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Dordt College Men's Basketball vs. Morningside

January 25, 2012

(Sioux City, Iowa) The Defenders picked up their 20th win of the season behind a 31 point outburst by Cliff Warner as Dordt knocked off Morningside 83-74. Dordt improves to 20-3 on the season with the win and are now 11-3 in the conference while Morningside drops to 12-11 overall and 7-7 in the GPAC.

Dordt College held a 1 to 4 point advantage for the first 6 minutes of play until a Jordan Vogel jumper with 13 minutes to play gave the Defenders a 5 point lead at 15-10. A Brian Borchers layup followed by a Storm Throne 3 pointer for the Mustangs tied the game at 15-15 and the teams were also knotted at 17-17 and 20-20. A made three by Dordt’s Cliff Warner followed by a Tyler Wolterstorff jumper gave the Defenders a 5 point cushion at 25-20 and they were able to stretch the lead to 6 (28-22) with 7:49 to play on another Warner three pointer. Back to back 3’s by Morningside’s Kevin Zoz tied the game at 28-28 with 6:50 to play and the teams were tied again at 30-30. The Mustangs took a three point lead on an old-fashioned three pointer by Trent Miller with 4:39 to play but 5 straight points by Austin Katje gave the Defenders a 35-33 lead with 3:40 left. A layup by Rudeen tied the game at 35-35 with two minutes to go and a pair of layups by Trevor Wolterstorff gave the Defenders a 39-35 heading to the locker room at half.

Dordt’s Cliff Warner finished the first half with 13 points while Austin Katje had 10 in the opening 20 minutes of play. The Defenders shot 53% (16-30) in the first half, including 5 of 9 from beyond the arc.

The Defenders continued to lead by four points, 45-41, with 17:08 to play in the second half, when 4 straight points by Bryan Borchers tied it at 45-45. Dordt responded with a Chris Sievers free throw and another three pointer by Cliff Warner to take a 4 point lead at 49-45 with 15:08 to play. The Defenders continued to hold 4 point advantages at 51-47 and 53-49 until a 3 pointer and a layup by Tanner gave the Mustangs a one point lead at 54-53.

Dordt got the lead right back on a layup by Dordt’s Jordan Vogel followed by a pair of Siever’s free throws with 11:34 to play to go up 57-54. Garth Hamilton hit a jumper to cut the lead down to one but Cliff Warner hit a 3 pointer off the dribble, his 5th three of the night, to push the gap back to 4 (60-56) in favor of the Defenders and a Lindbergh free throw made it a 5 point lead (61-56).

Leading by three (61-58), a Chris Sievers dunk with 8:54 to play, on an assist from Trevor Wolterstorff, once again made it a 5 point Defender lead (63-58). Neither team was able to put a point on the board over the next 2 and half minutes until a Garth Hamilton layup with 6:26 to play made it a 3 point Dordt lead and a Trent Miller jumper at 5:50 had the Mustangs within 1 (63-62). A pair of made free throws by Lindbergh followed by a Warner jumper gave Dordt another 5 point cushion (67-62). With 4:48 to play Dordt’s Kyle Lindbergh went up and got a huge block on Trent Miller and with 4:15 to play Lindbergh’s layup gave the Defenders their largest lead to that point at 7 points (69-62) and a pair of Warner free throws extended the Dordt lead to nine (71-62) with 3:37 to play.

A layup by Morningside’s Rudeen got the Mustangs within 7 but Dordt answered with a Katje 3 pointer at 2:59 to give the Defenders their first double digit lead of the night at 74-64. Morningside’s Joel Haveman cut the lead down to 7 (74-67) with a three at 1:44 and a Morningside steal led to a Zoz 3 pointer to make it a four point game (74-70) with 1:18 to play.

With 53 seconds left on the clock Dordt’s Cliff Warner drove to the basket, got the layup to go after getting fouled and converted the free throw to give the Defenders a 7 point cushion at 77-70. Danny Rudeen made a jumper with 45 seconds to play but a pair of Warner free throws allowed Dordt to maintain the 7 point lead with 35 seconds to play. Two more free throws from Vogel made it a 9 point Defender edge (81-72) and the Defenders went on to secure the 83-74 conference tilt. "It was definitely our best defensive effort of the year," remarked Defender Head Coach Ross Douma. "Our intensity and concentration was great tonight and it was certainly our best performance since Christmas. It was a good bounce back win for us and we made countless hustle plays tonight."

Cliff Warner had 31 points on 9-13 from the floor, with 5 of 8 from 3 point range and 8 of 9 from the free throw line to lead all scorers. "He is just good and puts people in great positions to be successful," said Douma, "and he dropped some big shots at really key times. Lindbergh had a key role in the outcome as well with 10 rebounds, 3 blocks and 3 steals and a couple of those blocks were huge near the end of the game."

Austin Katje finished the night with 16 points on 6 of 13 from the floor to go along with 6 rebounds and Jordan Vogel had 13 points and 4 assists. Morningside had 4 players in double digits, with Kevin Zoz lead the Mustangs with 15 points while Garth Hamilton had 14, Bryan Borchers 13 and Danny Rudeen 10. Borchers and Joel Haveman led the Mustangs with 8 rebounds each and Rudeen and Trent Miller each had 5 assists.

Dordt finished the night shooting 28 of 57 (49%) from the floor, with 8 of 17 (47%) from three point land and 19 of 30 (63%) from the charity stripe.

Morningside shot 29 of 69 (42%)from the field, including 6 of 19 (32.6%) from beyond the arc and 10 of 12 (83.3%) from the free throw line.

Dordt held a substantial 44-32 edge in rebounding and turned the ball over 17 times while Morningside lost the ball 11 times.

Other GPAC games this evening:
Nebraska Wesleyan at 72
(RV) Midland 69

Doane at 102
Concordia 93

(12) Northwestern at 60
(14) Briar Cliff 82

Dakota Wesleyan at 68
Mount Marty 61

GPAC Standings:
6 Dordt 11-3/20-3
14 Briar Cliff 10-3/16-6
12 Northwestern 9-4/16-5
RV Midland 8-6/13-9
Morningside 7-7/12-11
Dakota Wesleyan 5-8/13-10
Hastings 5-8/11-12
Nebraska Wesleyan 5-9/9-10
Doane 5-9/10-12
Concordia 5-9/9-12
Mount Marty 5-9/9-12

The Defenders will host the Briar Cliff Chargers in conference play on Saturday, January 28 at 4:00 pm in Sioux Center.

Dordt's Current Record: 20-3 (11-3)
Opponent's Current Record: 12-11 (7-7)

Team 1st Half 2nd Half Final
Dordt College 39 44 83
Morningside 35 39 74
Dordt Rebounding Leaders Total
Kyle Lindbergh 10
Shawn Keizer 6
Trevor Wolterstorff 6
Austin Katje 6
Team Total: 44
Opponent Rebounding Leaders Total
Ferguson, Tanner 8
Borchers, Bryan 8
Hamilton, Garth 4
Haveman, Joel 3
Team Total: 32
Dordt Scoring Leaders Total
Cliff Warner 31
Austin Katje 16
Jordan Vogel 13
Kyle Lindbergh 7
Team Total: 83
Opponent Scoring Leaders Total
Zoz, Kevin 15
Hamilton, Garth 14
Borchers, Bryan 13
Rudeen, Danny 10
Team Total: 74
Dordt Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 28/57 49%
3-Point Field Goals: 8/17 47%
Free Throws: 19/30 63%
Opponent Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 29/69 42%
3-Point Field Goals: 6/19 32%
Free Throws: 10/12 83%

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