No. 25 DWU men rally past Dordt in OT

SIOUX CENTER, Iowa--For the first time since 2007, the Dakota Wesleyan University men's basketball team earned a win over Dordt College in Sioux Center, Iowa.

SIOUX CENTER, Iowa-For the first time since 2007, the Dakota Wesleyan University men's basketball team earned a win over Dordt College in Sioux Center, Iowa.

The No. 25 Tigers scored 21 points in overtime and got a career-high 29 points from Jason Spicer to pull out a 118-111 Great Plains Athletic Conference victory on Wednesday.

Spicer hit a game-tying 3-pointer with 4 seconds left in regulation and a game-winning 3-pointer by Dordt missed as the game went into overtime tied at 97.

"It was an unbelievable basketball game back-and-forth," said DWU head coach Matt Wilber, who praised Dordt's team. "What a resilient bunch our guys were. It was one of those historic games for how it played out."

Both the Tigers and Defenders shot 50 percent from the field as DWU went 35-of-70 and Dordt went 44-of-87. DWU went 12-of-30 from behind the arc for 40 percent, while Dordt went 9-of-23 for 39 percent.


"Dordt's a big-time basketball team and there's been some really good DWU basketball teams, including a couple that I've coached, that have gone down there and gotten beat," Wilber said. "I can't say enough about how impressed I am with our basketball team, and how they played in that situation and that environment."

Spicer was 11-of-12 from the field and 6-of-8 from the free-throw line, while Collin Kramer added 12 points and 14 rebounds for a double-double. Ty Hoglund chipped in 25 points and eight rebounds and Nate Davis added 24 points.

"He only missed one shot," Wilber said about Spicer's game. "He flat-out carried us inside. We've been getting that out of Jason Spicer and that's really encouraging."

Tate Martin had 15 points and 15 assists for a double-double and Trae VandeBerg added 13 points to round out DWU's scoring. The Tigers won the rebounding battle 52-40 and committed 15 turnovers in the win.

For Dordt, Dalton Franken scored a game-high 34 points, while Alec Henrickson added 24 points in the loss.

Wilber noted that Kramer, Hoglund and Davis, all true freshmen, combined for 61 points and 21 rebounds in the win.

"That's an unbelievable game from a trio of anybody, let alone true freshman," Wilber said. "What big-time performances outta all of those guys."

DWU (5-1, 1-0 GPAC) hosts Midland at 4 p.m. on Saturday at the Corn Palace in Mitchell.


"I think Midland is the best team in the GPAC," Wilber said. "They're big, they're strong and they're athletic. I know our guys are going to be excited to play that game, but Midland is flat-out really good, and really, really good defensively."

DWU 45 52 (21)-118

DC 40 57 (14)-111

Dakota Wesleyan (5-1, 1-0 GPAC)

Trae Vandeberg 4-12 2-3 13, Nate Davis 7-11 5-5 24, Tate Martin 3-9 9-12 15, Collin Kramer 3-6 5-6 12, Aaron Ahmadu 0-3 0-0 0, Ty Hoglund 7-17 9-10 25, Tyson Jenkins 0-0 0-0 0, Jason Spicer 11-12, 6-8 29. Totals 35-70, 36-44, 118.

Dordt College (5-3, 0-1 GPAC)

Andrew O'Donnell 5-10 3-3 14, Alec Henrickson 8-15 3-4 24, Marcus Winterfeld 1-3 0-1 2, Chad Barkema 0-0 0-0 0, Chandler Brunsting 0-0 0-0 0, Alex Terpstra 3-8 2-2 11, Josh Van Lingen 3-9 2-6 8, Dalton Franken 15-23 4-4 34, Leighton Sampson 7-15 0-3 14, Taylor Feenstra 2-4 0-0 4. Totals: 44-87, 14-23, 111.

FG percent: DWU 50.00, DC 50.57. Three-pointers: DWU 12-30 ( Davis 5-8, Vandeberg 3-7, Hoglund 2-7, Spicer 1-1, Kramer 1-3, Martin 0-3, Ahmadu 0-1), DC 9-23 (Henrickson 5-9, Terpstra 3-8, O'Donnell 1-3, Winterfeld 0-1, Franken 0-2). Rebounds: DWU 52 (Kramer 14), DC 40 (Franken 12). Fouls: DWU 22, DC 28. Fouled out: Henrickson. Technical: none. Assists: DWU 19 (Martin 15), DC 13 (O'Donnell 6). Steals: DWU 3, DC 4. Blocked shots: DWU 1, DC 2. Turnovers: DWU 15, DC 8.

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