Second Half Rally comes up Just Short
The Tigers second half surge came up just short on Saturday as Doane fell at the hands of Dordt College, 70-69. The Tigers trailed by as much as 12 points in the first half before cutting the lead to eight points going into halftime.
The second half run was sparked by senior Todd Kraus. Kraus scored the first 11 points of the half, going 4-of-4 from the floor with three three-point baskets.
Doane gained their first lead of the game with 9:07 left in the second half on a Kolby Hamilton basket. He was fouled and converted his free throw to make the score 53-51. Dordt regained the lead two minutes later and held the lead until 1:33 left in the game.
Down two, 65-63, Brent Cole drew a foul on Logan Kingma. Kingma fouled out of the game and upon his exit, he also received a technical foul. Cole converted four free throws to give Doane a 67-65 lead.
On Dordt's next possession, the Defenders drew a foul on Kraus and hit both free throws to tie the game at 67 apiece.
After a missed jumper by Dane Cruz, Dordt gained possession and again drew a foul. This time they converted one free throw to take a one point lead. After a Tiger timeout, Cruz hit a lay-up with 15 seconds remaining in the contest and Doane ahead 69-68.
With five seconds remaining and Dordt struggling to get a play set up, a foul was called against Doane near the mid-court line. Dordt hit both free throws to grab the win. Cruz missed on a running jumper attempt and Hamilton's tip also rolled off the rim in the final seconds.
Cole finished with a game-high 24 points. Kraus added 17 points with Cruz and Hamilton contributing 11 points each.
Dordt was led by Eric Van Maanen's 18 points as four Defenders finished in double figures.
The Tigers, still in the race for home court in the first round of the GPAC tournament and possible first round bye, will host Hastings College on Wednesday, February 7. Tip-off is set for 7:30 p.m.