Dordt def. Northwestern 86-68
HOW IT HAPPENED
The Dordt Defender men’s basketball team used a stingy defense in the final 11 minutes of the first half to build what turned out to be an insurmountable lead on the way to an 86-68 win over Northwestern in GPAC play on Wednesday night in Sioux Center, Iowa.
The teams were tied 16-16 with 11:07 left in the first half before Garrett Franken knocked down a three-point basket for a 19-16 advantage. After a Northwestern basket Dordt went on a 9-0 run to take a double digit lead at 28-18 after a Cade Bleeker three-point shot. Dordt’s lead gradually grew to 48-26 with Franken making a mid-range jumper to cap the half at the buzzer.
Jesse Jansma opened the second half with a basket to put the hosts up 50-26. A 13-2 run by Northwestern threatened to tighten the game but six straight by Dordt ended that threat. Northwestern got within 12 on two more occasions but each time Dordt had an answer and won their first GPAC decision of the season with the home win.
Dordt was 31-63 from the field and 12-28 from the three-point line for 49 and 43 percent success.
Northwestern was limited to 23-59 shooting for 39 percent and an uncustomary 8-26 from the three-point line for 31 percent.
Dordt had a 41-33 rebounding advantage and both teams had seven turnovers.
Garrett Franken led all players with 24 points for the Defenders and he had nine rebounds and two assists.
Jesse Jansma was 4-6 from the three-point arc and scored 15 with four assists and two steals.
Ben Gesink added 14 points and had three assists and Cade Bleeker added ten points and six rebounds.
Dordt’s Marcus Winterfeld came off the bench to score nine points.
Northwestern was paced by Craig Sterk with 18 points and Trent Hilbrands added 15.
Dordt is 5-3 this season and 1-2 in the GPAC.
Northwestern is 5-2 and 1-1 in league play.
Dordt will host Briar Cliff at 4:00 on Saturday.