Dordt defeats Dakota Wesleyan 81-79
HOW IT HAPPENED
Dordt College overcame a double-digit deficit in the second half to knock off Dakota Wesleyan in GPAC play Wednesday night in Sioux Center 81-79.
The two teams were even at 22-22 with 7:28 remaining in the half before Wesleyan went on an 11-0 run and settled for a 38-30 halftime lead.
The Tigers pushed the lead all the way to 51-39 with 12:58 remaining but a floater by Alec Henrickson started the comeback. Ben Gesink later hit a three-point basket to get Dordt within 53-47 and three free throws by Chandler Brunsting got the Defenders within 60-58 with 8:05 remaining.
A Garrett Franken basket with 7:33 left in the game put Dordt up 61-60 and the hosts built the lead to 68-62 on a pair of Franken free throws with 5:15 left in the game.
Wesleyan rallied to tie the game at 71-71 but a pair of Josh Van Lingen free throws and a basket by Zach Bussard put Dordt up by four. Wesleyan came back with a three-point play but Chad Barkema mad four straight free throws sandwiched around a Nick Harden basket for the Tigers and Dordt was up 79-76.
With seven seconds left Harden hit a three to tie the game. Dordt got the ball inbounded to Ben Gesink near midcourt and the guard penetrated the lane and found Zach Bussard who wrestled the ball away and scored a lay up with two seconds left.
Wesleyan had a pass to midcourt and a heave that was off the mark and Dordt survived for the two-point win.
Dordt was 29-63 from the field and 8-19 from the three-point line with 15-20 success from the free throw line.
Dakota Wesleyan was 29-66 from the field and 14-36 from the three-point line while making 7-9 free throws.
Dordt had a 40-35 rebounding edge. Dordt committed 13 turnovers to 12 for the Dakota Wesleyan.
Both teams had eight steals.
Garrett Franken had a career high 22 points and took in six rebounds.
Chad Barkema had 17 points, seven rebounds, two assists, three blocked shots and two steals.
Ben Gesink had ten points off the bench with two assists.
Zach Bussard good down eight rebounds.
DAKOTA WESLEYAN’S LEADERS
Nick Harden had a game high 25 points and three assists with four steals.
Aaron Ahmadu had 16 points with three assists.
Collin Kramer added ten points with 14 rebounds and four assists.
BRIAN VAN HAAFTEN SAID
“The last ten minutes of the first half I thought we didn’t make that extra pass and we had some shots around the rim that we just missed. In the second half I thought we did a good job of executing—they did not panic. That was a tough game today….Nick Harden is a really good basketball player—we had no answer for him defensively. Ben Gesink had an awesome game—it was his best game in a while. He’s been banged up with a sprained ankle. I thought he had a nice game. We wanted Ben to get to the basket and he did a really nice job of getting a pass to Zach. I’m not sure how open Buss was but Buss has great hands and he caught the basketball and that’s what we wanted—we just wanted a shot at the basket.”
Dordt is 13-7 overall and 6-5 in the league.
Dakota Wesleyan is 13-5 and 7-4 in the league.
Midland def. Doane 93-91 (ot)
Dakota Wesleyan def. Dordt 81-79
Northwestern def. Mount Marty 98-60
Briar Cliff def. Jamestown 86-70
Concordia def. Hastings 87-84
Dordt is on the road to face Morningside on Saturday, January 12.