Dordt College remained one of the hottest teams in the Great Plains Athletic Conference as they won their eighth game in the last nine tries as they defeated Nebraska Wesleyan, 84-59, in GPAC men's basketball action on Saturday afternoon (Feb. 13) in Sioux Center, Iowa.
The loss snapped NWU's win streak at four games as the Prairie Wolves fall to 10-13 overall and an even 8-8 in GPAC play while the Defenders improve to 17-9, 8-8.
Dordt shot 53.3 percent from the field, including 56.3 percent in the first half as the Defenders jumped out to a 42-28 lead at halftime. The 84 points scored by Dordt, was the most allowed by NWU all season.
The game was tied five times in the first half, before Dordt went on a 8-0 run from 13:10-10:39 and NWU would only get within eight points once the rest of the game.
In the second half, NWU cut the score to 49-39 at the 13:35 mark, but Dordt would score the next 12 points to go up by 22 points and never look back.
Nebraska Wesleyan had shot over 50 percent the last four games, but struggled shooting on Saturday, especially from 3-point range as they were 2-17 from beyond the arc.
The talented Dordt twosome of Logan Kingma and Michael Eekhoff showed why they are two of the top players in the GPAC. Kingma led all scorers with 17 points, while Eekhoff chipped in 14. Leading scorer Trevor Wolterstorff added 15 and Dustin Katje came off the bench to go 5-5, 4-4 from 3-point range for 14 as four players reached double figures for the Defenders.
NWU had two players in double figures led by Jake Spurgeon who scored 12 points and had six rebounds. Jim Lance scored 10 points.
Nebraska Wesleyan will close out their final season next week by traveling to Concordia on Wednesday before Senior Day on Saturday, Feb. 20 at home against Morningside.