12th-ranked Dordt College opened the second half on a 20-4 run and held Nebraska Wesleyan without a field goal for the first nine minutes of the second half as the Defenders rolled past the Prairie Wolves, 97-68, in GPAC men's basketball action on Saturday afternoon (Jan. 19) in Sioux Center, Iowa.
NWU drops its fifth straight game to fall to 8-10 overall and now sits at 3-10 in GPAC play. Dordt, ranked No. 12 in the NAIA II poll, is now 17-5.
The Prairie Wolves stayed right with the Defenders in the first half. Dordt built up 11 point leads two different times, but NWU came back and trailed by only six points at halftime, 46-40.
Dordt came out of the second half locker room on fire as they went on a 20-4 run to build up a 20-point lead eight minutes into the second half.
Byron Thompson finally made a basket at the 11:08 mark of the second half for the first made field goal for the Prairie Wolves.
In the first half, Dordt shot over 55 percent from the field and dominated the glass with 22 rebounds, compared to just seven for NWU. The Defenders finished with a 23-rebound advantage (45-22) in the game and shot 58.3 percent from the floor as a team.
Four players scored in double figures for both teams. NWU was led by Trent Scheitel and Eric Jackson who each scored 13 points. All of Jackson's points came in the first half. Trevor Johnson and Trey Bardsley each had 11 points.
For Dordt, Chris Sievers led all scorers with 17 points. Trevor Wolterstorff scored 16, Chris Warner 15 and Jordan Vogel 10.
Nebraska Wesleyan will now return home for two home games to try and snap their losing streak. The Prairie Wolves host Midland on Wednesday night and Mount Marty on Saturday.