Dordt def. Northwestern 94-89
HOW IT HAPPENED
The Dordt Defenders led almost start to finish and secured a 94-89 win over Northwestern in GPAC play on Wednesday night in Sioux Center.
The Defenders took the lead for good with a three-point shot with 16:35 left in the first half to unlock and 8-8 tie. Dordt maintained a two point lead at 20-18 before going on a 12-0 run to extend the lead to 32-18 with 7:57 left in the half. A little over a minute later Dordt’s lead was 17 when Garrett Franken knocked down a three-point shot for a 37-20 lead.
Northwestern rallied to within 49-41 at halftime and took advantage of a late outburst by Jay Small as he went 4-6 in the first half for 20 points, offsetting the 14 point first half by Jesse Jansma.
Dordt led by anywhere from 8 to 14 points in the first ten minutes of the second half and led 77-70 with 9:20 left in the game. Northwestern was able to trim the lead down to three at 85-82 with 4:44 left in the game but Dordt answered with a 6-2 edge to go up 91-84 and held on to win by the five point margin. Northwestern did get the lead down to 87-84 but a basket by Jacob Vis on an assist by Jesse Jansma put Dordt up by five and they never led by less than two possessions the rest of the game.
Dordt was 36-65 from the floor for 55 percent and converted 7-19 three-point shots for 37 percent.
Northwestern was 35-68 from the field for 52 percent and 7-26 from the three-point line for 27 percent.
Dordt outrebounded Northwestern 34-33 and turned the ball over seven times while Northwestern had 10 turnovers.
Jesse Jansma scored 26 points and had five assists.
Garrett Franken had 23 points and five rebounds.
Cade Bleeker scored 11 with six rebounds and Ben Gesink had ten points with five rebounds and four assists with two steals.
Northwestern was led by Jay Small’s 28 points and Alex Van Kalsbeek’s 26 points and 11 rebounds.
Dordt is 5-4 in the conference and 9-4 overall while Northwestern is 5-4 and 8-4.
COACH VAN HAAFTEN SAID
“Northwestern is a good shooting team and have a good big around the basket. We knew we had to keep scoring because this wasn’t the type of game where you hold them to 40 percent shooting. Our guys did a nice job of passing the ball and got to the second third and fourth sides a lot and that really helps out post play and we got some passes out of there. I thought our pace of the game was really good. I thought there were a couple times where they got it down to three of five points and we came right back and got a lay up on the other end. It happened just a couple of times but that’s a big part of the game.
Dordt will travel to face Mount Marty on Saturday, December 19 at 2:00 pm.