Dordt defeats Nebraska Christian 118-116 (OT)
HOW IT HAPPENED
The Dordt Defender men’s basketball team survived a historic performance by DJ Hanes and the Nebraska Christian Sentinels to secure a 118-116 overtime win in non-conference basketball on Saturday afternoon at the De Witt Gym in Sioux Center.
Dordt led much of the game but was never able to put the visitors away until the closing moments of overtime. Hanes single handedly kept his team in the game by scoring 72 points and didn’t leave the floor.
The Defenders didn’t trail in the first half until the 13:20 mark at 17-15 but retook the lead at 31-29 with 8:11 left in the half. Dordt’s advantage went up to 41-29 on a Zach Bussard basket with 6:31 left in the half and later grew to 46-32 when Alec Henrickson converted a three-point basket with 4:33 left in the half and it was still a 14 point difference when the two teams traded baskets as Garrett Franken got Dordt’s basket with 3:29 left.
Nebraska Christian proceeded to outscore Dordt 13-1 to get within 49-47 but Jesse Jansma converted a three-point basket just before time expired for a 52-47 lead.
Dordt led by eight on several occasions in the second half but a 12-2 run by the visitors gave them a 72-70 lead with 10:47 remaining in the game. Dordt retook the lead and went ahead by seven and held that difference up to an 86-79 margin with 6:16 left in the game but Hanes scored nine in a row for the Sentinels and the score was tied at 88-88 with 4:35 left.
Nebraska Christian grabbed a two point lead and the advantage changed hands five times before Dordt extended the advantage to 99-95 on a made free throw by Garrett Franken with :22 left. Nebraska Christian got a quick basket to cut the lead to 99-97. Dordt later converted one out of two free throws but Hanes hit a three-point shot with :05 left to tie the game and Dordt didn’t get a good shot at the end of regulation.
Dordt scored the first six points of overtime and led by as many as nine in the extra session and converted eight free throws in a row at the end to seal the win. Hanes threw in a desperation three as time expired to make the final 118-116.
Dordt was paced by Garrett Franken with a career high 27 points and he had 10 rebounds with four assists.
Chad Barkema scored 20 with nine rebounds and four assists.
Zach Bussard came off the bench to score 17 and Alec Henrickson added 16 with four rebounds.
Ben Gesink and Chandler Brunsting scored 12 and 11 each.
NEBRASKA CHRISTIAN’S LEADERS
DJ Hanes had 72 points on 29-44 shooting and he was 6-7 from the free throw line. He scored 55 points in the second half and overtime and had all but 14 of his team’s points after halftime.
Drue Aguilera had 13 points.
Dordt was 39-69 from the field and 34-48 from the free throw line.
Nebraska Christian was 47-83 from the field and 14-33 from the arc.
Dordt had a 45-31 rebounding edge but was charged with 24 turnovers while the visitors had 18.
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Dordt will host Northwestern on Wednesday night, January 23.
COACH VAN HAAFTEN SAID
“We knew that Nebraska Christian was a very good team and if number 20 (DJ Hanes) got it going we knew that it would be a hard game. I told the guys after the game that I’m 53 years old and I only remember a couple of the college games I played and when they are 53 years old this might be one of them they remember.”