Dordt def. Dakota Wesleyan 64-59
HOW IT HAPPENED
The Dordt Defender men’s basketball team overcame a poor shooting night to battle its way to a five point win over Dakota Wesleyan on the road Wednesday night at the Corn Palace in Mitchell, South Dakota.
Dordt took an early 6-0 lead in the first half but the hosts retaliated by taking the lead at 16-15 on a Nick Harden basket with 8:54 left in the half. A Jesse Jansma three-point basket ignited a 7-0 run for the Defenders and the lead grew to 28-19 on a Cade Bleeker three-point basket with 1:58 left in the half. The lead was still nine at 30-21 after Bryce Coppock made a pair of free throws but Dakota Wesleyan got back to back baskets to close the half and cut the lead to 30-25.
Wesleyan kept the pressure on and took a 33-32 lead with just over three minutes gone in the second half and still led 35-34 after a pair of Harden free throws. A Dordt timeout ignited an 8-0 run over a three minute span to put Dordt up 42-35. The lead eventually became 53-40 on a pair of Dejay Fykstra free throws with 7:00 left.
The hosts answered with a 7-0 run over the next 2:15 and eventually had the lead down to two on several occasions, the last time with the score 61-59 with :16 left after a pair of Harden free throws. Jesse Jansma was fouled on the ensuing inbounds play and made one of two free throws. Wesleyan got a three-point shot off with under ten seconds left but the long carom came to Ben Gesink who found a releasing Coppock for a breakaway lay up at the buzzer for the 64-59 final.
Dordt was 21-54 from the fie field and 4-13 from the three-point line for 39 and 31 percent respectively.
Dordt held Dakota Wesleyan to 20-59 field goal shooting for 34 percent success and just 4-23 from the arc for 17 percent.
Wesleyan had a 37-36 rebounding edge and Dordt had nine turnovers to 11 for Dakota Wesleyan.
Coppock scored 18 and Jansma added 15.
Jacob Vis had 12 points and 10 rebounds.
Wesleyan was led by Nick Harden with 10 points on 5-20 shooting.
Dordt is 17-7 overall and 12-7 in the league.
COACH BRIAN VAN HAAFTEN SAID
“It was a great win for our guys. I am really happy for the guys that came off the bench with about 15 minutes left in the second half. We weren’t very good in the first five minutes of the second half and we were just going through the motions a little bit. I thought Dejay Fykstra made some great plays defensively and he made a couple baskets too but it was mostly on defense and Kenny Van Kekerix off the bench making great plays for us. Bryce came out and made some shots in the second half—he didn’t get much in the first half but he got us going in the second half. We had a hard time converting around the basket…we got the corner turned a few times but we just couldn’t get it in the basket at times.”
Dordt will travel to Briar Cliff to face the Chargers on Saturday, February 20 to conclude the regular season.