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Dordt College Men's Basketball vs. Nebraska Wesleyan

February 5, 2011

(Lincoln, Nebraska) A ten point comeback in the final 3:40 of regulation forced overtime but the Dordt College Defender men’s basketball team couldn’t complete the comeback for a win and fell 80-76 after the extra session against Nebraska Wesleyan on Saturday in Lincoln, Nebraska.

Dordt was fighting from behind most of the game, leading briefly in the first half at 10-9 and were down 33-32 at halftime with Trevor Wolterstorff scoring on a putback of a missed shot just in front of the buzzer.

An Austin Katje bucket to start the second half got the Defenders in front but the Prairie Wolves answered to re-take the lead. Dordt mustered a tie at 43-43 on a Dustin Katje three point shot with 14:50 left and Bradley Van Staalduinen forced another tie at 48-48 with 11:48 remaining. The hosts would dominate the next seven minutes, pulling away to a 61-51 advantage at the 3:46 mark on a Brett Potter transition basket.

The Defenders got back within striking distance on back to back three point shots by Austin Katje at the 3:27 and 3:07 mark. A Cliff Warner basket with under two minutes remaining got the difference to five and a pair of Wolterstorff free throws seconds later got the lead to three at 64-61.

A Kyle Lindbergh steal and basket made it a three point game again at 66-63 and Lindbergh forced another steal with :34 left that resulted in an Austin Katje lay up to cut the gap to one. Dordt was forced to foul and Jonah Bradley made one of two free throws for a two point difference. Wolterstorff then raced the other way and was fouled before his shot and proceeded to make both free throws to tie the game at 67-67. After a Wesleyan timeout the Prairie Wolves missed a shot and Dordt couldn’t convert with less than a second left in the game, forcing overtime.

Wolterstorff made a bucket to start the overtime for a 69-67 lead. Wesleyan worked the clock on the next possession and Nick Dinan made a three point shot just before the shot clock expired for a lead the Prairie Wolves would never surrender. A Bryce Arp basket made it 72-69 for Wesleyan and Katje answered again for a tie at 72-72. A three-point play by Wesleyan gave them a 75-72 lead but Dordt got back to within one on pair of Austin Katje free throws. A Chris Sievers hook shot made it 77-76 with 1:34 left in overtime. Wesleyan missed a shot on the other end but got a rebound and ran the clock down to 00:20 left before missing a shot. Austin Katje got the rebound and Dordt worked the ball to Wolterstorff who had the ball ripped away from him on the elbow of the lane under double team pressure. An intentional foul was called on the following play and Wesleyan made two free throws for the final of 80-76.

“I thought we played hard,” said Dordt College coach Ross Douma. “We just did not get defensive stops consistently. Wesleyan was patient and worked the ball to where they had mismatches. I thought we did the right thing at the end of overtime. We liked the matchup Trevor had. They just came over and took the ball away after there was a lot of contact.” Dordt was paced by Trevor Wolterstorff with 22 points and seven rebounds. Austin Katje had 21 points and Chris Sievers came off the bench for 11 points. Kyle Lindbergh had seven points and Bradley Van Staalduinen had seven rebounds and Cliff Warner handed out eight assists.

Wesleyan’s Jim Lance came off the bench to score 15 points, all of them in the second half. Nick Dinan scored 13 and Trevor Johnson, Jonah Bradley and Eric Jackson all had 12 points. Wesleyan held a 42-34 rebounding edge and got nine rebounds from Bradley and Lance.

Dordt is now 13-10 overall and 6-7 in the GPAC while Nebraska Wesleyan improves to 7-14 and 3-11. Dordt will travel to Sioux Falls on Wednesday while Wesleyan will face Midland.

Other GPAC scores from today:
Doane at 82
Briar Cliff 77

Hastings at 92
Northwestern 101

Sioux Falls at 66
Concordia 71

Mount Marty at 69
Midland 89

Standings(Team/GPAC/Overall):
Northwestern/13-2/20-5
Sioux Falls/10-4/18-7
Briar Cliff/10-5/21-6
Concordia/9-5/15-9
Dakota Wesleyan/9-6/19-7
Morningside/8-6/12-14
Dordt/6-7/13-10
Doane/6-8/12-11
Mount Marty/5-9/7-17
Hastings/5-10/9-16
Nebraska Wesleyan/3-11/7-14
Midland/2-13/6-21

Dordt will travel to Sioux Falls, South Dakota on Wednesday, February 9 to take on the USF Cougars at 8:00 pm in GPAC play.

Dordt's Current Record: 13-10 (6-7)
Opponent's Current Record: 7-14 (3-11)

Team 1st Half 2nd Half OT 1 Final
Dordt College 32 35 9 76
Nebraska Wesleyan 33 34 13 80
Dordt Rebounding Leaders Total
Bradley Van Staalduinen 7
Trevor Wolterstorff 7
Team Total: 34
Opponent Rebounding Leaders Total
Jim Lance 9
Jonah Bradely 9
Team Total: 42
Dordt Scoring Leaders Total
Trevor Wolterstorff 22
Austin Katje 21
Chris Sievers 11
Team Total: 76
Opponent Scoring Leaders Total
Jim Lance 15
Nick Dinan 13
Team Total: 80
Dordt Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 29/68 43%
3-Point Field Goals: 4/19 21%
Free Throws: 14/21 67%
Opponent Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 31/62 50%
3-Point Field Goals: 5/12 42%
Free Throws: 13/19 68%

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