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Dordt stuns DWU men

An 18-0 run stunned and silenced the Corn Palace on Wednesday. Jesse Jansma's 3-pointer with 5.6 seconds left lifted Dordt College to a stunning 87-85 win over the No. 17 Dakota Wesleyan University men's basketball team. Jansma's 3-pointer capped...

Dakota Wesleyan University's Aaron Ahmadu (21) dribbles past the defense of Dordt College's Garrett Franken (22) during a game on Wednesday night at the Corn Palace. (Matt Gade / Republic)
Dakota Wesleyan University's Aaron Ahmadu (21) dribbles past the defense of Dordt College's Garrett Franken (22) during a game on Wednesday night at the Corn Palace. (Matt Gade / Republic)

An 18-0 run stunned and silenced the Corn Palace on Wednesday.

Jesse Jansma's 3-pointer with 5.6 seconds left lifted Dordt College to a stunning 87-85 win over the No. 17 Dakota Wesleyan University men's basketball team.

Jansma's 3-pointer capped off an 18-0 game-ending run by the Defenders, who once trailed by 25 points with just under 13 minutes left.

"We've got a devastated basketball team because there was absolutely no excuse for that and what happened," DWU coach Matt Wilber said after the Great Plains Athletic Conference game.

Jansma finished with 20 points and five 3-pointers, but none bigger than his last triple. Clinging to an 85-84 with 17 seconds left, DWU's Nick Harden missed two free throws that could have extended the margin to three points. On the ensuing possession, Jansma set a high-ball screen, slipped to the left wing and his pump fake sent DWU's Collin Kramer flying past him. Jansma then nailed the 3-pointer with 5.6 seconds on the clock.

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"I knew I was going to make it, honestly," Jansma said. "I had a turnover before. I forgot about that. I just had to go up and hit the shot and I got an opportunity. Teammates had a great screen for me, a great pass and I was able to get it through."

Wilber elected not to call a timeout and the Tigers (6-1, 2-1 GPAC) rushed the ball up the court. Aaron Ahmadu attacked the basket in the waning moments, but his contested layup was no good. Kramer's putback came after the buzzer sounded.

"In hindsight I should have called a timeout so we could do something," Wilber said. "But I wanted Ty (Hoglund) to get it and then Aaron had a layup. He had a layup and that's how that works. We had as good of a shot as we were going to get."

After the final horn, the Defenders (5-2, 2-1 GPAC) mobbed the court as the 2,513 fans at the Corn Palace went silent.

"Once I saw that ball out of the hoop and time run off, I just looked at my bench and my teammates were excited," Jansma said. "I just wanted to go celebrate with them. It was an awesome experience."

Hoglund finished with 21 points, while Harden added 16 points. Kramer had 15 points and eight rebounds. Ahmadu registered 17 points, seven rebounds, four assists and two steals.

Sparked by Hoglund and Kramer, the Tigers took a 51-31 lead into halftime. The Tigers used a 29-7 run to take control of the game. Hoglund sparked the surge and he had 17 points at the break. Kramer hit his first four shots from the field, including two 3-pointers.

"We had a tough start obviously and we said it from the get-go, we just have to keep chipping away," Jansma said. "We knew we could just keep chipping away and fight through that adversity."

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The Tigers stretched their lead to 69-44 just under 13 minutes left. However, the Defenders switched up their defense and used a 2-3 zone.

"They were burning us on our man," Jansma said. "We weren't playing good man. We went 2-3 and we just had different intensity in the second half on defense and that's just what we needed it. It wasn't anything scheme. We just needed to play better and harder."

It worked. Once the Defenders got within striking distance, they also started pressing the Tigers full court.

"They pressed us and we just got loose with the ball and uncomfortable and not attacking," Wilber said. "We just weren't prepared and I feel terrible that we weren't prepared for that and we didn't handle it better. I was just a little surprised to see us not handle it better, but we didn't."

Ahmadu's two free throws made it 85-69 with 4:25 left, but the Tigers failed to make another field goal or free throw down the stretch.

"I am going to give Dordt a ton of credit for making a ton of shots and a ton of plays and we missed every shot," Wilber said. "I would have loved to shot every one of those shots again, especially down the stretch. It's just absolutely devastating."

Dordt 87, No. 17 Dakota Wesleyan 85

Dordt (4-2, 1-1): Jesse Jansna 6-9 3-4 20, Garrett Franken 7-16 2-2 17, Ben Gesink 6-13 2-2 15, Josh Van Lingen 5-10 0-0 11, Chad Barkema 3-7 2-2 8, Zach Bussard 3-5 1-1 7, Cooper Ross 2-4 0-0 5, Chandler Brunsting 1-7 1-1 4. Alec Henrickson 0-5 0-0 0.

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Dakota Wesleyan (6-1, 2-1): Ty Hoglund 6-16 7-8 21, Aaron Ahmadu 6-10 2-3 17, Nick Harden 7-14 2-5 16, Collin Kramer 5-7 2-2 15, Samuel mcCloud 4-11 1-2 11, Nate Davis 1-4 0-0 3, Tristan Teichmeier 1-4 0-0 2, Koln Oppold 0-4 0-0 0.

Halftime: DWU 51-31. 3-point field goals: Dordt 10-27 (Jansma 5-7); DWU 11-32 (Kramer 3-5, Ahmadu 3-4, McCloud 2-9, Hoglund 2-6). Rebounds: Dordt 49 (Franken 14, Jansma 8, Van Lingen 8); DWU 31 (Kramer 8, Ahmadu 7, McCloud 6). Assists: Dordt 7 (Franken 3); DWU 14 (Ahmadu 4, Hoglund 3, Kramer 3). Blocks: Dordt 5 (Van Lingen 2); DWU 2 (McCloud 1, Kramer 1). Steals: Dordt 2 (Jansma 1, Franken 1); DWU 9 (McCloud 2, Ahmadu 2, Harden 2). Turnovers: Dordt 15; DWU 6. Total fouls: Dordt 17; DWU 12. A: 2,513.

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