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Defenders top DWU men, sweep season series

SIOUX CENTER, Iowa — For the second time this season, Dordt College proved to be too much for the Dakota Wesleyan University men's basketball team.

The Defenders forced DWU into 19 turnovers and knocked off the No. 19-ranked Tigers 78-66 in a Great Plains Athletic Conference contest on Wednesday in Sioux Center, Iowa. DWU, which fell to Dordt 73-67 on Nov. 15 at the Corn Palace, fell to 16-7 and 6-5 in the GPAC.

"It's tough when you just got flat out beat," DWU head coach Matt Wilber said. "I have to credit Dordt. They played a very good basketball game. The way the game was played favored them and they beat us."

The Tigers jumped out to a 24-13 lead after the first 10 minutes, but Dordt responded with a 12-0 run and outscored DWU 24-7 in the final 10 minutes of the first half for a 37-31 lead.

In the second half, a Jason Spicer field goal pulled DWU within three points, but Dordt wouldn't let the Tigers get any closer. The Defenders hit 15 of 20 free throws to help close out the game.

"As a coach, I feel 100 percent responsible. The two times we played them they took us out of rhythm," Wilber said. "Collectively, as a group, we were uncomfortable and Dordt did that to us."

Ty Hoglund led the Tiger offense with 24 points, while Spicer added 12 points and 11 rebounds for a double-double. Trae Vandeberg recorded 12 points as DWU was held to 39 percent shooting from the field (24-of-61) and 25 percent shooting on 3-pointers (7-of-28).

Dordt (10-12, 4-6 GPAC) put together a balanced attack with five players scoring in double figures. Ben Gesink had 15 points, Marcus Winterfeld added 14, Kyle Lang tossed in 13, Chad Barkema finished with 12 and Jesse Jansma recorded 11.

Wilber said his team can't let Wednesday's result linger, but pointed out teams in GPAC are all starting to play at high level.

"We're lucky to be where we are at, playing meaningful games," Wilber said. "We are fighting and clawing for more meaningful games. We aren't going to dwell on this loss. We have to bounce back."

DWU takes on Doane at 4 p.m. on Saturday in Crete, Nebraska.

Dordt 78, Dakota Wesleyan 66

DWU (16-7, 6-5 GPAC): Trae Vandeberg 4-7 2-2 12, Nygel Drury 1-5 0-0 2, Tyson Smiley 3-7 1-1 7, Collin Kramer 2-4 0-0 6, Aaron Ahmadu 0-3 0-1 0, Samuel McCloud 1-2 0-0 3, Ty Hoglund 8-18 6-6 24, Jason Spicer 5-15 2-2 12, Totals 24-61, 11-12 66.

DC (10-12, 4-6 GPAC): Andrew O'Donnell 2-2 2-2 6, Marcus Winterfeld 4-6 6-6 14, Chad Barkema 4-8 2-4 12, Chandler Brunsting 05 0-0 0, Kobe Critchley 1-3 0-0 3, Ben Gesink 6-11 2-4 15, Jesse Jansma 5-10 0-0 11, Kyle Lang 4-10 3-4 13, Josh Van Lingen 2-3 0-0 4, Totals 28-58 15-20 78.

Halftime: DWU 31, DC 37; 3-point goals: DWU 7-28 (Hoglund 2-9, Kramer 2-4, Vandeberg 2-4, McCloud 1-2, Drury 0-3, Smiley 0-2, Ahmadu 0-2, Spicer 0-2), DC 7-23 (Lang 2-7, Barkema 2-4, Critchley 1-2, Gesink 1-2, Jansma 1-4, Brunsting 0-4); Rebounds: DWU 37 (Spicer 11), DC 32 (Winterfeld 7); Assists: DWU 13 (Spicer 6), DC 11 (Brunsting 3); Fouls: DWU 19, DC 14; Fouled out: DWU (none), DC (none); Turnovers: DWU 19, DC 11.

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