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Dordt College Men's Basketball vs. Mount Marty

February 16, 2011

(Yankton, South Dakota) A strong second half turned a 3 point deficit into a 14 win as the Defenders knocked off the Mount Marty Lancers 82-68 in Great Plains Athletic Conference action this evening. With the win Dordt improves to 9-8 in the GPAC and 16-11 overall while the Lancers drop to 6-11 in conference and 8-18 on the year.

With the score tied at 5-5 the Lancers pushed out to a 7 point lead (16-9)with 13:19 to play, outscoring the Defenders 11 to 4 over a 4 and half minute period. The Defenders cut it to 2 (16-14) on a Dustin Katje jumper with 11:59 to go but Mount Marty pushed the lead back to 7 (21-14) with 11:07 to play. A Shawn Keizer 3 pointer at 9:24 cut the lead back to 3 points at 21-18 but the Lancers scored the next 7 points to take a double digit lead at 28-18 with 5:10 remaining. The Lancers maintained at least a 6 point lead over the final 5 minutes until a 3 point bucket at the buzzer from Austin Katje cut the Mount Marty lead down to 3 at 36-33 going in to half-time.

The Defenders scored the first 5 points of the second half to take the lead at 38-36 on a Cliff Warner basket from behind the arc with 18:49 to play. The Lancers scored on their next possession to tie the game at 38-38 and the teams were knotted 8 more times over the next 9 minutes and a pair of Cody Ball free throws for Mount Marty at the 9:20 mark tied the game at 54-54.

The Defenders moved out to a 5 point lead (63-58) on a Kyle Lindbergh jumper at 5:54 and a pair of Joe Hieb free throws for the Lancers cut the advantage to 3 at 5:44. A seven point spurt, capped by a pair of Cliff Warner free throws, by the Defenders gave Dordt their first 10 point lead of the contest at 70-60 with 3:29 to play. Two makes from the charity stripe for the Lancers' Weston Kusser cut the Dordt lead back down to single digits but a jumper by Warner gave Dordt their double digit lead back and they would not surrender that gap for the duration. From the 5:44 mark until there were only 54 ticks left on the game clock, Dordt outscored the Lancers 17-2 to take an 18 point lead at 80-62 before posting the 82-68 win.

Dordt's Cliff Warner paced the Defenders with 18 points, 4 steals and 2 assists. Trevor Wolterstorff and Austin Katje each contributed 15 points with Wolterstorff also pulling down 6 boards while Katje grabbed 4. Kyle Lindbergh added 14 points and ripped down a game high 9 boards and Jordan Vogel finished the night with 11 points.

Stephen Klekas was the top scorer for the Lancers with 13 points while Trevor Lapour added 12 and Jared Wall had 10. Jared Wall led the Lancers with 7 rebounds and Weston Kusser and Spencer Yackley each pulled down 6 caroms with Yackley also snatching 3 steals.

Dordt finished the night shooting 51.7% from the floor but struggled from 3 point range (5-18 for 27.8%) and the free throw line (17-33 for 51.5%). "We played extremely hard," said Dordt Head Coach Ross Douma, "but you could tell from our percentages from behind the arc and from the free throw line that our legs were tired."

This was the Defenders third game in 5 days.

"I was really proud of the guys, we felt fortunate to only be down 3 at half time and we showed a lot of grit and character again tonight. Besides the fatigue we also had to deal with a disappointing loss on Monday and I felt like we responded well. Trailing by 10 we had to avoid pushing the panic button and just be patient and our kids really understood the importance of this game. Our bench played well again tonight, we tightened up our ball possession in the second half (only 6 second half turnovers)and it was a good win for our team."

The Lancers shot 43.9% from the floor and 25% from three point range while going 14-20 for 70% from the charity stripe. The Defenders outrebounded the Lancers 40 to 34 and Mount Marty gave up the ball 23 times on the night with Dordt committing 19 turnovers.

Other GPAC scores from tonight:
Briar Cliff at (OT) 72
Morningside 78

Nebraska Wesleyan at 70
Concordia 55

Northwestern at 87
Dakota Wesleyan 90

GPAC Standings:
Northwestern 14-3/21-6
Sioux Falls 12-5/20-8
Briar Cliff 11-6/22-7
Dakota Wesleyan 11-6/21-7
Concordia 10-7/16-11
Dordt 9-8/16-11
Morningside 9-8/13-16
Doane 7-10/13-13
Mount Marty 6-11/8-19
Nebraska Wesleyan 5-12/9-15
Hastings 5-12/9-18
Midland 3-14/7-22

The Defenders will play their final regular season game on Saturday, February 19 when they host Doane College at 4:00 pm in Sioux Center, Iowa.

Dordt's Current Record: 16-11 (9-8)
Opponent's Current Record: 6-11 (8-19)

Team 1st Half 2nd Half Final
Dordt College 33 49 82
Mount Marty 36 32 68
Dordt Rebounding Leaders Total
Kyle Lindbergh 9
Jordan Vogel 9
Trevor Wolterstorff 6
Austin Katje 4
Team Total: 40
Opponent Rebounding Leaders Total
Wall, Jared 7
Kusser, Weston 6
Yackley, Spencer 6
Lapour, Trevor 5
Team Total: 34
Dordt Scoring Leaders Total
Cliff Warner 18
Austin Katje 15
Trevor Wolterstorff 15
Kyle Lindbergh 14
Team Total: 82
Opponent Scoring Leaders Total
Klekas, Stephen 13
Lopour, Trevor 12
Wall, Jared 10
Hieb, Joe 9
Team Total: 68
Dordt Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 30/58 52%
3-Point Field Goals: 5/18 28%
Free Throws: 17/33 52%
Opponent Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 25/57 44%
3-Point Field Goals: 4/16 25%
Free Throws: 14/20 70%

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