Dordt def. Wartburg 94-85
HOW IT HAPPENED
Dordt College pulled away in the final five minutes to secure its eighth win of the season with a 94-85 road win over the Wartburg Knights in non-conference basketball on Saturday evening in Waverly, Iowa.
Dordt grabbed an 8-0 lead with scores on its first three possessions as Chad Barkema, Jesse Jansma and Chandler Brunsting all converted field goals. Barkema’s was a two-point basket to start the game.
The hosts regrouped and took an 18-17 lead and pushed the difference to 23-17 with a 10-0 run. The game of streaks continued with Dordt regaining the advantage and they led it 34-27 with 6:03 left in the half after Josh Van Lingen scored a basket off an assist from Brunsting.
The rest of the half was a back and forth tussle with Barkema’s lay up getting the Defenders to within 44-43 at the halftime break.
Franken scored the first basket of the second half and Dordt got up by as many as 59-52 with 15:15 left after a three-point shot by Jansma.
Dordt eventually relinquished the lead at the 5:59 mark of the game when Cam Kickbush knocked down a three-point shot for the hosts.
Dordt eventually got Zach Bussard to the free throw line for a pair of free throws at the 4:59 mark and Jesse Jansma followed with a three-point basket. The difference was still two with 2:50 left but a Franken bucket followed by a Bussard basket got Dordt in front by six and Wartburg never had a shot to tie or take the lead the rest of the game and the Defenders sealed with 6-6 free throw shooting at the end.
Dordt converted 33-69 field goals and 12-33 three-point shots and 16-19 free throws.
Wartburg was 31-70 from the field and 9-25 from the arc. Wartburg made 14-17 free throws.
Dordt forced 15 turnovers and had 13.
Dordt had a 42-38 rebounding edge and took in 12 offensive rebounds.
Jesse Jansma had a career high 29 points and converted seven three-point shots with eight rebounds, seven assists and one steal.
Zach Bussard had 16 points on 5-7 shooting and grabbed ten rebounds with six offensive rebounds to go with three assists.
Garrett Franken had 14 points and five rebounds.
Chad Barkema added 12 points and eight rebounds with three assists and blocked three shots.
Alec Henrickson scored nine and Chandler Brunsting added seven points with seven assists and two steals.
The Defenders are now 8-2.
Jaran Sabus had 19 to lead the Knights and Max Drahos added 16.
Josh Gehling had 14 points and Ryan Stulken added 10 points and seven rebounds.
Wartburg is now 4-1.
COACH VAN HAAFTEN SAID
“I was really happy with how we played tonight. We got production from a lot of different people and we passed the ball really well. We had 23 assists. It was a great game for Jesse getting 29 points—but not just 29 points he had seven assists too and Chandler with seven assists. I thought Zach Bussard had a really good game too. Our guys did a really nice job in the last five minutes saying ‘hey, we practice these situations all the time,’ which we do and we’ve had these situations a lot this year. I thought we executed well—we got Garrett a lay up and we got Jesse a three and Chandler did a really nice job of orchestrating our team down the stretch.”
Dordt will travel to Northwestern in Orange City, Iowa on Wednesday night, November 28 as GPAC play resumes.