Morningside defeats Dordt 83-78
How it Happened
The Morningside Mustangs used a second half surge to turn a five point halftime deficit into a double digit lead and then held on as Dordt tied the game late in the contest for the 83-78 win.
Dordt led by as many as eight in the first half, 36-28, when Ross Cooper converted a three-point play with 3:40 left in the first half. Dordt was still up seven after a basket by Andrew O’Donnell but Alex Borchers hit a shot for Morningside to get the Mustangs to within 42-37 at halftime.
Behind the sharp-shooting of Pierce Almond, the Mustangs took the lead at 47-44 and built the advantage to 63-48 with 12:59 remaining in the game. The Defenders fought back to within 64-57 but the lead mushroomed to 11 again and was still ten with 7:24 remaining at 72-62.
Four straight free throws by Alec Henrickson got the lead down to six and Andrew O’Donnell had a made free throw with 5:56 left to get the difference down to 72-67. Moments later Alex Terpstra converted two free throws and he blocked a shot before making his first three-point shot of the game with 3:25 left to tie it 72-72.
The Mustangs regained the lead and held on as Dordt was forced to foul in the closing moments for the 83-78 difference.
- Dordt was 24-64 from the field and 8-32 from the three-point arc with a 46-30 rebounding advantage.
- Morningside was 25-56 from the field and made 23-31 free throws to Dordt’s 22-28 day.
- Dordt committed an uncharacteristic 19 turnovers.
- Alec Henrickson scored a game high 25 and had five rebounds.
- Andrew O’Donnell added 16 points and nine rebounds with two assists and two steals.
- Marcus Winterfeld scored 15 and had five rebounds and Chandler Brunsting had nine rebounds and Josh Van Lingen had seven points and seven rebounds.
- Bryce Koch led five players in double figures with 19 points for the Mustangs.
- Dordt is 13-15 overall and 4-12 in the GPAC. Morningside is 19-7 and 9-6.
- Dordt is off until Wednesday, February 15 when the Defenders travel to Yankton to face Mount Marty.
Coach Douma Said
“I’m happy for the guys. This is a tough game in many regards. You have a team (Mount Marty) that is playing well…probably could have and should have won their game against a very good Hastings team on Saturday, so they’re playing good ball. Secondly, when you play a team in the situation Mount Marty is in, where they haven’t won a conference game in three years, it puts a lot of pressure on you. On top of it we were short handed. We went into the game not knowing what our rotations would be and who was going to play at certain points of the game. We didn’t know how Alec would respond—he hasn’t done anything this week (due to illness). He sucked it up in the second half and really, really just cashed it all in and gave us a great second half and that’s what a good leader does. I’m biased but I think he should be an all-conference player and I think he showed why.”
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