Dordt will host Midland on Saturday, January 2 at 4:00 pm.
Midland is 3-9 this season and 1-8 in league play with a conference win over Hastings and a pair of non-conference wins over Dakota State and Oak Hills Christian. The Warriors lost three games in a row to Morningside, Briar Cliff and Concordia in Fremont as they went into the Christmas break.
The Warriors are getting outscored 75.6-72.3 and outrebound teams 36.1-32.4. Midland is good for 44 percent field goal shooting and 48.8 percent success allowed. Three-point shooting sees Midland with 34.4 percent success while opponents are converting 34.8 percent.
Laurence Merritt is good for 12.8 points per game with nearly three assists per game. Josh Lambert is scoring 11.3 points per game and Bo Sandquist is at 10.3. Lambert is converting 64.8 percent of his field goal tries. Jake Rueschhoff is adding 9.2 points per game and Emanuel Bryson adds 9.1. Colby Tichota is at 7.6 points per game and grabs 5.2 rebounds per outing. Sandquist leads the team with 33 three-point field goals and Merritt is good for 30.
The Defender men are 10-4 overall and 6-4 in the GPAC and takes a three-game winning streak into the game against Midland. Dordt won four of its last five and five of its last seven.
Dordt converts 50.7 percent of its field goals while outscoring teams 82.9-75.9 and outrebound teams 38.3-34.3. Opponents make 43.6 percent of their field goals and the Defenders have converted 108 three-point shots.
Garrett Franken scores 16.0 points per game with 7.7 rebounds and he hands out 2.5 assists per game. Jesse Jansma scores 15.7 points per game with a team high 4.1 assists per game and he is making 48 percent of his field goals. Jacob Vis is scoring 11.9 points per game with 6.6 rebounds and he is making 68.9 percent of his field goal tries and has a team high 15 blocked shots. Cade Bleeker adds 11.4 points per game and Bryce Coppock is averaging 7.6. Ben Gesink is averaging 6.0 points per game while Jansma has made 25 three-point shots while Bleeker and Coppock have 22 and 20 respectively.
Concordia grabbed a 50-37 halftime lead and beat Midland 95-81 on December 15. Rueschhoff scored 21 on 8-12 field goal shooting and Lambert added 16 before fouling out. Sandquist converted five three-point shots for 15 points.
The Defenders were efficient on offense and beat Mount Marty 97-80 on Saturday, December 16 while converting 35-50 field goals and 85.7 percent of its free throws. Jansma and Franken each had 18 and Bleeker added 15.
Dordt took a 44-40 halftime lead and outscored Midland 39-32 on November 14 in and earlier meeting this season. Jacob Vis led the Defenders with 17 points while Franken added 15 points with eight rebounds and Cade Bleeker chipped in with 13. Bryson came off the bench to score 23 for the Warriors on 8-18 field goal shooting.
Dordt travels to Dakota State on Monday, January 4 before hosting Mount Marty on Saturday, January 9.
GPAC STANDINGS…(January 1)
Dakota Wesleyan 7-0/11-1
Mount Marty 4-5/7-7
Briar Cliff 4-5/7-7
GPAC SCHEDULE AND SCORES…
Concordia def. Midland 82-55
Jamestown def. Morningside 85-73
Dakota Wesleyan def. Briar Cliff 65-53
Concordia def. Northwestern 77-74
Briar Cliff def. Mount Marty 88-79
Dordt def. Midland 83-72
Northwestern def. Jamestown 91-78
Midland def. Hastings 83-66
Dakota Wesleyan def. Dordt 80-78 2ot
Northwestern def. Midland 97-79
Concordia def. Dordt 82-59
Dakota Wesleyan def. Hastings 74-70
Morningside def. Mount Marty 68-58
Jamestown def. Hastings 77-68
Morningside def. Northwestern 79-77
Mount Marty def. Midland 63-49
Dordt def. Briar Cliff 86-69
Jamestown def. Doane 79-64
Mount Marty def. Doane 75-68
Concordia def. Doane 83-66
Morningside def. Dordt 79-66
Northwestern def. Briar Cliff 98-90
Concordia def. Hastings 86-77
Doane def. Midland 68-64
Morningside def. Midland 77-73
Northwestern def. 111-79
Mount Marty def. Jamestown 80-79
Briar Cliff def. Concordia 89-75
Dordt def. Doane 73-66
Dakota Wesleyan def. Doane 93-88
Jamestown def. Dordt 91-74
Morningside def. Briar Cliff 76-58
Dakota Wesleyan def. Northwestern 82-76
Doane def. Hastings 95-72
Concordia def. Mount Marty 82-71
Dakota Wesleyan def. Mount Marty 78-66
Morningside def. Concordia 86-64
Northwestern def. Doane 98-84
Briar Cliff def. Midland 88-83
Dordt def. Hastings 106-72
Jamestown def. Briar Cliff 74-57
Concordia def. Midland 95-81
Mount Marty def. Doane 92-74
Dordt def. Northwestern 94-89
Dakota Wesleyan def. Morningside 75-60
Jamestown def. Concordia 89-87 ot
Dordt def. Mount Marty 97-80
Briar Cliff def. Doane 81-65
Morningside def. Hastings 86-67
Concordia @ Northwestern
Mount Marty @ Briar Cliff
Hastings @ Jamestown
Midland @ Dordt
Dakota Wesleyan Doane
Morningside @ Doane
Concordia @ Dakota Wesleyan
Briar Cliff @ Hastings
Jamestown @ Midland
Hastings @ Morningside
Mount Marty @ Dordt
Jamestown @ Concordia
Dakota Wesleyan @ Midland
Doane @ Briar Cliff
Briar Cliff @ Morningside
Dakota Wesleyan @ Northwestern
Concordia @ Mount Marty
Doane @ Hastings
Jamestown @ Dordt
Morningside @ Concordia
Northwestern @ Doane
Midland @ Briar Cliff
Dordt @ Hastings
Mount Marty @ Dakota Wesleyan