Dordt def. Viterbo 77-67
HOW IT HAPPENED
The Dordt men never trailed in the second half and won their third game of the season with a 77-67 win over Viterbo at the Northwestern Red Raider Classic in Orange City, Iowa.
Dordt controlled much of the first half but every time it appeared the Defenders would build a significant lead the VHawks had a rebuttal. Dordt got a 39-33 lead late in the half on a Bryce Coppock three-point basket and a stop gave Dordt possession with time winding down. A turnover allowed Viterbo to get the ball back and a pair of free throws made it 39-35 at halftime.
Dordt pushed the lead to 52-39 with 16:24 left in the game on a Jacob Vis free throw. Viterbo answered with a timeout and scored eight in a row over the next 2:30 to get the lead down to five. The Defenders built an eight point lead on a Cade Bleeker free throw for a 65-57 lead with 7:13 left in the game. Viterbo rallied one final time with a 6-0 run to get within 65-63 but Vis answered quickly with a field goal and a 67-63 lead. The next two minutes were scoreless and Dordt was up 72-63 with under a minute to go before Viterbo scored again. The Defenders converted free throws in the final minutes to secure the 77-67 win.
Dordt was 27-60 from the field for 45 percent and held Viterbo to 26-64 field goal shooting and 41 percent.
Dordt had a 43-36 rebounding advantage and allowed just one offensive rebound in the second half.
Both teams had 12 turnovers.
Jacob Vis led Dordt with 16 points on 6-7 shooting in the second half and he grabbed seven rebounds.
Cade Bleeker added 13 and Garrett Franken had 12 points and 10 rebounds.
Jesse Jansma added 10 points with five assists and became the 40th Dordt men’s basketball player to score at least 1,000 career points.
Camden Bialas added 10 and Ben Gesink had seven points and six rebounds.
Dordt is now 3-0 while Viterbo slips to 0-2.
COACH VAN HAAFTEN SAID
“We took care of things down the stretch when Viterbo got to within two. Jacob Vis and Camden Bialas really had good games for us and Garrett led our rebounding which was so important. We had a little celebration in the locker room for Jesse’s 1000th point. He’s been great to coach for the last three years since I got here.”
Dordt will travel to Presentation in Aberdeen, South Dakota on Wednesday, November 11.