Dordt defeats Dakota Wesleyan 78-66
HOW IT HAPPENED
Dordt College took the lead for good late in the first half and rode a few different Dakota Wesleyan challenges to forge a 12 point win over the visiting team in GPAC play on Wednesday night at the De Witt Gym.
Dordt trailed by a 24-13 margin with 9:31 left in the first half but a Josh Van Lingen basket got the difference down to nine. Four straight points on free throws got Dordt to within five and the Defenders took a 25-24 lead with 5:29 left in the half on a Kyle Lang three-point shot.
Wesleyan ended their five minute drought to retake the lead but Dordt eventually took the lead for good on a Jesse Jansma basket with 2:30 left in the half for a 33-31 lead and Dordt’s lead grew to six and stayed there 37-31 at the break.
The Defenders got up by as many as 48-35 with just under five minutes gone in the half but the Tigers would mount a comeback.
Over the next five minutes Wesleyan outscored the Defenders 13-3 and got as close as 51-48 before a Jansma floater put Dordt up five.
Dordt’s lead was never less than six for the rest of the game and the Defenders sealed it with free throws down the stretch, converting 11-14 charity tosses in the second half.
Dordt was 28-58 from the field and 7-23 from the three-point arc and the Defenders converted 15-20 free throws.
Wesleyan was 24-61 from the field and 7-28 from long range and Wesleyan converted 11-12 free throws.
Wesleyan committed 19 turnovers to 11 for Dordt.
Wesleyan had a 37-32 rebounding advantage.
Ben Gesink led Dordt with 15 points and he had two assists.
Marcus Winterfeld scored 14 and had seven rebounds with two assists and all his points came in the second half.
Kyle Lang scored 13 and Chad Barkema added 12 with three blocked shots and two steals.
Jesse Jansma added 11 points and Andrew O’Donnell added six points and four rebounds.
Wesleyan was topped by Ty Hoglund with 24 points.
Dordt is 10-12 overall and 4-6 in the GPAC. Dakota Wesleyan is 16-7 overall and 6-5 in the GPAC.
Doane University 85, Midland University 81 Hastings College 96, Briar Cliff University 72 Morningside College 98, Mount Marty College 87 Dordt College 78, Dakota Wesleyan University 66
COACH ROSS DOUMA SAID
“The first eight minutes of the game we struggled offensively but I thought that we hung in there. It was quiet in the De Witt and we talked in one of the timeouts that we had to get things moving and that we had to do that on the defensive end. We fought back and had a six point lead at halftime and I thought we came out in the second half and played and competed and stretched things out. The took another run at us and I thought we handled that well.”