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Dordt College Men's Basketball vs. Sioux Falls

February 14, 2011

(Sioux Center, Iowa) A one point loss for Dordt College negated an eight point comeback by the Defenders on Monday night in a 71-70 decision at the De Witt Gym in men's Great Plains Athletic Conference. For the fourth game in a row the Defenders' game went down to the final moments. Dordt had an opportunity to win the game with :01.5 left but a shot by Jordan Vogel from the left baseline off an inbounds play was off the mark as it appeared Vogel's shooting arm was hit on the attempt, preserving the win for the Cougars.

Both teams had multiple four point leads in the first half with Dordt holding a 31-27 margin at the half after Trevor Wolterstorff knocked down a lay-up with 00:39 left. Sioux Falls came roaring back with a seven point run to start the second half and were up 42-36 after Ronnell Grant hit a three-point shot. Dordt picked away at the lead, getting the difference down to 47-46 with 12:01 left on a Chris Sievers basket. Sioux Falls extended the lead to 54-48 before Dordt charged back for their first lead after surrendering the advantage early in the half. The run started with a Bobby Sherwood three-point shot followed by a Sioux Falls turnover and technical foul on De'Shawn Howard. Austin Katje made the ensuing free throws and Wolterstorff got a lay up to erase the deficit and gave Dordt a 54-53 lead at the 10:01 mark.

Sioux Falls then scored ten of the next eleven points to take a 63-55 lead at the 7:01 mark. Dordt was still down 67-60 with 4:14 left but got a basket by Shawn Keizer to make it 67-62 and then a Vogel bucket with 2:45 left. Vogel trimmed the lead back to three again after a Howard tip-in and Wolterstorff made a jumper from the free throw line with 1:26 left after a turnover. Down 69-68 the Defenders forced a missed shot, got the rebound and Cliff Warner made a basket with 00:43 left for a Dordt lead at 70-69.

A Sioux Falls timeout later, Warner was called for a foul and Ronnell Grant made both free throws with 00:29 left.

Dordt got the ball up the floor and worked the ball to Austin Katje who took a shot with 00:10 left and missed. Trevor Wolterstorff got a shot off under pressure in the lane but missed and Kyle Lindbergh had his shot knocked out of bounds with 00:1.5 left. After two timeouts the Defenders inbounded the ball to Vogel whose shot was knocked off line as time expired from five feet out.

The Cougars picked up their 20th win of the season with the victory and are now 20-8 overall and 12-5 in conference while Dordt College moves to 15-11 overall and 8-8 in the GPAC.

"Our kids did a great job executing in the final 4 minutes and really showed some great character," said Dordt Head Coach Ross Douma. " We certainly felt like we should have been shooting free throws at the end of that game. I thought both teams really competed well. We did a nice job recognizing some mismatches and USF did a good job switching on screens.

Dordt converted 27-58 shots from the floor and 3-14 three-pointers while making 13-18 free throws. Sioux Falls was 29-57 from the floor and 5-13 on three-point shots. Sioux Falls also converted 8-9 free throws. Dordt held a 34-29 rebounding advantage with Sioux Falls committing 15 turnovers to 12 for the Defenders.

Trevor Wolterstorff had 16 points and five rebounds with Jordan Vogel dropping in 12 points and grabbing five rebounds. Austin Katje added 11 points and four rebounds. Cliff Warner had eight points and five assists.

Sioux Falls was led by Ronnell Grant with 19 points while Skyler Bloch and David Maxwell scored 14 and 13 each.

GPAC Standings:
Northwestern 14-2/21-5
Sioux Falls 12-5/20-8
Briar Cliff 11-5/22-6
Dakota Wesleyan 10-6/20-7
Concordia 10-6/16-10
Dordt 8-8/15-11
Morningside 8-8/12-16
Doane 7-9/13-12
Mount Marty 6-10/8-18
Hastings 5-12/9-18
Nebraska Wesleyan 4-12/8-15
Midland 2-14/6-22

The Defenders will travel to Yankton, South Dakota to take on the Mount Marty Lancers on Wednesday, February 16 at 8:00 pm.

Dordt's Current Record: 15-11 (8-8)
Opponent's Current Record: 20-8 (12-5)

Team 1st Half 2nd Half Final
Dordt College 31 39 70
Sioux Falls 27 44 71
Dordt Rebounding Leaders Total
Kyle Lindbergh 6
Jordan Vogel 5
Trevor Wolterstorff 5
Austin Katje 4
Team Total: 34
Opponent Rebounding Leaders Total
Howard, De'Shawn 8
Hubbard, Kelly 6
Bloch, Skyler 4
Grant, Ronnell 3
Team Total: 29
Dordt Scoring Leaders Total
Trevor Wolterstorff 16
Jordan Vogel 12
Austin Katje 11
Cliff Warner 8
Team Total: 70
Opponent Scoring Leaders Total
Grant, Ronnell 19
Bloch, Skyler 14
Maxwell, David 13
Hubbard, Kelly 9
Team Total: 71
Dordt Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 27/58 47%
3-Point Field Goals: 3/14 21%
Free Throws: 13/18 72%
Opponent Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 29/57 51%
3-Point Field Goals: 5/13 38%
Free Throws: 8/9 89%

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