Morningside def. Dordt 84-80
HOW IT HAPPENED
The Dordt Defender men’s basketball team fought off a sluggish start and battled GPAC frontrunner Morningside but fell by an 84-80 final at the DeWitt Gym on Wednesday night.
Morningside started with an 18-6 lead at the 14:45 mark but fought back with Garrett Franken knocking down a three-point shot to start a comeback that eventually saw the Defenders tie it at 29-29 with 4:46 left on a Jesse Jansma three-point shot.
Another Jansma three put Dordt up 32-29 but the Mustangs had an answer and took a 40-36 lead into halftime after a Zach Imig shot at the buzzer.
Dordt tied the game at 47-47 and 49-49 before the Mustangs pushed the lead to 70-60 with 9:07 left in the game. Jansma hit a basket to start Dordt’s comeback and a basket and free throw by Camden Bialas eventually tied the game at 72-72 with 5:31 left in the game. Three more ties ensued at 74, 76 and 78. Dordt had one chance to take a shot with the score tied at 78-78 but a transition three-point shot was short and Morningside scored the next four points.
With under a minute to go Dordt was down 82-78 and Ben Gesink converted a basket. Dordt got a defensive stop on the ensuing possession and with 10 seconds left had the ball with the full court to go. Dordt got the ball into the front court but a baseline drive resulted in a turnover with two seconds left and Morningside sealed it with a pair of free throws.
Morningside was 29-57 from the field and 7-10 from the arc while converting 19-23 free throws.
Dordt made 30-63 field goals and 10-24 three-point shots while making 10-13 free throws.
Dordt was outrebounded 39-27 and committed seven turnovers to Morningside’s 12.
Garrett Franken had 16 points and Jesse Jansma 15 with five rebounds and four assists before fouling out with a little over five minutes to play.
Camden Bialas was 6-6 from the field and had a career high 13 points and blocked three shots.
Ben Gesink added 12 points and five rebounds and Bryce Coppock scored eight.
Morningside’s Trey Brown had a game high 23 points
Dordt is 15-5 overall and 10-5 in the league while Morningside is 12-2 and 16-2.
COACH VAN HAAFTEN SAID
“It was a good game. It comes down to a couple little things along the way. You got to make a couple more shots and get a couple more rebounds. Morningside has a really nice team and Zach Imig had great game for them. Ben Gesink had another nice game for us and Camden Bialas was really good—I thought he had a break out game for us and did a lot of nice things around the hoop for us.”
Dordt will be on the road to face Doane on Saturday, January 23 at Crete, Nebraska.