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Dordt College Men's Basketball vs. Nebraska Wesleyan

December 10, 2011

(Sioux Center, Iowa) A 72-48 win over Nebraska Wesleyan pushes the 4th ranked Dordt College men's basketball teams' win streak to 13 as the Defenders are 13-0 overall and 5-0 in GPAC play.

A single free throw was the only point given up by Dordt College in the first 6 and a half minutes of play and the Defenders took an 8-1 lead on a Trevor Wolterstorff jumper with 13:30 to play. "Our guys really did a very good job defensively to start the game," said Dordt Head Coach Ross Douma, "even though we weren't able to score a lot to hold them to a single point was very good."

Leading 8-1, Dordt outscored the 'Wolves 11-4 to take a 14 point lead (19-5) with 10:31 to play and the Defenders enjoyed a double digit lead for the duration of the contest, taking a 14 point advantage (35-21) into halftime.

"We got off to a good start in the second half," commented Douma on his team's 9-2 run to start the half, giving the Defenders a commanding 21 point lead (44-23) on a Cliff Warner jumper with 17:13 to play. The 'Wolves were able to grind away at the Dordt lead, as they outscored the Defender men 13-4 over the next 5 minutes off action to cut the gap down to 12 (48-36) with 12:21 remaining. Dordt rallied with a 13-0 run, capped by a pair of Shawn Keizer 3 pointers, to push the Defender lead to 25 points (61-36)at 8:36 and Nebraska Wesleyan was never able to cut in to the 20 point cushion and the Defenders cruised to their thirteenth win of the year.

"There was great energy here again tonight," stated Douma, "our student body has been fantastic. We did what we had to do tonight against a team that likes to grind it out in the half court. Our turnovers numbers were relatively low, we utilized our post play effectively and did a nice job passing in the interior. We wanted to own the free throw line and we did."

Dordt shot 23 of 28 (82%)from the charity stripe while Nebraska Wesleyan made 11 of 19 for 57.9%. The Defenders dominated the boards pulling down 42 to the 'Wolves 28 and both teams finished with 14 turnovers.

Dordt's balanced offense was led by Trevor Wolterstorff who led all scorers with 17 points on 6 of 9 from the floor and a perfect 5 of 5 from the free throw line. Austin Katje and Chris Sievers each added 10 points with Kyle Lindbergh contributing 9 and Vogel and Keizer 7 and 6 respectively.

Jordan Vogel led all players with 10 rebounds and Austin Katje grabbed 9. Cliff Warner and Kyle Lindbergh each dished out 5 assists and Vogel posted a game high 4 blocked shots.

Trevor Johnson paced Nebraska Wesleyan with 15 points and the 'Wolves had no other players in double figures. Trent Scheitel had a team high 6 rebounds and Byron Johnson had 3 assists.

The Defender men shot 42.6% on 23 of 54 from the floor, including 3 of 9 (33%) from beyond the arc while Nebraska Wesleyan made 18 of 53 from the floor (34%) and were held to only 1 made 3 pointer on 14 tries (7%).

GPAC Scores from today:
Hastings at 73
(RV) Briar Cliff 66

(RV) Midland at 47
Mount Marty 58

Doane at 75
(19) Morningside 84

(8) Northwestern at 7:30pm
Buena Vista University CT

Concordia at 8:00pm
Dakota Wesleyan

Standings (Team/GPAC/Overall:
(4)Dordt 5-0/13-0
(19)Morningside 4-1/7-4
(8)Northwestern 4-2/9-2
Mount Marty 3-2/6-3
(RV)Midland 3-2/7-4
(RV)Briar Cliff 3-3/9-4
Doane 2-4/7-7
Hastings 2-4/7-7
Dakota Wesleyan 1-3/7-4
Nebraska Wesleyan 1-4/5-4
Concordia 1-4/4-5

The Defender men will return to action when they play Midland University at home on Monday, December 12 at 8:00 pm in a GPAC contest rescheduled from Saturday, December 3.

Dordt's Current Record: 13-0 (5-0)
Opponent's Current Record: 5-4 (1-4)

Team 1st Half 2nd Half Final
Dordt College 35 37 72
Nebraska Wesleyan 21 27 48
Dordt Rebounding Leaders Total
Jordan Vogel 10
Austin Katje 9
Cliff Warner 3
Chris Sievers 3
Team Total: 42
Opponent Rebounding Leaders Total
Scheitel, Trent 6
Dinan, Nick 5
Johnson, Trevor 5
Thompson, Byron 3
Team Total: 28
Dordt Scoring Leaders Total
Trevor Wolterstorff 17
Chris Sievers 10
Austin Katje 10
Austin Katje 9
Team Total: 72
Opponent Scoring Leaders Total
Johnson, Trevor 15
Liberty, Mitch 8
Schweitzer, im 6
Bradley, Jonah 5
Team Total: 48
Dordt Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 23/54 43%
3-Point Field Goals: 3/9 33%
Free Throws: 23/28 82%
Opponent Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 18/53 34%
3-Point Field Goals: 1/14 7%
Free Throws: 11/19 58%

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