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Dordt College Men's Basketball vs. Southwest Minnesota State

November 17, 2009

(Marshall, Minnesota) The Dordt College Defender men's basketball team suffered its first loss of the 2009-2010 campaign on Tuesday night, November 17 in an 86-59 decision at the hands of Southwest Minnesota State. The Mustangs entered their opener as the #22 ranked team in NCAA Division II basketball and lived up to that billing with 64.5 percent shooting in the first half on the way to the win.

Things started well for the Defenders with the visitors building a 17-12 lead on a layup by Trevor Wolterstorff with 12:53 left in the first half. The rest of the half belonged to the hosts with Jordan Miller draining three straight three-pointers as the Mustangs went on a 15-0 run. Dordt scored with 7:26 left to go in the half on a Dustin Katje three-pointer but the hosts when on another tear, eventually building the lead to 51-25 at halftime.

The Defenders cut the difference to 20 at 53-33 on a pair of free throws by Katje with 18:05 left but the Defenders got no closer in getting outscored slightly in the second half 35-34.

Dordt was paced by Wolterstorff's 16 points on 6-8 shooting while Brandon Oldenkamp and Dustin Katje each had seven. Dordt made 22-55 shots from the floor and 4-15 three-pointers. Logan Kingma had five rebounds in the loss while the Defenders were outrebounded 37-28. Dordt committed 19 turnovers in its final tuneup before the conference season opens on Saturday.

"What was most disappointing was that I didn't feel like we always competed in the first half," said Dordt College coach Ross Douma. "Their size, quickness and athleticism gave us problems. We competed and played harder in the second half while we were working to get better."

Southwest Minnesota was 33-62 for the night from the field and started the game by hitting 20-31 shots in the first half. The shooting included 9-19 on three-pointers and they were 11-12 from the free throw line. Jordan Miller led all players with 26 points while making 8-9 three-pointers. Nick Dale, a 6-10 post player, presented problems off the bench for the Mustangs and scored 16 with eight rebounds.

Dordt drops to 3-1 while Southwest State is now 1-0. Dordt will host Dakota Wesleyan on Saturday in the second game of a women's and men's doubleheader that gets underway with women's action at 2:00.

Dordt's Current Record: 3-1 (0-0)
Opponent's Current Record: 1-0 (0-0)

Team 1st Half 2nd Half Final
Dordt College 25 34 59
Southwest Minnesota State 51 35 86
Dordt Rebounding Leaders Total
Logan Kingma 5
Jordan Vogel 4
Brandon Oldenkamp 4
Trevor Wolterstorff 4
Team Total: 28
Opponent Rebounding Leaders Total
Nick Dale 8
Kevin Andrews 7
Team Total: 37
Dordt Scoring Leaders Total
Trevor Wolterstorff 16
Brandon Oldenkamp 7
Dustin Katje 7
Team Total: 59
Opponent Scoring Leaders Total
Jordan Miller 26
Nick Dale 16
Kevin Andrews 12
Team Total: 86
Dordt Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 25/55 45%
3-Point Field Goals: 4/15 27%
Free Throws: 11/15 73%
Opponent Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 33/62 53%
3-Point Field Goals: 9/19 47%
Free Throws: 11/12 92%

For more information, please contact Mike Byker, Sports Information Director, at mbyker@dordt.edu or (712) 722-6301.