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Dordt College Men's Basketball vs. Midland

January 15, 2011

(Sioux Center, Iowa) The Defender men extended their win streak to 6 and evened their conference record to 4-4 with an 83-66 win over Midland University.

The two teams traded three point baskets by Austin Katje and Alex Knobbe to start the game before the Defenders ran off 12 straight points for a 15-3 lead with Trevor Wolterstorff capping the run with a lay-in. Midland was able to cut the lead down to single digits and trailed 26-20 with 6:07 left in the half before Dordt went on another run. This time the Defenders closed with a 22-9 advantage into the half with Kyle Lindbergh hitting a three-point shot in front of the halftime buzzer for a 48-29 Dordt lead.

Dordt gave up eight unanswered points to start the second half with four different Midland players converting field goals but the Warriors got no closer as the Defenders pushed the lead back to 17 on a Jordan Vogel lay up and had their biggest lead on a jump shot by Austin Vande Vegte at the 12:08 mark to make it 65-45. The lead never got any bigger but the Warriors never got closer than 14 in falling by the eventual 17 point difference.

"We got off to a really great start with lots of energy and really closed the half well," stated Dordt Head Coach Ross Douma. "Midland plays hard and they don't quit and they need to get credit for that. I felt like we really did a nice job of moving the ball after getting defensive stops. Austin (Katje) had a nice game shooting and moved well off the ball and the guys did a nice job of finding the hot hand and it is really good to see Austin's hard work paying off. Sievers also had a nice game and it is good to see him at full strength again."

Dordt was 30-64 from the floor for 46.9 percent and 8-22 on three-point shots for 36.4 percent. Midland was good for 26-57 shooting and 3-11 on three-pointers. Dordt made good on 78.9 percent free throws while converting 15-19 and Midland was 11-23. Dordt also held a 40-34 rebounding advantage and forced 21 turnovers while giving the ball up 21 times.

Austin Katje led four players in double figures with 18 points and converted 4-7 three- point shots. Chris Sievers had 16 points and was 4-4 on field goals and 8-11 on free throws. Cliff Warner converted for 13 points and had three assists and three steals while Kyle Lindbergh had 12 points and five rebounds. Vogel and Wolterstorff shared game honors with eight rebounds each.

GPAC Scores:
Hastings at 61
Briar Cliff 69

Midland at 66
Dordt 83

Sioux Falls at 88
Morningside 84

Nebraska Wesleyan at 50
Mount Marty 53

Doane at 67
Northwestern 95

Concordia plays Dakota Wesleyan Sunday afternoon.

Standings

School/ GPAC/ Overall
Northwestern 8-2/ 15-5
Briar Cliff 7-2/ 18-3
Sioux Falls 7-2/ 14-5
Concordia 5-3/ 11-5
Doane 5-4/ 11-7
Dordt 4-4/ 11-7
Dakota Wesleyan 4-5/ 14-6
Morningside 4-5/ 8-13
Mount Marty 4-5/ 6-12
Hastings 3-6/ 7-12
Nebraska Wesleyan 1-7/ 5-10
Midland 1-8/ 5-16
Dordt College will next play host to the Mount Marty Lancers on Wednesday, January 19, 2011 at 8:00 pm in Sioux Center.

Dordt's Current Record: 11-7 (4-4)
Opponent's Current Record: 5-16 (1-8)

Team 1st Half 2nd Half Final
Dordt College 48 35 83
Midland 29 37 66
Dordt Rebounding Leaders Total
Jordan Vogel 8
Trevor Wolterstorff 8
Kyle Lindbergh 5
Austin Vande Vegte 4
Team Total: 40
Opponent Rebounding Leaders Total
Knobbe, Alex 7
McCleary, Alex 6
Gordon, A.J. 3
Rosenboom, Zach 3
Team Total: 34
Dordt Scoring Leaders Total
Austin Katje 18
Chris Sievers 16
Cliff Warner 13
Kyle Lindbergh 12
Team Total: 83
Opponent Scoring Leaders Total
Knobbe, Alex 20
Rosenboom, Zach 13
Borst, Luke 8
Blum, Gavin 6
Team Total: 66
Dordt Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 30/64 47%
3-Point Field Goals: 8/22 36%
Free Throws: 15/19 79%
Opponent Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 26/57 46%
3-Point Field Goals: 3/11 27%
Free Throws: 11/23 48%

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