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Dordt College Men's Basketball vs. Mount Marty

January 19, 2011

(Sioux Center, Iowa) The Defender men defeated a pesky Mount Marty basketball team 68-63 to improve their win streak to seven. With the win Dordt improves to 12-7 overall and 5-4 in the GPAC while the Lancers drop to 6-13 on the season and 4-6 in conference.

Mount Marty knocked in the first five points of the night to take a 5-0 lead on the Defenders who came back to outscore the Lancers 12-4 over a six minute period to give Dordt a three point lead (12-9) with 13:12 left in the half. The Lancers scored the next three to tie the game at 12-12, which would turn out to be the only tie of the game as Dordt went on a 19-5 run to take a 14 point lead (31-17) with 4:36 remaining in the half. The Defenders pushed the gap to as many as 16, leading 35-19 with just over three minutes to go in the half but Mount Marty responded with a little run of their own, outscoring Dordt 9-1 over the final three minutes to get within 8 (36-28) at the half.

Dordt opened up the second half scoring five straight to go up 13 (41-28)on a Trevor Wolterstorff layup with 18:45 to go. A three point basket by Mount Marty's Spencer Lackley got the Lancers within 6 (43-37) with just over 16 minutes to go. Dordt College enjoyed their second biggest lead of the night at 14 (57-43) on a pair of Cliff Warner free throws with eight and a half minutes to go. Back to back 3 by the Lancers' Cody Ball and Joe Hieb cut the Dordt lead back down to 8 (59-51) with 7:12 on the game clock.

Mount Marty got to within five on three occasions over the next five minutes and were down five (65-60) with 2:27 left. A Trevor Wolterstorff free throw with 31 seconds left made it a six point game but a 3 pointer by Mount Marty's Weston Kusser made it a one possession game at 66-63 with 19 seconds to play. Wolterstorff was fouled on the next possession and with 14 seconds left banged in both free throws to make it a two possession game. Cody Ball missed a three pointer with seven seconds left to give the Defenders their 5th straight win in the GPAC.

"They (Mount Marty) played very hard and they certainly made us earn this one," stated Dordt Head Coach Ross Douma. "We were very good defensively for the first 17 minutes of the first half and then had a bit of a let down over the last 3 minutes to let them back in the game. We have done a good job the second half of the season taking care of the basketball but weren't tough physically or mentally with the ball at times in the second half of the game. We did a nice job of stick with it and working hard as battled through a little adversity in that game. Our depth was really good and our bench is as good as any in the conference. Bradley (VanStaalduinen) had hustles plays all over the floor and went 4 for 4 from the field. Our scoring tonight was very balanced and Trevor (Wolterstorff) had a nice game and we were able to create scoring drives for him and others with some good ball movement."

Wolterstorff led all scorers with 23 points on 9-15 from the floor and pulled down six boards and had a steal. VanStaalduinen finished with nine points on 4-4 from the floor and 1-2 from the free throw line and pulled down a team high eight rebounds. Kyle Lindbergh had four steals and eight points on the night while Cliff Warner dished our three assists and had three points.

Leading the way for the Lancers was Weston Kusser who finished with 20 points on 6-8 from the floor including 4-6 from behind the arc and a perfect 4-4 from the charity stripe. Spencer Yackley added 16 for Mount Marty and Jared Wall had eight rebounds. Jared Wall had a game high five steals and Weston Kusser a game high four assists.

Dordt shot 45.6% from the floor on 26-57 while the Lancers shot 23-56 for 41.1%. Dordt College held a 43-32 margin in rebounding and both teams had numerous turnovers with Dordt committing 22 to Mount Marty's 21.

Other GPAC scores from tonight:
Briar Cliff at 59
Northwestern 68

Midland at 56
Concordia 79

Dakota Wesleyan at 52
Morningside 49

Hastings at 77 Nebraska Wesleyan 68

GPAC Standings: Team/GPAC/Overall:
Northwestern/9-2/16-5
Sioux Falls/7-2/15-5
Briar Cliff/7-3/18-4
Concordia/6-4/12-6
Dordt/5-4/12-7
Doane/5-4/11-7
Dakota Wesleyan/6-5/16-6
Hastings/4-6/8-12
Morningside/4-6/8-14
Mount Marty/4-6/6-13
Nebraska Wesleyan/1-8/5-11
Midland/1-9/5-17

Dordt College will travel to Hastings, Nebraska on Saturday, January 22 to take on the Broncos at 4 pm in GPAC play.

Dordt's Current Record: 12-7 (5-4)
Opponent's Current Record: 6-13 (4-6)

Team 1st Half 2nd Half Final
Dordt College 36 32 68
Mount Marty 28 35 63
Dordt Rebounding Leaders Total
Bradley Van Staalduinen 8
Trevor Wolterstorff 6
Shawn Keizer 5
Cliff Warner 4
Team Total: 43
Opponent Rebounding Leaders Total
Wall, Jared 8
Yackley, Spencer 5
Fischer, Chevy 4
Klekas, Stephen 3
Team Total: 32
Dordt Scoring Leaders Total
Trevor Wolterstorff 23
Bradley Van Staalduinen 9
Kyle Lindbergh 8
Chris Sievers 7
Team Total: 68
Opponent Scoring Leaders Total
Kusser, Weston 20
Yackley, Spencer 16
Hieb, Joe 7
Klekas, Stephen 7
Team Total: 63
Dordt Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 26/57 46%
3-Point Field Goals: 3/14 21%
Free Throws: 13/22 59%
Opponent Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 23/56 41%
3-Point Field Goals: 7/18 39%
Free Throws: 10/14 71%

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