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Nick Wood of Midland goes up for shot as Chad Barkema of Dordt defends during Saturday afternoon’s game at the Wikert Event Center. Wood had 10 points in the Warriors’ 80-62 loss.

After beating ninth-ranked Briar Cliff on Wednesday night, Midland University coach Oliver Drake was hoping the Warriors would turn in another solid performance on Saturday afternoon against Dordt.

It didn’t happen.

The Defenders used a 13-0 first-half run to take control and they went on to defeat the Warriors 80-62 at the Wikert Event Center.

The Defenders forced 18 turnovers and limited Midland to 38.9 percent shooting from the field (21 of 52) while improving to 8-7 overall (3-2 in the Great Plains Athletic Conference). Midland falls to 8-5 overall and 2-4 in the league.

“Their pressure really affected us,” Midland coach Oliver Drake said. “I thought we were prepared for it, but obviously we didn’t do a good enough job of preparing our guys. We looked rattled and didn’t look like the team we can be. That is disappointing and I take the fault for that. We didn’t have our guys ready and that starts with me.”

Darrin Clark’s free throw gave Midland an 18-15 lead with 10:34 left in the first half, but the Defenders went on a 13-0 run. Freshman Jesse Jansma, who scored a game-high 27 points, had five points during the surge. Kyle Lang’s basket put Dordt up 28-18 with 6:18 left until the intermission.

Jansma entered the game as the Defenders’ fourth-leading scorer, but he hit 7 of 11 3-point shots. He is seventh in the conference in 3-point field goal percentage.

“We identified him as a shooter and (yet) we let him shoot uncontested 3s,” Drake said.

Ryan Williams and Nick Wood accounted for all of the Warriors’ points during a run that helped them close to 28-24, but the Defenders ended the half with a 9-0 surge that included another 3 by Jansma.

Isaiah Workman of the Warriors hit two field goals in the opening 92 seconds to help MU cut the deficit to 40-28, but the Defenders put the game away with a 12-2 scoring run.

Dordt coach Ross Douma said he was pleased with the way the Defenders bounced back from a 116-111 loss Wednesday night to Northwestern.

“We demonstrated a great deal of toughness on the road against a quality opponent following a frustrating loss,” he said. “This was a tough week from a schedule standpoint and our guys accepted the challenge today. ... Our young team took a significant step forward.”

Drake said following up a big win with a disappointing performance has been a bugaboo for the Warriors so far in the 2017-18 season.

“That has been our M.O. this year,” he said. “We will get a good win, but we can’t back them up. That is a sign of immaturity and things that we don’t want to be a part of as a team.”

Workman and Wood, both reserves, led the Warriors with 11 and 10 points, respectively. Another reserve, Tyler Craven had nine points.

Midland will look to bounce back on Saturday afternoon at Mount Marty. Tip-off is scheduled for 4 in Yankton, S.D.

Box Score

DORDT (80)

Alex Henrickson 4-9 2-2 2 12, Marcus Winterfeld 1-5 4-4 3 6, Chad Barkema 2-6 0-0 1 4, Chandler Brunsting 2-3 0-0 1 5, Kobe Critchley 0-0 0-0 2 0, Andrew O’Donnell 0-5 0-0 2 0, Ben Gesink 2-5 5-5 0 9, Jesse Jansma 9-15 2-2 3 27, Kyle Lang 4-7 0-0 2 10, Josh Van Lingen 0-0 1-2 3 1, Dejay Fykstra 2-2 2-2 2 6. Totals — 26-60 15-17 21 80.

MIDLAND (62)

Reggie Gradwell 3-7 1-3 2 8, TK Dixson 1-6 0-0 2 3, Ryan Williams 3-7 0-0 1 7, Chase Parson 1-8 4-6 4 6, Weston Shepard 1-1 0-0 0 3, Darrin Clark 2-8 1-4 1 5, Tyler Craven 3-5 2-4 2 9, Nick Wood 3-6 4-4 2 10, Isaiah Workman 4-6 3-4 3 11. Totals 21-54 15-25 17 62.

3-point field goals — Henrickson 2, Brunsting 1, Jansma 7, Lang 2, Gradwell, Dixson, Williams, Shepard, Craven. Rebounds: D 37 (Winterfeld 5, O’Donnell 5), MU 30 (Gradwell 7). Assists: D 16 (O’Donnell 5), MU 11 (Parsons 4). Turnovers: D 16, MU 18. Steals: D 11 (Five players with 2), MU 10 (Clark 2, Workman 2).

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