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Dordt College Men's Basketball vs. Morningside

December 14, 2011

(Sioux Center, Iowa) The Dordt College Defender led start to finish in a match-up of rated teams Wednesday night, December 14, at a near-capacity crowd at the De Witt Gym. The Defenders were able to hold the Morningside Mustangs at arm’s length much of the game in taking an 85-74 win to improve their school best start to 15-0 overall and 7-0 in the 20-game GPAC schedule.

Dordt scored on back to back buckets by Trevor Wolterstorff and Jordan Vogel and quickly built the lead to 11-4 on a three-point basket at the 16:08 mark by Cliff Warner. Dordt took its first double-digit lead of the game on another Warner three-pointer with 9:19 left in the half. Morningside did cut the lead to five on two occasions, the last time at 33-28 with 5:33 left in the half on a Danny Rudeen basket.

The Defenders had an answer as they went on a 6-0 run capped by back to back buckets by Chris Sievers and held a 41-30 lead at halftime.

“We hit some jumpers and then were able to get it to our posts and they went to work,” said Dordt College coach Ross Douma.

The Defenders pushed the lead up to 14 early in the second half but could never put the Mustangs away, leading 80-66 with 3:10 left in the game after a Jordan Vogel steal and lay-up. The visitors put together one last charge with Rudeen making a pair of free throws and back to back jumpers to get it down to 80-74 but the Defenders got a free throw from Trevor Wolterstorff with 00:46 left to make it a seven point margin and then four straight free throws by Warner and Austin Katje made it a final of 85-74.

The Defenders made 27-55 field goals for 49.1 percent and converted 28-34 free throws. Morningside was 28-65 from the floor and 14-18 on free throws but managed just a 4-19 night from the three-point line. Dordt held a rebounding advantage of 41-29.

Cliff Warner had a game high 22 points on 5-11 field goal shooting and 9-11 free throws to go with 3-5 three-point baskets. Warner also had a game high five assists. Chris Sievers was good for 17 points and was 7-10 from the field and Jordan Vogel converted for 16 points while making 6-9 field goals and 4-5 free throws with eight rebounds, two blocks and two steals. Kyle Lindbergh led all players with 16 rebounds and had ten points with three assists, two blocks and three steals. Trevor Wolterstorff added nine and Austin Katje six.

“We talked this week about everyone being ready for when their chance comes,” said Douma. “We don’t always know who that big night is going to come from—we just have to be ready.” Morningside was paced by Rudeen with 21 points and Kevin Zoz had 16. Storm Throne came off the bench to led the team with seven rebounds.

The Defenders are now 15-0 overall and 7-0 in the league while Morningside is 6-5 and 4-2.

“This was a great way to finish off our home schedule before Christmas. The fan support has been outstanding. The guys talk about it in the locker room after the game,” said Douma. “They truly appreciate the support they are being given.”

GPAC scores:
Mount Marty 70
Dakota Wesleyan 68

GPAC Standings:
2 Dordt 7-0/15-0
14 Northwestern 4-2/9-3
22 Morningside 4-2/7-5
Mount Marty 3-2/6-3
RV Briar Cliff 3-3/9-4
RV Midland 3-3/8-5
Doane 2-4/7-7
Hastings 2-4/7-7
Concordia 2-4/5-5
Dakota Wesleyan 1-4/7-5
Nebraska Wesleyan 1-4/5-4

Dordt College will travel to Sioux City to take on the Briar Cliff Chargers on Saturday, December 17 at 4:00 pm.

Dordt's Current Record: 15-0 (7-0)
Opponent's Current Record: 7-5 (4-2)

Team 1st Half 2nd Half Final
Dordt College 41 44 85
Morningside 30 44 74
Dordt Rebounding Leaders Total
Kyle Lindbergh 16
Jordan Vogel 8
Cliff Warner 5
Chris Sievers 4
Team Total: 41
Opponent Rebounding Leaders Total
Throne, Storm 7
Miller, Trent 5
Rudeen, Danny 4
Hamilton, Garth 3
Team Total: 29
Dordt Scoring Leaders Total
Cliff Warner 22
Chris Sievers 17
Jordan Vogel 16
Kyle Lindbergh 10
Team Total: 85
Opponent Scoring Leaders Total
Rudeen, Danny 21
Zoz, Kevin 16
Hamilton, Garth 10
Johnson, Tyler 9
Team Total: 74
Dordt Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 27/55 49%
3-Point Field Goals: 3/9 33%
Free Throws: 28/34 82%
Opponent Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 28/65 43%
3-Point Field Goals: 4/19 21%
Free Throws: 14/18 78%

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