Dordt Men Hope To End Skid Against Sliding Midland Saturday

Sioux Center, Iowa — The Dordt Defender men’s basketball team will host Midland at 3:45 pm on Saturday, January 22.

Midland is 14-8 overall and 5-7 in the conference and has lost four in a row since a January 5 win over Doane. The Warriors lost to Morningside by one, Dakota Wesleyan by three, Northwestern by 11 and Mount Marty most recently on January 19.

The Defenders are 13-7 this season and hold a 5-6 record in league play. Dordt’s lost their last three games after winning seven of eight and the last two losses have been by two points each.

The Defenders have outscored teams 83-72 and outrebound teams 37-33. Dordt converts 50 percent of its field goals and limit opponents to 44 percent. Dordt also makes 37 percent of their three-point shots.

Bryce Coppock is the leading scorer with an 18.4 points per game average with four rebounds and he has 38 made three-point shots. Jacob Vis scores 15.9 points per game and Cade Bleeker and Luke Rankin score 12.7 and 10.3 points per game respectively. Rankin hands out five assists per game and Jackson Louscher adds 7.8 points per game. Bleeker tops the team with 42 made three-point baskets and Rankin has 22 and Trey Hinote 23.

Dordt held on to win 88-83 in overtime in the first meeting on December 4. The Defenders were up 42-33 at halftime and had to withstand a 25 point outburst by Emanuel Bryson and Laurence Merritt added 23 with five assists. Dordt got 30 points from Vis and Coppock added 27 and Bleeker 16.

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