Dakota Wesleyan def. Dordt 79-78
HOW IT HAPPENED
Dakota Wesleyan won a 79-78 decision at Dordt on Wednesday night on a buzzer beater to open the GPAC basketball season.
Dordt went on a 13-0 run late in the first half to go from down 33-32 to up 45-33 on a Garrett Franken basket with 2:22 left in the first half. Wesleyan answered with an 8-0 run to get within 45-41 on a Ty Hoglund basket and Jesse Jansma stopped the string of points and set the game to halftime with Dordt up 47-41.
Wesleyan took a brief one point lead but Dordt answered and it was Zach Bussard pushing the lead back to 57-52 with 13:40 remaining in the game. Dordt led by five on two more occasions and each time Wesleyan was able to come back for a one point lead. Hoglund made a basket with 4:53 left in the game for a 71-70 lead but Josh Van Lingen answered with a three of his own for a 73-71 Dordt lead.
Again the Defenders eventually went up 76-71 on a pair of Jansma free throws but Wesleyan tied it with five straight capped by a Tyson Smiley basket with 1:19 left. Franken scored moments later and Hoglund made one free throw for a 78-77 Dordt lead. A Wesleyan foul sent the Defenders to the free throw line for a bonus free throw but the Defenders missed the front end of the one and one and Wesleyan took a time out.
Hoglund promptly took the clock down to under five seconds before driving to the basket and scoring on a contested lay up from the left side as time expired for the one-point win.
Dordt was 28-61 from the field and 8-21 from the arc with 14-20 free throw shooting.
Wesleyan was 29-67 from the field and 7-21 from the three-point line and 14-20 from the free throw line.
Dordt had 14 turnovers to 10 for Wesleyan.
Wesleyan had a 43-40 rebounding advantage including 14 offensive rebounds.
Jansma led Dordt with 17 points and two assists.
Josh Van Lingen had 14 points and five rebounds.
Garrett Franken added 13 points and 10 rebounds and Zach Bussard contributed 11 with four rebounds.
Wesleyan was led by Ty Hoglund with 22 points and Tyson Smiley added 21.
Dordt 4-2 overall and 0-1 in the league while Wesleyan improves to 3-0 and 1-0.
Dordt will travel to face Morningside on Saturday in Sioux City before hosting Northwestern on Wednesday, November 20.