In yet another instillation of the Dordt/Northwestern rivalry, junior Jon Kramer hit a three-pointer at the buzzer to down the Defenders 85-82 Saturday night. NW improved to 18-5 overall and 11-2 in the conference. Dordt fell to 13-8 and 6-5 in the GPAC.
The Raiders started out cold from the field, not scoring a field goal for the first six minutes, but still keeping Dordt in sight with a score of 7-12. Dordt stayed in control of the lead and were up by as much as 13 until the Raiders began their charge on a four-point play by junior Walker Seim. The Dordt Defenders took a 45-35 lead into halftime.
Sophomore Daniel Van Kalsbeek’s lay-up with 6:39 to go gave NW its first lead of the game, 65-64. With 17 seconds left to play, Kramer went to the line and sunk two free throws to put the Raiders up 82-79. Dordt’s sophomore Cliff Warner drained an equalizing, and seemingly the biggest, three of the night with only four seconds left. Following a Raider timeout, sophomore Ben Miller inbounded the ball to Kramer, who drove the right wing and put up his game-winner from 25 feet out.
Miller (16 pts,11 reb) and Van Kalsbeek (12 pts,10 reb) both registered double-doubles to led the Raiders. Seim also led NW in points with 16, and senior Ryan Hoogeveen added 10. Kramer dropped a career high 13 off the bench. Sophomore Stu Goslinga ripped down 10 boards on the night. With the win, the Raiders remain alone atop the GPAC standings.