Northwestern defeats Dordt 96-92
HOW IT HAPPENED
Dordt College overcame an 11 point second half deficit to lead briefly in the second half against Northwestern but the visitors were able to hang on and take a four point decision in the second meeting of the two teams Wednesday night in Sioux Center.
The Defenders and Raiders swapped the lead 18 times in the first half before Northwestern took a 48-46 halftime lead.
Dordt led briefly early in the second half but Northwestern took control to lead by 11 at 76-65 with just under nine minutes remaining.
With Marcus Winterfeld on the bench with an injury the Defenders were able to chip away at the lead with back-up post player Zach Bussard taking advantage of a favorable match-up inside. Bussard converted all six of his field goal attempts in the second half and helped the Defenders to an 89-87 lead with 1:30 left in the game.
Northwestern responded with a three-point play to regain the lead and Dordt had a pair of turnovers on its next two possessions as Northwestern went up 94-89.
A free throw by Ben Gesink with 13 seconds left got Dordt to within 94-90 and a steal and lay-up by Andrew O’Donnell cut the gap to 94-92 with seven seconds left.
After a timeout Northwestern got Nathan Wedel free for a run out and he was fouled. Wedel converted both free throws and made the final 96-92.
Chandler Brunsting led Dordt with 18 points and was 5-7 from the three-point line and he had 12 rebounds.
Zach Bussard added 17 points with all coming in the second half.
Ben Gesink added 13 points and three assists and Marcus Winterfeld had 12 points.
Chad Barkema and Kobe Critchley each had eight points along with Jesse Jansma.
Northwestern was led by Colton Kooima with 23 and Nathan Wedel had 20. Riley Francis recorded 16 points and 10 rebounds.
Dordt was 32-61 from the field and 16-23 from the free throw line.
Northwestern was 34-68 from the field and 17-19 from the free throw line.
Northwestern had a 37-28 rebounding edge. Both teams had 13 turnovers.
Dordt is 11-15 overall and 5-9 in the GPAC. Northwestern is 19-4 and 9-4.
Dordt will travel to Doane on Saturday, February 2.
Morningside College 95, Hastings College 65 Briar Cliff University 88, Doane University 86 Dakota Wesleyan University 94, Mount Marty College 63 Northwestern College 96, Dordt College 92 Midland University 67, Concordia University 61
COACH DOUMA SAID
“We were on the brink of getting blown out. We got a pretty good group on the floor that was pretty resilient. We fed well off of Zach Bussard’s play. We did a good job of playing as hard as we could. Northwestern played a great game. I thought we played extremely well and extremely hard and I’m proud of how we played. The challenge is can we keep this level of play going.”