Dordt def. Briar Cliff 86-69
HOW IT HAPPENED
The Dordt Defender men’s basketball team secured an 86-69 win over Briar Cliff in GPAC play on Tuesday night in Sioux Center, Iowa.
The Defenders scored the first seven points of the game but Briar Cliff answered with seven in a row to tie the game 7-7 with 15:30 left in the first half. The teams swapped baskets and a Conner Groves three-point basket put Briar Cliff up 12-11. Another three-point shot got it to 15-11 for the Chargers.
Dordt rallied with 11 points in a row capped by a Jacob Vis basket with 7:09 left in the half for a 22-15 lead. The Defenders maintained at least a three-point lead the rest of the half and led 35-28 at halftime.
A Cade Bleeker three-point shot started the second half and he followed with a two-point shot for a double digit lead and Briar Cliff was never closer than 11 the rest of the game. Bleeker and Jansma ended up scoring 14 points each in the second half as the Defenders outscored the visitors 51-41 in the second half and converted 62 percent of their field goals.
Garrett Franken led all scorers with 21 points on 8-11 field goal shooting.
Jansma scored 19 with five rebounds and four assists and Cade Bleeker converted 5-8 field goals for 14 points and he had four rebounds.
Bryce Coppock came off the bench to score 10 and ben Gesink had a tea high eight rebounds with three assists and four steals.
Jacob Vis had seven points and seven rebounds.
Dordt as 33-64 from the field and 11-13 from the free throw line.
Briar Cliff converted 25-60 field goals and was 13-15 from the free throw line.
Dordt had a 41-28 rebounding advantage.
Dordt is 6-2 overall and 2-2 in the league while Briar Cliff is 3-4 and 1-2.
BRIAN VAN HAAFTEN SAID
“We knew they were going to shoot it. We just had to hang in there—you know they are going to get shots up. Garrett did a nice job of playing through it when he had some foul trouble. I’m not a big fan of keeping guys out with foul trouble—I think you have to learn to play through it and Garrett did a nice job of doing that tonight. We had to bounce back. We did a nice job early against Concordia and had nine stops in a row on Saturday but we couldn’t score. Today was better and we just have to keep growing and keep getting better.”
Dordt will travel to Morningside on Wednesday night, December 2.