SIOUX CENTER, Iowa — Wednesday can’t come faster for the Hastings College men’s basketball team.
That’s when the Broncos will find out if they will receive an at-large bid to the NAIA national tournament after falling to No. 6 Dordt 83-67 Saturday in the conference semifinals.
Hastings, which was just receiving votes in the last NAIA Top 25 poll, is 21-10 overall and 14-6 in the GPAC.
At one point, the Broncos were rated as high as sixth in the country, but key injuries played a part in a tailspin that saw them lose four of their last six games.
Sitting outside of the poll may be what does it in for Hastings College. The only glimmer of hope is what took place last year, when No. 26-ranked Lourdes University (Ohio) was the last team to receive an at-large bid. Otherwise, its a rare occurrence to see an unranked team fill one of those spots.
Against Dordt, Hastings managed to tie the game early at 11-all. But the Defenders (28-4, 17-3) opened things up with an 11-0 run after that and never gave up the lead.
Hastings College committed five turnovers in Dordt’s big run.
Both squads shot about 45 percent from the floor, but the Defenders owned a 27-of-31 free throw advantage, while Hastings was 15-of-20. The Defenders also out-rebounded the Broncos 36-28.
Three Defenders finished in double figures, led by a game-high 21 points from Nathan Rindels.
Brett Wells led Hastings College with 17 points, while Brady Lollman had 11 points.