Dordt College Men's Basketball vs. Morningside

December 4, 2010

(Sioux City, Iowa) A frantic 15-point comeback by the Dordt College Defenders in the closing minutes of their game with Morningside in Sioux City, Iowa, was squashed when the Mustangs went the length of the floor for a three-point basket at the buzzer to take a final of 82-79.

Dordt led much of the first half and was up 40-36 at the half after Austin Katje knocked down three free throws with half a second left in the period. The free throws capped a 13 point first half for Katje.

Dordt pushed out to a seven point lead early in the second half on a Chris Sievers basket. Morningside would dominate the next minutes, getting in front 71-56 with 5:38 left in the game. During that time Dordt charged back to within one on a four-point play by Austin Vande Vegte followed by a three-point basket by the sophomore from Rock Valley. The lead then built to the 71-56 difference on a 14 point run by the hosts.

The Defenders got back to within nine but were still down by that margin with 3:14 left at 77-68. Dordt scored the next seven points on a three-pointer by Austin Katje and baskets by Trevor Wolterstorff and Chris Sievers. Dordt eventually tied it on a pair of free throws by VandeVegte with :05.4 left on the clock. The ensuing in-bounds pass was tipped but the Mustangs still had enough time to recover the ball, take two dribbles, make a pass and get a 22-footer by Garth Hamilton to bank in from straight on for the win.

Dordt converted 24-50 shots and 10-19 three-pointers with 21-25 free throws made. Morningside made 29-60 shots and was 10-22 on three-pointers with a 14-22 day at the free throw line. Both teams had 32 rebounds. Dordt turned the ball over 25 times to 20 times for the hosts.

Austin Katje had 19 points on 5-9 shooting and he was 4-7 on three-point tries. Wolterstorff had 16 points in his first action in two weeks after suffering a should injury. Bobby Sherwood and Vande Vegte had nine points each. Sievers had eight points and seven rebounds.

Kevin Zoz had 19 points while making 5-10 three-pointers and Garth Hamilton managed to get 18 with five rebounds.

Dordt will travel to Briar Cliff in Sioux City on Wednesday, December 8 in its next action.

GPAC Scores:
Briar Cliff at 65
Doane 64

Dordt at 79
Morningside 82

Mount Marty at 73
Nebraska Wesleyan 55

Northwestern at 85
Hastings 74

Dakota Wesleyan at 71
Concordia 82

Midland at 53
Sioux Falls 91

GPAC Standings:
Briar Cliff 4-0/10-0
Concordia 3-1/7-2
Northwestern 3-1/8-4
Morningside 3-1/5-5
Doane 2-1/7-3
Dakota Wesleyan 2-2/7-3
Sioux Falls 2-2/5-4
Nebraska Wesleyan 1-2/3-4
Mount Marty 1-2/1-6
Hastings 1-3/4-8
Dordt 0-3/5-6
Midland 0-4/2-9

Dordt's Current Record: 5-6 (0-0)
Opponent's Current Record: 5-5 (3-1)

Team 1st Half 2nd Half Final
Dordt College 40 39 79
Morningside 36 46 82
Dordt Rebounding Leaders Total
Chris Sievers 7
Trevor Wolterstorff 5
Austin Katje 5
Team Total: 32
Opponent Rebounding Leaders Total
Trent Miller 5
Mitchell Schultze 5
Garth Hamilton 5
Team Total: 32
Dordt Scoring Leaders Total
Austin Katje 19
Trevor Wolterstorff 16
Team Total: 79
Opponent Scoring Leaders Total
Kevin Zoz 19
Garth Hamilton 18
Trent Miller 16
Team Total: 82
Dordt Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 24/50 48%
3-Point Field Goals: 10/19 53%
Free Throws: 21/25 84%
Opponent Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 29/60 48%
3-Point Field Goals: 10/22 45%
Free Throws: 14/22 64%

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