#5 Carter Kent drives to the hoop
Photo Courtesy of Olivia Dunklau
By Olivia Dunklau
On Saturday night in Friedrich Arena, the Bulldogs topped the number 16 ranked in the Great Plains Athletic Conference, Dakota Wesleyan Tigers 89-77.
The Bulldogs showed up to win after coming back from a hard loss against Dordt University on Feb. 3. Junior Gage Smith did not disappoint, scoring a new career-high of 32 points. Smith also earned nine rebounds, four assists, and two steals while making five of his nine attempted three-point shots.
“The support I had from teammates, coaches and fans was probably the best part,” Smith said. “I give all the credit to my teammates for having faith in me and helping me reach the 32 points.”
The energy Smith demonstrated undoubtedly radiated to his teammates. Junior Justin Wiersema had 15 points, three assists, and two steals. Junior Carter Kent totaled 13 points, six assists, and four steals. Next to hit double digits was freshman Cory Davila with 12 points and seven rebounds.
“We went into the game knowing it would be tough,” said Smith. “Right away, coming off strong and putting up points on the board felt really good and our overall team effort throughout the game kept us ahead making it capable for the win.”
The Tiger’s own junior Ace Zorr, hit his career high with 30 points but, it wasn’t enough to stop the Bulldogs. Concordia took their largest lead by 17 points in the second half and never dropped below a nine point lead after that.
The Bulldog’s record now stands at 15-8 overall and 12-6 in the Great Plains Athletic Conference. Having beaten the Hastings College Mustangs earlier this season, the Bulldogs will stay at home next Wednesday, Feb. 10, with tip-off at 8 p.m.