Dordt defeats Dakota Wesleyan 73-67
HOW IT HAPPENED
Dordt College withstood a second half charge by the host Dakota Wesleyan Tigers and held on to defeat the no. 10 ranked team in the country 73-67 at the Corn Palace in Mitchell, South Dakota.
Dordt pulled away from an 18-18 tie with 10:04 left in the first half with an eight point run started by a Jesse Jansma basket. Andrew O’Donnell followed with a basket and Marcus Winterfeld added a layup with 7:46 left in the half.
A Kyle Lang jumper closed the run and put Dordt up 26-18.
The hosts responded with an 9-0 run of their own over a two minute stretch and took a 34-32 lead into the break.
The second half started with a defensive stop and a Chad Barkema layup to tie the game at 34-34. The Defenders eventually got up by 53-40 on an O’Donnell basket with 14:50. Dordt was helped in the run by points from five different players and a technical foul call against Dakota Wesleyan’s bench.
Wesleyan promptly started chipping away at the lead and scored 11 unanswered over the next four minutes. A Jason Spicer basket tied the game at 58-58 with 7:13 left in the game and Nygel Drury gave Wesleyan the first of two leads with a basket at the 3:25 mark. Trae Vande Berg answered a Marcus Winterfeld basket with a jumper for a 63-62 advantage at the 3:25 mark.
O’Donnell had a timely layup to re-establish the lead and after a steal Winterfeld buried a three-point shot from the top of the key for a 67-63 lead with 2:45. A pair of Wesleyan free throws cut the lead in half but Dordt was 4-4 from the free throw line in the closing moments to seal the win.
Dordt was 27-57 from the field for 47 percent and converted 15-22 free throws.
Wesleyan was held 25 points below its season average and converted 23-56 field goals for 41 percent success and the Tigers were 7-22 from the three-point line.
Dordt had a 35-22 rebounding edge.
Winterfeld led all players with 19 points and took in six rebounds with four assists.
Henrickson added 12 points and O’Donnell had 11.
Jansma scored eight and Josh Van Lingen had seven.
Barkema led the Defenders with seven rebounds and Chandler Brunsting and Kyle Lang each had three assists.
Trae Vanderberg scored 18 to lead Wesleyan.
Dordt is 4-3 and 1-0 in the GPAC while Dakota Wesleyan is 4-3 overall and 0-1 in the league.
Dordt plays a pair of games at a tournament hosted by Moody Bible on Friday and Saturday this weekend. Wesleyan will host Concordia.
COACH ROSS DOUMA SAID
“When you go on the road the only thing that can give you a chance, especially in a place like this is if you defend and rebound and I felt we did those extremely well tonight. We did a good job of applying just enough pressure at various points to disrupt their rhythm and we did a really nice job of cleaning up the boards tonight. We know we’ll play hard through the defensive possession, but can we be strong enough and physical enough to finish the possession with a rebound and tonight we were.”
Briar Cliff University 102, Doane University 70
Morningside College 75, Mount Marty College 72
Dordt College 73, Dakota Wesleyan University 67
Concordia University 86, Midland University 72