Northwestern def. Dordt 81-67
HOW IT HAPPENED
The Dordt Defender men’s basketball team lost a 14 point decision to Northwestern on the road Wednesday night in Orange City after falling behind by 14 at halftime.
Dordt led 16-11 with 12:22 left in the first half when Northwestern rallied and took the lead on a Trent Hilbrands basket with 10:24 left in the half for a 19-18 advantage. Northwestern outscored Dordt 10-1 over the next five minutes and pushed the lead to as much as 37-21 before settling for a 44-30 halftime lead as Bryce Coppock made a pair of free throws late.
Northwestern’s lead grew to 59-38 with 12:05 left in the game but the Defenders would rally behind Coppock’s shooting. The freshman converted 15 points in the second half and Dordt got the lead down to 71-58 with 5:04 left on a Jacob Vis basket and Coppock’s three-point basket with 4:05 left made it 73-62. Dordt had two chances to get the lead to single digits but couldn’t convert and never got closer than 11 the rest of the game.
Dordt was 23-57 from the field and 10-28 from the arc for 40 and 36 percent success.
Northwestern converted at a 60 percent clip while making 30-50 field goals and 8-19 three-point shots.
Northwestern had a 36-23 rebounding edge but turned the ball over 19 times to 12 for Dordt.
Coppock had a career high 17 points while Jacob Vis added 15 points and four rebounds.
Garrett Franken completed the Dordt double-digit scoring with 13 points and six rebounds.
Northwestern was led by Alex Van Kalsbeek with 19 points and Trent Hilbrands added 18.
Dordt is now 10-7 in the league and 15-7 overall.
Northwestern is 11-5 and 16-5.
COACH BRIAN VAN HAAFTEN SAID
“Our guys have great character in coming back. In the first seven our eight minutes of the second half we wanted to get that thing to seven or eight points. If it's 14 points with seven or eight to go that’s just a tough go and we didn’t get that done.”
Dordt will host Concordia on Wednesday, February 3 in the final home game for the Defenders this regular season.