Men's Basketball vs. Northwestern

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L 80-89

8:00 PM - Wednesday, January 23, 2019
Sioux Center, Iowa
Conference Match



Northwestern def. Dordt 89-80


The Dordt Defender men’s basketball team dropped an 89-80 GPAC decision in Sioux Center to Northwestern on Wednesday night.

Northwestern led start to finish and used a fast start to secure the season sweep of the Defenders.

The visitors scored on a three-point basket before three free throws by Dordt tied it.  The 3-3 deadlock was the only tie of the game. Northwestern pulled away for a 24-7 lead with 12:54 left in the half.

Dordt rallied to within 33-28 with a Chad Barkema basket at the 6:44 mark but Northwestern retook an 11 point lead and led by seven when the first half came to a close.

A Jesse Jansma basket with 15:53 left in the game got Dordt to within 52-50 but Northwestern went on a 10-0 run to push the lead back to 12. Dordt rallied one more time, this time getting within 79-76 on a pair of Ben Gesink  free throws with 3:39 left but Northwestern’s Steven Kragt knocked down a three-point basket to extend the lead back to six and the Defenders got no closer than four the rest of the game.


Dordt was 28-74 from the field and 3-15 from the three-point line while converting 21-25 free throws.

Northwestern was 33-61 from the field and 14-28 from the arc while making 9-12 free throws.

Dordt had a 41-34 rebounding advantage and turned the ball over nine times to Northwestern’s 13.


Zach Bussard had 19 points and seven rebounds while converting 7-9 field goals.

Chad Barkema had 17 points, six rebounds, two assists and two blocked shots.

Garrett Franken had ten points and seven rebounds.


Isaac Heyer scored 20 on 7-9 field goal shooting and had 10 rebounds and two assists.

Steven Kragt scored 19 and had three assists.

Trent Hilbrands scored 18 points and had six rebounds while Parker Mulder scored 12.


“Tonight we couldn’t get stops. Northwestern made shots and I just didn’t think we were great tonight. We weren’t tough enough tonight to get the stops we needed. Northwestern can spread the floor—they have five shooters on the floor at all times.  We have to take advantage around the basket—Zach Bussard had a good game in the paint but we didn’t shoot the ball well as a team tonight.”


Dordt is off until Wednesday, January 30 when the Defenders travel to Concordia to face the Bulldogs.


Northwestern def. Dordt 89-80

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