Dordt College Men's Basketball vs. Dakota State

January 11, 2012

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(Sioux Center, Iowa) The Dordt College Defender men’s basketball team withstood a comeback attempt by Dakota State in non-conference play on Wednesday, January 11 in Sioux Center, Iowa 73-71. The Trojans had a chance to win or tie the game with a last second shot but Donald Stewart’s jumper as time expired rattled out preserving the win for the Defenders.

Dordt never trailed and the game featured two ties. The Defenders pulled away from a 7-7 tie with 14:33 left in the half with a three-point basket by Cliff Warner and six straight points by Chris Sievers. The Defenders stretched the lead all the way to 25-12 with 9:14 left on a Jordan Vogel two point basket.

Jesse Bean and Luke Lamb hit back to back three’s for the visitors and a Keith Lee basket made the score 25-20. Dordt had an answer with Warner knocking down a three and Chris Sievers added a free throw. A Jordan Vogel shot got the Defenders up 37-24 with 3:26 left in the half and Chris Sievers knocked down two free throws for a 39-24 difference with 2:42. The Trojans then closed the half outscoring Dordt 11-1 over the final 2:42 and Dordt was up 40-35 at the half.

Dakota State tied the game almost immediately, getting a three-pointer from Bean to even the score at 50-50 with 14:33 left. Warner had a three-point basket in response and the Defenders made it a two possessin game with Warner and Sievers each hitting one free throw on ensuing possessions. Dordt appeared poised to pull away when Jordan Vogel made two free throws at the 5:45 mark for a 68-56 advantage.

It was still a ten point game at 70-60 with 4:13 left and 71-62 at the 3:24 mark after Kyle Lindbergh made one of two free throws. Dakota State proceeded to make it interesting, scoring on a Keith Biggers basket and Bean got a lay up at the 2:35 mark for a 71-66 margin. Spencer Adams kept the run going with a short shot to make it 71-68 at the 1:27 mark.

On the next possession Warner was able to find Lindbergh on the weak side for a basket but the five point lead was short lived with Bean banking a three-point shot in from straight on. Dordt couldn’t convert on its next possession and Dakota State had possession with :06 left.

After two timeouts the Trojans inbounded with the length of the floor in front of them and Donald Stewart charged down the floor and put up a contested three point basket from the left wing at the buzzer that rattled in and out for the final of 73-71.

Dordt was 25-51 from the floor for 49 percent while Dakota State was 28-59 for 47.5 percent. Dordt was 4-9 on three point baskets to 7-15 shooting for Dakota State. Dordt made 19-31 free throws while Dakota State was 8-13. Dordt did hold a decided rebounding advantage 38-26.

Jordan Vogel had 17 points and seven rebounds with two blocked shots and Cliff Warner added 16 with two assists. Trevor Wolterstorff had 15 points and nine rebounds with two assists and Chris Sievers had 14 with six rebounds. Kyle Lindbergh added seven points with two assists.

Jesse Bean had 28 points on 11-16 shooting and dished three assists. Spencer Adams added ten with six rebounds and Donald Stewart had eight with five rebounds.

Dordt is 18-1 overall and is 9-1 in GPAC play which resumes for the Defenders on Saturday in Fremont, Nebraska against Midland. Dakota State, a team in the receiving votes category of the coaches’ poll, is 10-7. Dordt was #2 nationally in the poll released on Monday.

GPAC Scores
Briar Cliff def. Midland 75-74
Morningside def. Mount Marty 81-59
Nebraska Wesleyan def. Doane 78-60
Northwestern def. Dakota Wesleyan 83-85
Hastings def. Concordia 69-68

GPAC Standings
Dordt 9-1
Northwestern 7-3
Briar Cliff 7-3
Morningside 6-4
Midland 5-5
Concordia 4-6
Mount Marty 4-6
Hastings 4-6
Doane 3-7
Dakota Wesleyan 3-7
Nebraska Wesleyan 3-7

Dordt's Current Record: 18-1 (9-1)
Opponent's Current Record: 18-1 (9-1)

Team 1st Half 2nd Half Final
Dordt College 40 33 73
Dakota State 35 36 71
Dordt Rebounding Leaders Total
Trevor Wolterstorff 9
Jordan Vogel 7
Chris Sievers 6
Team Total: 38
Opponent Rebounding Leaders Total
Spencer Adams 6
Donald Stewart 5
Jordan Snyder 4
Team Total: 26
Dordt Scoring Leaders Total
Jordan Vogel 17
Cliff Warner 16
Trevor Wolterstorff 15
Chris Sievers 14
Team Total: 73
Opponent Scoring Leaders Total
Jesse Bean 28
Spencer Adams 10
Team Total: 71
Dordt Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 25/51 49%
3-Point Field Goals: 4/9 44%
Free Throws: 19/31 61%
Opponent Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 28/59 47%
3-Point Field Goals: 7/15 47%
Free Throws: 8/13 62%

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