easy transition baskets for them and they went into halftime on top. The effort was really good and there were some bright spots but you get into January and it’s pretty hollow and the moral victories don’t ring true. We have to cancel this one and move on. I really like the way we prepared for this one. We definitely played better and ran into a hot team that had won three straight games against ranked opponents and we played well but we didn’t shoot real well. When we shoot 41 percent that’s just going to be difficult—we need to shoot higher than that.”