Northwestern defeats Dordt 74-69
HOW IT HAPPENED
A 12-0 run by Northwestern to start the second half put the hosts in control of the contest and Northwestern held on to win a 74-69 decision from the Dordt Defenders in the first of two regular season contests between the two GPAC teams.
Dordt had an eight point lead with 9:19 left in the first half after a three-point basket by Josh Van Lingen put the visitors ahead 23-15. Northwestern tied it 25-25 at the 5:44 mark and then took the lead for good on a late first half basket for a 39-37 advantage.
Northwestern scored 12 over the first four minutes and managed to withstand several charges by Dordt that got the Defenders to within two on two separate occasions. A Zach Bussard got Dordt within 58-56 with 7:11 left and a Ben Gesink three trimmed it to 67-65 with 1:20 left. Dordt had one shot to take the lead after the Bussard basket but couldn’t convert the three-point shot.
Northwestern converted 3-6 free throws in the final 15 seconds to secure the 74-69 win.
Zach Bussard and Josh Van Lingen each had 14 points and Chandler Brunsting had 11.
Chad Barkema scored nine points and Garrett Franken had six with eight rebounds to share game honors with Brunsting.
Dordt converted 27-67 field goals and 7-28 three-point shots with 8-10 free throws.
Northwestern was 29-58 from the field and 9-18 from the free throw line.
Dordt had a 39-36 rebounding edge and had a 9-4 offensive rebound advantage.
Dordt forced 15 turnovers while committing 12.
Dordt takes an 8-3 overall mark and 2-2 GPAC record into its game with Jamestown on Saturday at 4:00 in Sioux Center.