Dominant second half pushes DWU to 82-67 win
Whatever adjustments were made in the locker room at halftime for the Dakota Wesleyan men's basketball team worked on Wednesday. After shooting 36.1 percent in the first half and holding a slim 34-32 lead, the No. 13 Tigers shot 50 percent in the...
Whatever adjustments were made in the locker room at halftime for the Dakota Wesleyan men's basketball team worked on Wednesday.
After shooting 36.1 percent in the first half and holding a slim 34-32 lead, the No. 13 Tigers shot 50 percent in the second half to defeat Dordt College (Iowa) 82-67 at the Corn Palace in Mitchell.
On the other end of the court, the Defenders couldn't buy a bucket in either half, shooting 35.1 percent in the contest.
"We were lucky they weren't making shots because they had 17 offensive rebounds," DWU head coach Matt Wilber said. "I thought a lot of their shots could have gone, but defensively, we were scrappy and played tough. We normally don't foul a lot, but we did tonight and that reflected how physical we were today."
With the win, DWU retains its lead for second place in the Great Plains Athletic Conference with a 19-7 overall record and an 11-5 conference record.
Offensively, Jade Miller led the Tigers with 22 points on a 9 of 18 shooting effort and grabbed 14 rebounds, while Trae Vandeberg had 19 points and shot 7-of-12 from the floor including 4-of-7 from 3-point range.
"My teammates did a great job of getting me the ball when I was open tonight," Vandeberg said. "I tried to catch it and knock it down for them. It was a really fun game to be a part of."
Tate Martin also contributed to the win with 16 points and four assists. Coming into the contest averaging more than 20 points a game, Trae Bergh had an uncharacteristicly poor shooting night, going 2-of-13 from the floor and 1-of-8 from beyond the arc. Wilber said he was happy that Vandeberg and Miller were able to bail out his senior guard.
"Dordt absolutely guarded the heck out of Trae Bergh tonight," Wilber said. "Teams are starting to do that more, and we've been relying on him to carry us to this point so it was nice to see other guys step up. Vandeberg and Miller came in and made shots tonight, and they couldn't make any when we were (at Dordt). Sometimes it just comes down to making shots every once in awhile."
Leighton Sampson led Dordt (13-12, 8-8 GPAC) with 19 points, while Dalton Franken added 14 in the loss. Nathan Rindels scored the Defenders' first nine points of the contest, but was only held to two points for the remainder of the game, finishing with 11.
"I think we left some shots on the floor," Dordt head coach Ross Douma said. "Some of our guys who are very dependable missed some shots, but I thought being only down two at half not shooting well was a good sign. But credit Dakota Wesleyan, they came out and played like a veteran team right out of the gate in the second half. They got on top of us and made us panic a bit."
The Tigers take on Nebraska Wesleyan University at 4 p.m. on Saturday at the Corn Palace.
Dordt (13-12, 8-8 GPAC) 67
Andrew O'Donnell 0-6 0-0 0 Nathan Rindels 5-12 0-0 11 JD Boer 0-1 0-0 0 Dalton Franken 5-18 3-6 14 Leighton Sampson 7-13 5-8 19 Alec Henrickson 4-9 0-2 11 Bryan Sumner 1-4 0-0 2 Austin Bykerk 1-2 0-1 2 Grant Harkness 1-4 2-2 4 Patrick Knoblauch 0-1 0-0 0 Taylor Feenstra 2-4 0-0 4 TOTALS 26-74 10-21 67
Dakota Wesleyan (19-7, 11-5) 82
Trae Bergh 2-13 2-2 7 Terrell Newton 2-7 0-0 4 Tate Martin 6-10 2-2 16 Jade Miller 9-18 2-2 14 Kellen Barden 3-4 0-1 6 Trae Vandeberg 7-12 1-1 19 Brady Wohler 2-3 1-3 5 Jason Spicer 1-6 1-1 3 Jon Harmening 0-0 0-0 0 Aaron Ahmadu 0-1 0-0 0 TOTALS 32-74 9-12 82
Halftime score: DWU 34, Dordt 32; 3-point goals: Dordt 5-12 (Rindels 1, Franken 1, Henrickson 3), DWU 9-28 (Bergh 1, Miller 2, Martin 2, Vandeberg 4); Rebounds: Dordt 44 (Franken 9), DWU 43 (Miller 14); Assists: Dordt 11 (O'Donnell 4, Rindels 4), DWU 13 (Martin 4); Total fouls: Dordt 15, DWU 18; Turnovers: Dordt 12, DWU 10