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Dordt College Men's Basketball vs. Northwestern-GPAC Semifinals

February 26, 2011

(Orange City, Iowa) Third time's a charm for the Defender men as they knock off Northwestern College 79-61 on the Red Raiders court to advance to the GPAC Championship game on Tuesday, March 1 at 7:00 pm. The Defenders will take on Sioux Falls who advanced to the finals by beating Dakota Wesleyan 74-68 in the other semi-final match-up. The winner of the conference tournament will receive the second GPAC bid into the NAIA D2 National Tournament with Northwestern having received the first bid by taking the GPAC regular season title Dordt college improves to 19-11 overall with the win while the Raiders drop to 22-8 on the year.

The Defenders used a late first half surge to turn a one point deficit (28-27) with 4:41 to play into an eleven point half-time lead (41-30) as Dordt outscored the Raiders 14-2 over the final four and half minutes of the first half.

Dordt opened up the second half scoring the first 4 points, taking a 15 point lead (45-30) on a Chris Sievers free throw with 19:14 to play in the second half. Northwestern responded with 5 straight points and a Dunkelberger layup cut the Dordt advantage to 10 at 45-35. The Raiders got it down to a single digit advantage (47-38) on a Seim Walker layup with 15:49 left. A Jordan Vogel layup followed by a Shawn Keizer 3-pointer pushed the Dordt advantage back to 14 (52-38) with 12:33 remaining. Northwestern cut it to 10 (52-42) with back to back Jon Kramer layups but Dordt scored the next 6 points on a Staalduinen layup, a Warner jumper and a pair of free throws from Austin Katje to go up 16 (58-42) with less than 10 minutes to play.

A jumper by Northwestern's Daniel Van Kalsbeek cut the Dordt lead down to 10 at 59-49 with 7:56 left in the half but Dordt's Austin Katje replied with a basket from behind the arc to give Dordt a 13 point lead and the advantage jumped to 15 with a Cliff Warner hoop on Dordt's next possession. Northwestern was unable to get closer than a dozen down the stretch and the Defenders took the GPAC final by 18 points.

The second half of the contest was a slow going affair as the two teams combined for 41 free-throws with Dordt College going 16-24 (66.7%) while the Raiders were 13-17 (76.5%).

Dordt College was led by Trevor Wolterstorff and Jordan Vogel who each contributed 16 points with Wolterstorff shooting 6-7 from the floor and 4-7 from the charity stripe while Vogel was 7-12 from the floor and 2-4 on free throws, Vogel also pulled down a game high 10 rebounds for the double-double. Dordt point guard Cliff Warner added 14 points, dished out 5 assists and had a block and a steal. Austin Katje added 10 points for the Defenders on 2 of 6 from behind the arc and a perfect 4 of 4 from the free throw line.

The Raiders were paced by Ryan Hogeveen and Daniel Van Kalsbeek who each knocked in 10 points while Ben Miller and Walker Seim each added 9. Daniel Van Kalsbeek had a team high 5 boards and Ryan Hoogeveen led the team with 4 assists.

Dordt College outrebounded the Raiders 43 to 38 and the teams combined for only 23 turnovers, with Dordt losing the ball 12 times while the Raiders coughed it up on 11 occasions.

Dordt finished the night shooting 50% from the floor on 28 of 56 tries, while going 5-14 (35.7%) from 3 point range and 18 for 31 from the free throw line for 58.1%.

The Raiders launched 61 shots, making 20 for 32.8% from the floor, including 2-14 from behind the arc for 14.3% and 19-27 (70.4%) from the free throw line.

"We are really happy to have another day of practice and another game to play," said Dordt Head Coach Ross Douma. "We have grown really close as a group, the team chemistry is great and it's nice to be able to keep it going for a while longer. We did a nice job of being patient on offense early in the game and got the ball to the right players. Our rebounding was certainly a lot better than when we player here last time and that was a big key for us. (Dordt outrebounded the Raiders 43-38.) When they made that run on us in the second half we hit some key shots. We've really grown a lot in the last month!"

The Defenders will travel to Sioux Falls to take on the Cougars in the GPAC Championship game on Tuesday, March 1 at 7:00 pm.

GPAC Men's Tournament Results:
GPAC Men's Basketball First Round - Tuesday, February 22
#1 Seed - Northwestern - Bye
#2 Seed - Sioux Falls - Bye
#3 Seed - Dakota Wesleyan - Bye
#4 Seed - Briar Cliff - Bye
#5 Seed - Dordt - Bye
#8 Mount Marty 77, #9 Doane 55
#7 Morningside 99, #10 Hastings 86
#11 Midland 81, #6 Concordia 66

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
Game #8 - #5 Dordt 79 at #1 Northwestern 61
Game #9 - #3 Dakota Wesleyan 68 at #2 Sioux Falls 74

GPAC Men's Basketball Championship Tuesday, March 1
#5 Dordt at #2 Sioux Falls at 7:00 pm.

GPAC Women's Basketball Tournament Results:
GPAC Women's Basketball First Round - Tuesday, February 22
#1 Seed - Northwestern - Bye
#2 Seed - Morningside - Bye
#3 Seed - Sioux Falls - Bye
#4 Seed - Briar Cliff - Bye
#5 Seed - Mount Marty (22-8, 12-6) - Bye
#8 Concordia 61, #9 Hastings 58
#7 Doane 73, #10 Midland 71
#6 Dordt 63, #11 Dakota Wesleyan 51

GPAC Women's Basketball Quarterfinals - Thursday, February 24
#4 Briar Cliff 84, #5 Mount Marty 64
#1 Northwestern 72, #8 Concordia 66
#2 Morningside 76, #7 Doane 47
#3 Sioux Falls 47, #6 Dordt 40

GPAC Women's Basketball Semifinals - Saturday, February 26
#4 Briar Cliff 81, #1 Northwestern 97
#3 Sioux Falls 61 #2 Morningside 77

GPAC Women's Basketball Championship Tuesday, March 1
Morningside at Northwestern at 7 pm.

Dordt's Current Record: 19-11 (10-8)
Opponent's Current Record: 22-8 (14-4)

Team 1st Half 2nd Half Final
Dordt College 41 38 79
Northwestern-GPAC Semifinals 30 31 61
Dordt Rebounding Leaders Total
Jordan Vogel 10
Austin Katje 8
Bradley Van Staalduinen 5
Kyle Lindbergh 5
Team Total: 43
Opponent Rebounding Leaders Total
Goslinga, Stuart 7
Van Kalsbeek, Daniel 6
Stock, Ryan 4
Miller, Ben 4
Team Total: 38
Dordt Scoring Leaders Total
Jordan Vogel 16
Trevor Wolterstorff 16
Cliff Warner 14
Austin Katje 10
Team Total: 79
Opponent Scoring Leaders Total
Hogeveen, Ryan 10
Van Kalsbeek, Daniel 10
Miller, Ben 9
Seim, Walker 9
Team Total: 61
Dordt Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 28/56 50%
3-Point Field Goals: 5/14 36%
Free Throws: 18/31 58%
Opponent Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 20/61 33%
3-Point Field Goals: 2/14 14%
Free Throws: 19/27 70%

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