Nebraska Wesleyan scored just seven points in the first 13 minutes of the game and dug themselves into a deep hole as 4th-ranked Dordt College remained unbeaten on the season with a 72-48 victory over the Prairie Wolves on Saturday afternoon (Dec. 10) in Sioux Center, Iowa.
The Prairie Wolves fall to 5-4 overall and 1-4 in the GPAC while the Defenders improved to 13-0 and on top of the league standings with a 5-0 mark in the GPAC.
Dordt jumped ahead 19-5 at the 10:31 mark as NWU could not get their offense on track. Once the double digit lead was established the Prairie Wolves played even with the Defenders, but never got within single digits. Dordt led 35-21 at halftime.
NWU was still within 12 points at 48-36 at the 12:21 mark and still within striking distance. However, Dordt would go on a 13-0 run to get ahead by 25 points and they cruised from there.
Trevor Johnson was the only NWU player to reach double figures as he had a team-high 15 points. Mitch Liberty came off the bench to score eight points, while Trent Scheitel came off the bench to lead NWU with six rebounds.
All-American Trevor Wolterstorff led Dordt with 17 points, while Austin Katje and Chris Sievers both had 10 points.
NWU will now have a week off before hosting Mount Marty on Dec. 17 at Snyder Arena.