Dakota Wesleyan Classic
Peru State defeats Dordt 94-84
HOW IT HAPPENED
Dordt College lost a ten point decision to Peru State in non-conference men’s basketball hosted by Dakota Wesleyan in Mitchell, South Dakota on Saturday night.
Dordt led briefly in both the first half and second half.
The Defenders got down 20-13 but managed to fight back to take a 29-28 lead with 7:58 left in the half on a pair of Jesse Jansma free throws. Another Jansma free throw with 6:21 left in the half put Dordt up 32-30.
The Bobcats responded with a 16-5 run to lead by as many as nine. Dordt’s Andrew O’Donnell knocked down a three-point shot with :18 left in the half to get Dordt to within six as the first half ended.
The Defenders got down by as many as ten 59-49 with 15:41 left in the game but Dordt put together a ten point run capped by an Andrew O’Donnell runner and a three-point basket that tied it 13:55 left in the game.
Dordt took a 73-71 lead on a Ben Gesink lay-up and it was tied again at 75-75 and Peru State took the lead for good on a basket at the 4:51 mark and gradually pulled away for the ten point win.
Andrew O’Donnell led Dordt with 17 points and he had four rebounds.
Ben Gesink scored 13 and Kobe Critchley scored nine.
Kyle Lang scored nine and had two assists and two steals and Zach Bussard scored eight.
Alec Henrickson became the 38th player in Dordt men’s basketball history to score at least 1000 points and currently has 1002.
Dordt was 27-60 from the field and 8-25 from the three-point line.
Peru State was 35-62 from the field and 6-14 from the three-point line.
Peru State had a 33-29 rebounding edge.
Dordt is now 9-9.
COACH DOUMA SAID
It was disappointing that we didn’t come out and play very well defensively in the first half….I didn’t think we were very good offensively either. Playing back to back days has been very difficult for us. It takes a lot of mental and emotional investment to play two quality games in the span of 24 hours and we just haven’t been able to do it.”
Dordt travels to Hastings on Saturday, January 6 in its next outing.