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Dordt College Men's Basketball vs. Briar Cliff-GPAC Quarterfinals

February 24, 2011

(Sioux City, Iowa) The Defenders advance to a semi-final match-up against Northwestern by knocking off the Briar Cliff Chargers 69-63 in a GPAC quarterfinal match-up this evening. With the win Dordt College improves to 18-11 while the Chargers drop to 23-8 overall.

Dordt led most of the first half, giving up the first points of the game on a Matt Geelan basket, but took an 11-6 lead on a Cliff Warner three-point basket with 14:42 remaining in the half. The two teams went the next three minutes without scoring with Dordt getting a Kyle Linbergh free throw to make it a 12-6 contest. The Chargers got as close as two later on several occasions but each time the Defenders had an answer, getting up by as many as seven when Trevor Wolterstorff dumped in a lay up with 1:33 to go. A James Larson basket cut the Dordt lead to 29-24 and Dordt's buzzer-beater was off the mark to close the half.

The game was still a five point difference at 33-28 with 17:37 left in the game when Briar Cliff went on a 13-0 run to lead 41-33 with 14:55, forcing the Defenders to take a timeout after a Geelan basket. A Warner basket ended the run but the Chargers responded with a basket to make it 43-35. Dordt would answer with the next ten points, tying it with a Warner three at the 13:11 mark and taking a 46-43 lead on Austin Katje's second three-point shot of the night with 9:46 to go. Dordt threatened to walk away with the game, pushing the difference to seven on a Wolterstorff turn around with 3:57 but the Chargers had one more run in them.

Free throws by Geelan cut the lead to five and a steal and three-point basket by Brenton Brown made it a two-point game. Another Brown basket at the 2:18 mark had the Chargers back in the lead with 2:32 remaining, erasing the Dordt lead in the matter of 1:35. A Kyle Lindbergh jumper from straiht away gave the Defenders a lead they wouldn't relinquish with Austin Katje knocking down two free throws at the 1:13 mark and Warner made six free throws in a row to help seal the road win for Dordt 69-63.

"I thought the guys played really hard in a gym where it is very difficult for visitors to win," said Dordt College coach Ross Douma. "There were times where it was very ragged and we didn't always get the rebound but overall we played pretty good defense and answered their challenges. Now we get to work and get ready for Northwestern on Saturday." Dordt won despite giving up a 36-27 difference on the boards. Dordt shot 25-50 from the floor while limiting Briar Cliff to a 25-62 night. The Defenders converted 4-11 three-point shots and were 15-22 from the charity stripe while Briar Cliff was 5-19 and 8-11 from three point range and the free throw line. Both teams had trouble with turnovers as Dordt turned it over 19 times and Briar Cliff 20.

Warner led Dordt with 20 points, making 6-8 field goals and, 2-2 three-point shots and 6-6 free throws. Warner also had three assists and three steals. Chris Sievers had 14 points while converting 6-10 field goals while Jordan Vogel and Trevor Wolterstorff each had ten points and four rebounds. Wolterstorff got credit for three assists and Vogel had three blocked shots. Kyle Lindbergh had seven points and six rebounds while Austin Katje added eight points, five rebounds and two assists.

Briar Cliff was topped by Geelan and Brown with 14 points each and John Engler scored ten in a reserve role.

Dordt College will play the Northwestern Red Raiders in the a Great Plains Athletic Conference semifinal in Orange City on Saturday, February 24 at 4:00 pm.

GPAC Men's Basketball Quarterfinals - Thursday, February 24
#5 Dordt 69, #4 Briar Cliff 63
#1 Northwestern 93, #8 Mount Marty 70
#2 Sioux Falls 78, #7 Morningside 71
#3 Dakota Wesleyan 81, #11 Midland 69

GPAC Men's Basketball Semifinals - Saturday, February 26
#5 Dordt (18-11, 10-8) at #1 Northwestern (22-7, 14-4), 4 PM
#3 Dakota Wesleyan (23-7, 12-6) at #2 Sioux Falls (22-8, 13-5), 3 PM

Dordt's Current Record: 18-11 (10-8)
Opponent's Current Record: 23-8 (12-6)

Team 1st Half 2nd Half Final
Dordt College 29 40 69
Briar Cliff-GPAC Quarterfinals 24 39 63
Dordt Rebounding Leaders Total
Kyle Lindbergh 6
Austin Katje 5
Jordan Vogel 4
Trevor Wolterstorff 4
Team Total: 27
Opponent Rebounding Leaders Total
John Engler 7
Michael Collison 7
Matt Geelan 7
Jake Shipley 5
Team Total: 36
Dordt Scoring Leaders Total
Cliff Warner 20
Chris Sievers 14
Trevor Wolterstorff 10
Jordan Vogel 10
Team Total: 69
Opponent Scoring Leaders Total
Brenton Brown 14
Matt Geelan 14
John Engler 10
Team Total: 63
Dordt Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 25/50 50%
3-Point Field Goals: 4/11 36%
Free Throws: 15/22 68%
Opponent Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 25/62 40%
3-Point Field Goals: 5/19 26%
Free Throws: 8/11 73%

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