Release Courtesy of Nebraska Wesleyan Athletics
Nebraska Wesleyan held high flying Dordt College 25 points under their season scoring average but the 5th-ranked Defenders led the entire way en route to a 66-57 victory on Saturday afternoon (Jan. 11) at DeWitt Gym in Sioux Center, Iowa.
Dordt College, which has not lost a regular season home game since 2011 dating back 34 games, led 36-25 and led by as many as 18 points midway through the second half.
NWU drops its third straight game for its first three-game losing streak of the season as the Prairie Wolves are now 8-6 overall, 3-6 in GPAC play.
The Prairie Wolves fought the entire way and cut the lead down to eight points late in the second half but could get no closer.
Senior guard Jonah Bradley tied his season-high with 20 points as he scored 16 of his points in the second half. Bradley was 4-5 from 3-point range and also led the team with eight rebounds.
Trevor Johnson was the only other NWU player to score in double figures as he scored 12 points but shot just 4-10 from the field after entering the game leading the country in field goal percentage.
As a team, NWU shot just 39.7 percent from the floor and was outrebounded by 10.
Dordt (17-2, 9-1 GPAC) had three players in double figures with freshman Dalton Franken leading the way at 13 points. Nathan Rindels scored 12 and Bryan Sumner 11 for the Defenders who shot 43.1 percent.
NWU will now try to rebound with a road game at rival Doane College next Wednesday in Crete.