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Dordt College Men's Basketball vs. Sioux Falls

February 9, 2011

(Sioux Falls, South Dakota) Less than a week after suffering an overtime loss on the road, the Dordt College Defenders were able to fight back to take an overtime decision on Wednesday night at the Stewart Center in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Dordt overcame a late deficit to force overtime and then held the Cougars off in overtime for an 81-79 decision with Austin Katje hitting the game winner with under five seconds left in the extra session.

Sioux Falls struck first with Dordt recovering to tie it at 8-8, 10-10 and 18-18. Sioux Falls scored the next five points for a 23-18 margin with 6:02 left in the half with Ronnell Grant making the shot for the hosts. Dordt answered with a Trevor Wolterstorff basket and a long three by Austin Katje to tie it and the Defenders ran the lead up to 33-25, scoring 15 of the last 17 points of the half for a 33-25 advantage.

The Cougars stifled the Defenders to start the second half, limiting the Defenders to no points for the first 5:46 of the second half. A Wolterstorff basket ended the drought, cutting a three point Sioux Falls lead to one. Neither team would lead by more than four the rest of regulation. Sioux Falls had a four point lead with 2:30 left in the game when Keith Cutler drained a three-point basket but Dordt fought back. A basket by Kyle Lindbergh with 2:07 remaining made it a two point game and Lindbergh got the game-tying basket with :45 left on a put back to knot the score at 61-61. Cutler missed a three on the other end with :17 left and, after a Defender timeout, Lindbergh had a shot to win it fall short at the end of regulation, forcing overtime.

Skyler Bloch scored the first points of overtime but Dordt answered with an Austin Katje three and after a basket by Sioux Falls for a 65-64 Cougar lead, Dordt got a bucket by Jordan Vogel. A missed Sioux Falls three-point attempt allowed Dordt to build on the lead and Wolterstorff obliged with a lay-up on a baseline move where he was fouled. The sophomore converted the free throw and Dordt was up 69-65. Dordt eventually got up by seven when Wolterstorff made a mid-range jumper for a 74-67 lead with 1:50 left. Dordt would need all of that cushion as Sioux Falls cut the gap down and eventually tied it on a De'Shawn Howard put back with :10 left in the extra session.

Dordt shunned a timeout and took the ball the length of the floor where Katje took one dribble and hit a bucket with :03 left and a David Maxwell three-pointer to win it from just inside halfcourt was off line for the final of 81-79.

Dordt was 32-62 from the floor in their third overtime game of the season. The Defenders were 7-13 from the three point line and 10-18 on free throws. Sioux Falls was 26-74 from the deck and 8-24 on three-point shots and 19-27 on free throws. The Cougars held a slight 42-40 rebounding edge and forced Dordt into 20 turnovers while giving the ball up 11 times.

Katje and Wolterstorff each had 21 points with Katje making 6-7 three-pointers and 7-11 field goals. Katje also led the team with nine rebounds. Kyle Lindbergh added 15 points and seven rebounds and Chris Sievers was good for seven. C;off Warmer dished out five assists and had one steal.

Sioux Falls was paced by Kelly Hubbard with 16 points while David Maxwell had 15 points and seven rebounds. Howard and Grant had 11 and 12 points each with eight rebounds a piece.

Dordt is 14-10 overall and 7-7 in the GPAC while Sioux Falls is 18-8 overall and 10-5 in the league. The two teams will play again on Monday, February 14 in Sioux Center. Dordt will host Hastings this Saturday and Sioux Falls is home to face Nebraska Wesleyan.

GPAC scores:
Briar Cliff University 59, Concordia University 57
Nebraska Wesleyan University 74, Midland University 73
Northwestern College 87, Morningside College 80 (Northwestern men clinch GPAC Regular Season Title)
Dordt College 81, University of Sioux Falls 79 (OT)
Doane College 83, Hastings College 74
Dakota Wesleyan University 64, Mount Marty College 55

GPAC Standings (through games of Wednesday, February 9)
School GPAC / Overall
Northwestern 14-2 / 21-5
Briar Cliff 11-5 / 22-6
Sioux Falls 10-5 / 18-8
Dakota Wesleyan 10-6 / 20-7
Concordia 9-6 / 15-10
Morningside 8-7 / 12-15
Dordt 7-7 / 14-10
Doane 7-8 / 13-11
Mount Marty 5-10 / 7-18
Hastings 5-11 / 9-17
Nebraska Wesleyan 4-11 / 8-14
Midland 2-14 / 6-22

Dordt's Current Record: 14-10 (7-7)
Opponent's Current Record: 18-8 (10-5)

Team 1st Half 2nd Half OT 1 Final
Dordt College 33 28 20 81
Sioux Falls 25 36 18 79
Dordt Rebounding Leaders Total
Austin Katje 9
Kyle Lindbergh 7
Trevor Wolterstorff 6
Team Total: 40
Opponent Rebounding Leaders Total
Ronnell Grant 8
De'Shawn Howard 8
David Maxwell 7
Team Total: 42
Dordt Scoring Leaders Total
Trevor Wolterstorff 21
Austin Katje 21
Kyle Lindbergh 15
Team Total: 81
Opponent Scoring Leaders Total
Kelly Hubbard 16
David Maxwell 15
Ronnell Grant 12
Team Total: 79
Dordt Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 32/62 52%
3-Point Field Goals: 7/13 54%
Free Throws: 10/18 56%
Opponent Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 26/74 35%
3-Point Field Goals: 8/24 33%
Free Throws: 19/27 70%

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