Dordt Defender’s men battled through a tough first half and executed in the dying minutes to claim a 79-72 victory over Peru State in non-conference basketball at DeWitt Gym in Sioux Center, Iowa. Dordt withstood a 34-point blast from the Bobcats’ Jibril Harris, securing the win with balanced effort.
The game was a back-and-forth affair in the first half with the State of Peru, which made it difficult for Dordt to enter the stream. Back-to-back baskets from Man Man Baker, Jibril Harris and Tyrece Griggs gave the visitors a 31-24 lead with 3:04 left in the half. Jackson Louscher converted a three-point salary to stop the bleeding and Cade Bleeker reversed a three-point shot after a turnaround to sit at 31-30. The teams traded baskets and free throws in the last minute and the game was tied 34-34 at halftime.
With five minutes left in the second half, the State of Peru led 8-0 to lead 50-45, Harris scoring five of eight points. The Defenders came back with a pair of baskets and a Jacob Vis dunk with 10:28 left in the game gave Dordt the lead at 53-52. Two free throws from Harris gave Peru State their last lead at 10:05.
A Rankin basket followed by back-to-back buckets by Vis gave Dordt a 59-54 lead and the Defenders never led by less than three the rest of the game. A three-point shot from Bleeker at the 3:55 mark allowed Dordt to take seven points and Dordt held off every Peru State rally for the 79-72 victory.
Dordt was 29-51 on the field for 57% and converted 7-17 three-pointers. Dordt also converted 14-24 free throws.
Peru State was 28-58 from the field for 48% and converted 11-14 free throws.
Peru State had a 37-23 rebound advantage, but Dordt made just six turnovers and none in the second half.
Jacob Vis had 22 points and six rebounds with two assists and two blocked shots.
Cade Bleeker added 20 with five rebounds and Bryce Coppock and Luke Rankin 13 and 12 respectively with five assists each.
Harris had 34 points and 12 rebounds with three interceptions to set the pace for the State of Peru.
Dordt is now 9-3 while Peru State is 5-6.
Dordt will travel to Fremont, Nebraska on Saturday, December 4 to take on Midland in the GPAC.