Dakota Wesleyan Classic
Dordt defeats Dakota State 90-72
HOW IT HAPPENED
Dordt’s men’s basketball team pulled away late in the first half and withstood a comeback effort by Dakota State to win a 90-72 non-conference decision in a game played Friday, December 29 in Mitchell, South Dakota.
The Defenders built an 18-8 lead with 10:29 left in the first half after a slow start by both teams as they struggled in the first game back after nearly two weeks off.
The lead stayed between eight and 12 points and was 28-20 with 6:30 left in the half. Back to back baskets by Josh Van Lingen and Jesse Jansma putshed the lead to 32-20 and back to back three-pointers by Jansma after a Dakota State basket got the lead to 38-22 and Dordt led 41-26 at the intermission.
Dordt’s lead quickly grew to 21 points with a Kyle Lang three-point basket at the 15:37 mark and was still 20 points with 12:51 left in the game. Dakota State would outscore Dordt 12-3 over the next 2:30 to get within 64-53 but a pair of Van Lingen free throws stopped the run and Jansma converted his fourth three-point basket of the game at the 9:56 mark and Dordt never led by less than 14 the rest of the game.
Dordt was 31-70 from the field and 12-30 from the three-point line.
Dakota State converted 26-60 field goals and 5-17 three-point shots.
Dordt had a 38-30 rebounding advantage and forced 13 turnovers while giving up 10.
Jansma led a balanced Dordt effort with 16 points and was 4-8 from the three-point line.
Chad Barkema scored 12 and had six rebounds—three of them offensive.
Andrew O’Donnell had 11 points and six rebounds and Alec Henrickson had 10 points.
Josh Van Lingen scored nine and had eight rebounds with four assists.
Dordt is 9-8 overall and Dakota State falls to 7-8.
COACH DOUMA SAID
“I thought we came out and competed well on the defensive end but we weren’t making many shots. Our defensive intensity carried us and kept us in it until we got our legs under us. That second group when they came in really turned up the pressure and were able to get a lot of deflections and we were able to get some things in transition and were able to get the tempo to where we needed it to be. We talked about as a coaching staff if we continue to platoon and how many guys do we play—we feel as a staff we have a really balanced team. They are young, hungry and ambitious so we are going to continue to play a lot of guys.”
Dordt will face Peru State on Saturday night at 6:00 in the Corn Palace in Mitchell, South Dakota.