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Dordt College Men's Basketball vs. Briar Cliff

December 8, 2010

(Sioux City, Iowa) The #4 ranked Briar Cliff Chargers defeated Dordt College 84-73 this evening to improve to 11-0 on the season and 5-0 in GPAC play.

Early turnover problems for the Defenders enabled the Chargers to storm out to a 32-12 lead before a surge by Dordt late in the half enabled them to cut the gap down to 8 at 46-38 going into the break.

A layup by Kyle Lindbergh gave the visiting Defenders an 8-5 lead at 18:28. Over the next 6 minutes the Defenders gave up the ball 9 times, leading to a 19-2 run by the Chargers and putting Briar Cliff on top 24-10 with 12:19 to go. Briar Cliff improved the lead to 20 points at 32-12 on a Michael Collison jumper with 10:23 to play. A pair of 3 pointers by Dordt freshman Austin Katje helped Dordt outscore the Chargers 26-14 over the final 10 minutes of the first half to pull within 8 point at 46-38.

A layup by Dordt's Trevor Wolterstorff with 15:16 to play in the game got the Defenders to within 6 at 54-48 but the Chargers scored the next 7 points to push the gap to 11 at 59-48 and Briar Cliff enjoyed a 22 point lead with 6 minutes to play at 78-56. Once again, the Defenders showed some spark in a late half surge outscoring Briar Cliff 15-2 over the next 5 minutes and a Jordan Vogel jumper made it a nine point game at 80-71 with 43 seconds to play but Dordt could get no closer in the 11 point conference loss.

The Defenders top scorer was Jordan Vogel who finished the night with 15 points while Trevor Wolterstorff added 15 and Kyle Lindbergh and Austin Katje added 10 each with Katje also pulling down a team high 7 boards.

Chase Vander Feen and Brenton Brown paced the Chargers with 19 points each and Jake Shipley tossed in 13 and Michael Collison added 10. Matt Geeland and Michael Collison both grabbed 7 rebounds.

Dordt shot 56% from the floor on 30-54 and the Chargers show 34 of 75 for 45%. Neither team had an impressive night from the charity stripe with Dordt going 10 for 15 for 67% while the Chargers were 7 of 12 for 58%. Dordt finished 3 of 6 from 3 point range while the Chargers threw up 24 threes, converting 9.

Although the Defenders owned a 37-34 advantage in rebounding, they allowed the Chargers to pull down 15 offensive boards. Those 15 boards plus 26 turnovers gave Briar Cliff an additional 41 possessions in the game. Briar Cliff turned the ball over 11 times and Dordt grabbed 9 offensive boards.

"We got behind early, partially due to way too many turnovers," remarked Defender Head Coach Ross Douma, "and those turnovers allowed Briar Cliff to score lots of uncontested points in the first 10 minutes. We just didn't have much rhythm offensively and we really need to clean up our perimeter game. When we settled down we did some things well and had good surges to finish the half and the game but there were some times in there that weren't very pretty. The Chargers are senior dominated and they really know how to close out games but we can't get in positions where we are trailing by 16 points with 2 minutes to go. I was very pleased with the way our second group really fought and battled in this contest."

The Defenders fall to 5-7 overall and 0-4 in the GPAC with the loss.

Other GPAC scores from tonight:
Northwestern at 82
Morningside 61

Sioux Falls at 54
Dakota Wesleyan 51

Hastings at 56
Concordia 76

Doane at 58
Mount Marty 79

Standings: Team/GPAC/Overall:
Briar Cliff/5-0/11-0
Concordia/4-1/8-2
Northwestern/4-1/9-4
Sioux Falls/3-2/6-4
Morningside/3-2/5-6
Doane/2-2/7-4
Mount Marty/2-2/2-6
Dakota Wesleyan/2-3/8-4
Nebraska Wesleyan/1-2/3-4
Hastings/1-4/4-9
Dordt/0-4/5-7
Midland/0-4/2-9

The Dordt Defenders will play host to the University of Sioux Falls on Saturday, December 11 at 4:00 pm.

Dordt's Current Record: 5-7 (0-4)
Opponent's Current Record: 11-0 (5-0)

Team 1st Half 2nd Half Final
Dordt College 38 35 73
Briar Cliff 46 38 84
Dordt Rebounding Leaders Total
Austin Katje 7
Bradley Van Staalduinen 5
Trevor Wolterstorff 5
Kyle Lindbergh 4
Team Total: 37
Opponent Rebounding Leaders Total
Collison, Michael 7
Geelan, Matt 7
Shipley, Jake 3
Larson, James 3
Team Total: 34
Dordt Scoring Leaders Total
Jordan Vogel 15
Trevor Wolterstorff 11
Austin Katje 10
Kyle Lindbergh 10
Team Total: 73
Opponent Scoring Leaders Total
Brown, Brenton 19
Vander Feen, Chase 19
Shipley, Jake 13
Collison, Michael 10
Team Total: 84
Dordt Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 30/54 56%
3-Point Field Goals: 3/6 50%
Free Throws: 10/15 67%
Opponent Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 34/75 45%
3-Point Field Goals: 9/24 38%
Free Throws: 7/12 58%

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