Release Courtesy of Nebraska Wesleyan Athletics
A pair of winning streaks were snapped on Saturday afternoon (Feb. 15) as 3rd-ranked Dordt College defeated Nebraska Wesleyan University 82-71 in GPAC men's college basketball action at Snyder Arena.
The loss ends the Prairie Wolves four-game winning streak, and also gives the Defenders their first win in Lincoln since 2007 as they had lost four straight in Snyder Arena.
Dordt flexed their muscle early and jumped out to a 19-5 lead eight minutes into the game. They led 26-12 when NWU went on a mini run to cut the lead down to eight points at 27-19. The Prairie Wolves then had five empty possessions on offense as they couldn't cut the lead closer. The Defenders ended the half with a 40-21 lead.
In the second half, Dordt got up by as many as 24 points with just under 15 minutes to play. The Prairie Wolves then slowly would chip away at the lead and cut it down under 15 points several times.
A layup by Trevor Johnson with 2:45 left made it a 73-63 lead then Eric Jackson converted a driving layup and was fouled to pull within 73-65 with 1:28 remaining. Jackson missed the free throw but NWU retained possession only to miss a layup and two free throws as they could not take advantage and make it a two possession game.
Dordt's length and ability to get to the free throw line was the difference as they affected shots, held a 46-36 advantage on the glass and outscored the Prairie Wolves by 15 at the free throw line. The Defenders finished the game 26-37 at the free throw line compared to 11-17 for NWU.
Trevor Johnson had a double-double to lead Nebraska Wesleyan. Johnson had 17 points and 10 rebounds to pace the Prairie Wolves. Trey Bardsley scored 16 points on 4-12 from 3-point range while Eric Jackson chipped in 14 points. NWU shot only 39.1 percent as a team.
Kyle Lindbergh had a huge game for Dordt with 19 points, 17 rebounds and five assists. Austin Katje was the leading scorer with 23 points, while guard Nathan Rindels also had a double-double of 18 points 10 rebounds.
NWU will look to bounce back in its final home game of the season on Wednesday (Feb. 19) as they host rival Doane College on Senior Day. All seven seniors will be honored before the game.