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Dordt College Men's Basketball vs. Trinity

November 12, 2011

(Chicago, Illinois) The Defenders kept their spotless record intact Saturday afternoon, but only by the skin of their teeth, as they won a 98-93 nail-biter in overtime against Trinity Christian.

Junior Trevor Wolterstorff impressed with 11 2nd half points on Friday against St-Xavier. That performance paled in comparison to the display he put up on Saturday. A 42-point explosion, Wolterstorff’s career-high, propelled Dordt from the opening tip. The captain scored 20 in the 1st half, 13 in the 2nd, and then 9 critical points in overtime to give Dordt the 5-point win.

The game was in overtime because of a furious finish to regulation by the pesky Trolls of Trinity. After trailing 71-55 with 11 minutes left in the game, Trinity used an aggressive attack to go on a 25-9 run to finish, getting to the free-throw line and hitting some well-timed 3-pointers. Josh Flikkema’s 2 free-throws with 6.7 seconds left tied the score at 80, giving Dordt one final chance in regulation. Wolterstorff got the call, but his buzzer-beater attempt glanced off the rim. The miss accounted for one of Wolterstorff’s rare misses on a near-perfect day from the field----17 of 21.

A big reason Dordt lost their handle on the game was foul trouble. The Defenders were called for 26 fouls, 17 of which were after halftime. Point guard Cliff Warner was tagged with his 4th foul early in the 2nd half, giving senior T.J. Malone ball-handling duties for the majority of the remaining game. Warner eventually fouled out at the 5:43 mark of the contest.

In addition to Wolterstorff, the Defenders found boosts from 3 others on offense. Guard Austin Katje notched 16 points off the bench, including 12 in the 1st half. Jordan Vogel (16 points, 12 rebounds) and Kyle Lindbergh (13 points, 11 rebounds) each contributed a double-double for Dordt. Lindbergh also wowed the crowd with an emphatic block in the 2nd half, trapping the ball against the backboard and starting an offensive break the other way. Lindbergh concluded the game with 4 blocks, and also made 3 steals to round out his solid effort.

The Trolls used a more balanced scoring arsenal, finishing with 5 players between 10 and 20 points. Junior B.J. Wortham led the way with 19 points, while senior guard Mike Taylor came in 2nd with 15. Post-player Matt Buren earned a double-double with 12 points, 12 rebounds, and the Trolls’ regular top scorer, Josh Flikkema, threw in 13 points, 9 boards. Senior Brendan Vize also had 11.

The 1st half looked promising for Dordt as they used a 22-5 run to close the frame. A high-scoring, 52-point stanza had the Black and Gold up by 11 at the break. The Defenders capitalized on 9 opening-half turnovers by Trinity and a 34-10 edge in points-in-the-paint to turn an early 6-point deficit into a locker-room advantage.

With the win, Dordt moves to 6-0, their best start since 1973-74 when they began with 7 consecutive wins. They begin GPAC play next Saturday with the home-opener against Doane at 4:00 PM.

Trinity, who now has losses of 2, 3, and 5 points, falls to 1-3 in non-conference play. Their next opponent will be IU-Northwest.

Dordt's Current Record: 6-0 (0-0)
Opponent's Current Record: 1-3 (0-0)

Team 1st Half 2nd Half OT 1 Final
Dordt College 52 28 18 98
Trinity 41 39 13 93
Dordt Rebounding Leaders Total
Jordan Vogel 12
Kyle Lindbergh 11
Austin Katje 6
Team Total: 49
Opponent Rebounding Leaders Total
Matt Buren 12
Josh Flikkema 9
Team Total: 47
Dordt Scoring Leaders Total
Trevor Wolterstorff 42
Austin Katje 16
Jordan Vogel 16
Kyle Lindbergh 13
Team Total: 98
Opponent Scoring Leaders Total
BJ Wortham 19
Mike Taylor 15
Josh Flikkema 13
Matt Buren 12
Team Total: 93
Dordt Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 40/86 47%
3-Point Field Goals: 3/16 19%
Free Throws: 15/27 56%
Opponent Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 29/69 42%
3-Point Field Goals: 10/26 38%
Free Throws: 25/35 71%

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