Briar Cliff defeats Dordt 96-79
HOW IT HAPPENED
The Dordt College Defender men’s basketball team was unable to overcome 74 percent first half shooting by the Briar Cliff Chargers in GPAC Quarterfinal round play on Wednesday night and fell 96-79 to end its season.
The Defenders had an early 11-8 lead after an Andrew O’Donnell two point basket with 15:26 left in the first half but the Chargers were able to eventually come back and take a 14-13 lead at the 13:21 mark and never trailed again. Dordt cut a five point lead to 23-22 on a pair of Alex Terpstra free throws but the Chargers were built the lead to 35-27 at the 7:06 mark. An Alec Henrickson three-point basket cut the gap to 35-30. Briar Cliff outscored Dordt 21-4 the rest of the half to take a 56-34 lead.
The Defenders were unable to make a serious run at the Chargers and lost a 17 point decision.
-Briar Cliff made 20-27 field goals in the first half and 35-59 overall.
-Dordt converted 27-58 field goals and had a 32-27 rebounding advantage.
-Alec Henrickson had 17 points and four assists for Dordt.
-Andrew O’Donnell had 13 points and seven rebounds.
-Alex Terpstra added 11 points and Marcus Winterfeld had nine.
-Erich Erdman and Bryan Forbes each had 17 points for Briar Cliff.
-Dordt ends the season 14-17. Briar Cliff advances with a 25-6 record and will host Morningside on Saturday afternoon.
COACH DOUMA SAID
“Alec hit a three to make it 35-30 and we used a timeout—we just wanted to get to halftime within striking distance—we felt like that was really important for us. From then until the end of the half Forbes hit a couple three-point shots where we wanted to make him drive it and not hit threes. Erdman hit a couple in transition and our hands weren’t up and at that point the floodgates opened. It was similar to a lot of our games where you get uncomfortable, especially on offense, and that translates into suspect defense and then the run was on.”
Briar Cliff def. Dordt 96-79
Morningside def. Midland 100-90
Northwestern def. Hastings 100-78
Dakota Wesleyan def. Concordia 98-90