Dordt College Men's Basketball vs. Northwestern

December 1, 2010

(Sioux Center, Iowa) The Defenders raced out to an 11-0 lead and held a 4 point margin at half-time before fading down the stretch in losing a 79-65 GPAC match up against the Northwestern Red Raiders.

A pair of Dordt freshman got the Defenders jump started with Kyle Lindbergh scoring the first 5 points of the contest followed by 6 from Austin Katje to allow Dordt to open up the contest with an 11-0 run. Northwestern proceeded to go on a 9-2 run capped by a Ryan Hoogeveen 3 pointer to pull the Raiders to within 4 at 13-9 with 12:30 to play in the first half. Northwestern continued to chip away at the Dordt lead and Seim Walker's first basket of the night gave the Raiders their first lead of game at 26-25 with 3:57 to go in the half. The Defenders outscored Northwestern 9-3 over the final 4 minutes of the half to take a 4 point lead into the locker room at 33-29.

Early in the second half the game was knotted at 36-36 when another Seim Walker 3 ball gave the Raiders a 3 point lead at 17:40. Over the next 4 minutes Dordt showed some poise and outscored Northwestern 13-3, punctuated by a Shawn Keizer lay-up to give the Defenders a 7 point lead at 49-42 with 13:30 to play. The Raiders answered with a 12 point run to take a 5 point lead at 54-49 on a pair of Ryan Hoogeveen free throws with 10 minutes to play. Two free throws by Jordan Vogel and a Bobby Sherwood basket from behind the arc tied the game at 54-54 with 9:31 to go. Daniel Van Kalsbeek his a jumper on the next possession to give the Raiders a lead that they would not surrender. Northwestern held a slim 2 to 5 point lead on Dordt over the next 5 minutes and a Ben Miller layup for the Raiders opened up a 7 point lead with just over 3 minutes to go and Northwestern scored the last 6 points on the night to take a 14 point win.

"We had 5 really good practices leading up to this game and I feel like we are definitely getting better every day. We played well at times but we just need to close better in the final minutes," remarked Dordt Head Coach Ross Douma. "The first half was not really a pretty half of basketball. (Ben) Miller was a tough match up for us all night. Now we just need to focus on the next game and get ready for Morningside."

Daniel Van Kalsbeek had 23 for Northwestern to lead all scorers and Ben Miller added 22 for the Red Raiders while also pulling down a game high 12 rebounds, including 4 on the offensive end.

Austin Katje led the Defenders with 15 points and was 3 of 6 from 3 point range. Jordan Vogel, who returned to action after sitting out with a foot injury, knocked in 13 while Brad Van Staalduinen had 12 and Kyle Lindbergh finished with 10.

Both teams turned the ball over 15 times but the Raiders owned a substantial lead in rebounds, pulling down 50 while Dordt snagged 37.

Dordt shot 34.4 % from the floor and Northwestern finished at 42% on the night with a strong 53.3% in the second half. The Raiders were 21 of 31 from the charity stripe from 68% while Dordt was 17 of 24 for 71%.

Other GPAC scores from this evening;
Nebraska Wesleyan at 50
Briar Cliff 65

Midland at 79
Hastings 89

Morningside at 62
Sioux Falls 60

Concordia at 65
Doane 82

Dakota Wesleyan at 69
Mount Marty 62

Standings GPAC/Overall:
Briar Cliff 3-0/9-0
Doane 2-0/7-2
Dakota Wesleyan 2-1/7-2
Concordia 2-1/6-2
Northwestern 2-1/7-4
Morningside 2-1/4-5
Nebraska Wesleyan 1-1/3-3
Sioux Falls 1-2/4-4
Hastings 1-2/4-7
Dordt 0-2/5-5
Mount Marty 0-2/0-6
Midland 0-3/2-8

The Defenders will next travel to Sioux City to take on Morningside at 4:00 pm on Saturday, December 4.

Dordt's Current Record: 5-5 (0-0)
Opponent's Current Record: 7-4 (2-1)

Team 1st Half 2nd Half Final
Dordt College 33 32 65
Northwestern 29 50 79
Dordt Rebounding Leaders Total
Jordan Vogel 7
Austin Katje 7
Kyle Lindbergh 6
Bradley Van Staalduinen 4
Team Total: 37
Opponent Rebounding Leaders Total
Miller, Ben 12
Goslinga, Stuart 9
Van Kalsbeek, Daniel 8
Dunkelberger, Brent 6
Team Total: 50
Dordt Scoring Leaders Total
Austin Katje 15
Jordan Vogel 13
Bradley Van Staalduinen 12
Kyle Lindbergh 10
Team Total: 65
Opponent Scoring Leaders Total
Van Kalsbeek, Daniel 23
Miller, Ben 22
Seim, Walker 13
Hoogeveen, Ryan 10
Team Total: 79
Dordt Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 22/64 34%
3-Point Field Goals: 4/15 27%
Free Throws: 17/24 71%
Opponent Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 27/64 42%
3-Point Field Goals: 4/12 33%
Free Throws: 21/31 68%

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