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Last-second shot pushes Dordt past DWU men

Dakota Wesleyan University's Nick Harden (3) dribbles past Dordt College's Jesse Jansma (2) as DWU's Samuel McCloud (23) looks on during a game on Nov. 14 at the Corn Palace. (Matt Gade / Republic)

SIOUX CENTER, Iowa -- With No. 15 Dakota Wesleyan University’s leading scorer sidelined with an illness, Dordt College came away with an 81-79 upset win in Great Plains Athletic Conference play.

DWU guard and the nation’s fifth leading scorer Ty Hoglund was out with an illness. Nick Harden did as much as he could to keep the Tigers in the game, scoring a game-high 25 points on 9 of 17 shooting. He also made three 3-pointers, including the game-tying 3 with seven seconds left to tie the game at 79-79.

However, Zach Bussard’s layup in traffic with two seconds remaining ended up being the game-winner as Tristan Teichmeier’s last-second heave was no good.

The Tigers (13-5, 6-4 GPAC) went 14-for-36 from deep, though started strong with four 3s in the first 4:33 to take a 14-9 lead. Dordt battled back to tie the game 22-22, but DWU answered with a 16-8 run to end the half. The run was sparked by four 3-pointers, as well.

Dordt clawed its way back into the game multiple times after the break. It scored the first five points of the second half, though allowed DWU to go on a 13-4 run of its own for a 51-39 advantage with 13 minutes to play.

The Defenders stole the momentum once again, and didn’t let go. Garrett Franken, who had a team-high 22 points, hit a 3 with 7:33 remaining to give the Defenders their first lead of the half, 61-60.

The lead grew to as many as five points (71-66) at one point, thanks in part to Chad Barkema. He went 5-for-7 from the field and 7 of 7 at the free-throw line for 17 points and seven rebounds to help Dordt (12-7, 5-5 GPAC) shoot 46 percent from the field. The Defenders also went 8 of 19 from deep.

Harden scored 10 of the Tigers’ final 13 points, with Teichmeier, who finished with nine points and seven rebounds, scoring the other three. Aaron Ahmadu added 16 points and Collin Kramer recorded a double-double with 10 points and 14 boards. As a team, the Tigers shot 43.9 percent from the field.

Despite only committing three more fouls, DWU struggled to get to the line as Dordt had 11 more free throw attempts. Dordt also owned a slight advantage on the glass, 40-35. Neither team turned it over a lot, with DWU giving it away 12 times and Dordt owning 13 turnovers.

The Tigers host Midland University at 4 p.m. Sunday at the Corn Palace.

Dordt College 81, No. 15 Dakota Wesleyan 79

Dakota Wesleyan (13-5, 6-4 GPAC): Nick Harden 9-17 4-5 25, Aaron Ahmadu 5-10 2-3 16, Collin Kramer 4-10 0-0 10, Koln Oppold 3-8 0-0 9, Tristan Teichmeier 4-7 1-1 9, Samuel McCloud 2-9 0-0 6, Mason Larson 2-5 0-2 4, Noah Vettrus 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 29-66 7-9 79.

Dordt (12-7, 5-5): Garrett Franken 8-18 3-5 22, Chad Barkema 5-7 7-7 17, Ben Gesink 4-9 0-0 10, Josh Van Lingen 3-8 2-4 8, Jesse Jansma 3-5 0-0 7, Cooper Ross 2-3 0-0 5, Alec Henrickson 2-6 0-0 5, Zach Bussard 2-5 0-1 4, Chandler Brunsting 0-2 3-3 3, Caleb Harmsen 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 29-63 15-20 81.

Halftime: DWU 38, Dordt 30. 3-pointers: D 8-19 (Franken 3-5, Gesink 2-3, Ross 1-1, Jansma 1-3, Henrickson 1-4, Brunsting 0-1, Van Lingen 0-2); DWU 14-36 (Ahmadu 4-8, Harden 3-6, Oppold 3-7, Kramer 2-4, McCloud 2-9, Larson 0-2). Rebounds: D 40 (Van Lingen 11, Barkema 7, Franken 6); DWU 35 (Kramer 14, Teichmeier 7, McCloud 5). Assists: D 12 (Jansma 2, Barkema 2, Brunsting 2, Gesink 2, Van Lingen 2); DWU 16 (Kramer 4, Harden 3, Oppold 3, Ahmadu 3). Blocks: D 4(); DWU 3 (). Steals: D 8 (Barkema 2, Brunsting 2); DWU 8 (Harden 4, McCloud 2, Larson 2). Turnovers: D 13; DWU 12. Total fouls: D 14; DWU 17.

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