January 10, 2019 - 9:28 am - Posted in Sports

Dordt College overcame a double-digit deficit in the second half to knock off Dakota Wesleyan in GPAC play Wednesday night in Sioux Center 81-79.

The two teams were even at 22-22 with 7:28 remaining in the half before Wesleyan went on an 11-0 run and settled for a 38-30 halftime lead.

The Tigers pushed the lead all the way to 51-39 with 12:58 remaining but a floater by Alec Henrickson started the comeback. Ben Gesink later hit a three-point basket to get Dordt within 53-47 and three free throws by Chandler Brunsting got the Defenders within 60-58 with 8:05 remaining.

A Garrett Franken basket with 7:33 left in the game put Dordt up 61-60 and the hosts built the lead to 68-62 on a pair of Franken free throws with 5:15 left in the game.

Wesleyan rallied to tie the game at 71-71 but a pair of Josh Van Lingen free throws and a basket by Zach Bussard put Dordt up by four. Wesleyan came back with a three-point play but Chad Barkema mad four straight free throws sandwiched around a Nick Harden basket for the Tigers and Dordt was up 79-76.

With seven seconds left Harden hit a three to tie the game. Dordt got the ball inbounded to Ben Gesink near midcourt and the guard penetrated the lane and found Zach Bussard who wrestled the ball away and scored a lay up with two seconds left.

Wesleyan had a pass to midcourt and a heave that was off the mark and Dordt survived for the two-point win.

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