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Dordt College Men's Basketball vs. Briar Cliff

January 28, 2012

(Sioux Center, Iowa) The Defender men avenged an earlier loss to the Briar Cliff and remain unbeaten on their home court as they defeated the Chargers 75-53 in GPAC action in Sioux Center this afternoon. Dordt College improves to 21-3 overall and 12-3 in conference play while the Chargers drop to 16-7 overall and 10-4 in GPAC play

Dordt College scored the first 9 points of the contest to take a 9-0 lead on an Austin Katje layup just two minutes in to the opening half. The Chargers scored 5 straight to get it to 9-5 but a Kyle Lindbergh three pointer gave the Defenders a 12-5 lead. A Tim Loan 3 for Briar Cliff at 13:07 got the visitors within 5 (15-10) but a 6 point Defender run found Dordt up 21-10 with 11:10 to play and the Chargers could get no closer than 9 the rest of the half. Leading 26-16 with 6:24 left in the first half a 10-2 run by the Defenders, capped by a Kyle Lindbergh 3 pointer, gave Dordt an 36-18 lead with 2:17 to play and the Defender lead was 15 (36-21) at half.

The Dordt lead stayed in the mid to high teens over the opening 5 minutes of the second half and a Cliff Warner jumper with 14:53 on the clock gave the Defenders a 21 point cushion. Dordt continued to lead by 21 on a pair of Cliff Warner free throws at 10:46 and the Chargers only got within 20 once over the final 10 minutes and a Warner three at 5:43 gave the Defenders their biggest lead of the game (26) at 67-41. The 22 point Defender win on their home court tied the regular season series between the two schools as the Defenders narrowly fell, 88-83 to the Chargers in Sioux City back on December 17.

"Our guys really extended themselves defensively," said Dordt Head Coach Ross Douma after a game in which his team held the opponent to 53 points, matching the lowest output for the Chargers this season. "We knew we would have to hold Shipley and Murren in check and we accomplished that." Murren finished the game with 6 points while Shipley had 7. "We did a nice job on the boards and for the most part took care of the basketball. We practiced really well the past couple days and it is nice to see the fruits of that labor. We have great kids that care about playing their best and aren't selfish."

Dordt's offense was very balanced as 13 different players got in the scorebook and Jordan Vogel led the Defenders with 14 points. Vogel was 6 of 11 from the floor and 2 of 3 from the free throw line while also grabbing a game high 9 rebounds to go along with 2 blocked shots. Cliff Warner had 13 points on 4 of 6 from the floor, with a perfect 3 of 3 from beyond the arc and 2 of 2 from the line. Warner also dished out 4 assists and had one steal. Trevor Wolterstorff and Chris Sievers each had 10 points, with Wolterstorff shooting 4 of 7 from the floor and 2 of 3 from the line while dishing out a game high 5 assists; Sievers was 3 of 5 on field goal attempts and 4 of 7 from the line.

The Chargers were led by Michael Collison's 10 points and 7 rebounds. Jake Shipley had 7 points and Clay Pagels, Taylor Murren and Eric Rohe each had six. Ben Sitzmann had 3 assists and 5 rebounds.

As a team, the Defenders were 27-50 (54%) from the floor, with 7 of 15 (46.7%) from three point range and 14 of 24 (58.3%) from the free throw line.

The Chargers shot 21 of 54 from the field (38.9%) with 5 of 17 (29.4%) from beyond the arc and 6 of 15 (40%) from the line.

Dordt College held a 39-29 edge in rebounding with each team grabbing 10 offensive boards and both sides turned the ball over 13 times.

GPAC scores from today:
(14) Briar Cliff at 53
(6) Dordt 75

(RV) Midland at 60
Morningside 73

Doane at 63
Dakota Wesleyan 79

Hastings at 71
(12) Northwestern 79

Nebraska Wesleyan at 56
Mount Marty 63

GPAC Standings:
6 Dordt 12-3/21-3
12 Northwestern 10-4/17-5
14 Briar Cliff 10-4/16-7
RV Midland 8-7/13-10
Morningside 8-7/13-11
Dakota Wesleyan 6-8/14-10
Mount Marty 6-9/10-12
Hastings 5-9/11-13
Concordia 5-9/10-12
Nebraska Wesleyan 5-10/9-11
Doane 5-10/10-13

Dordt College will return to action when they host the Northwestern Red Raiders on Wednesday, February 1 at 8:00 pm in Sioux Center.

Dordt's Current Record: 21-3 (12-3)
Opponent's Current Record: 16-7 (10-4)

Team 1st Half 2nd Half Final
Dordt College 36 39 75
Briar Cliff 21 32 53
Dordt Rebounding Leaders Total
Jordan Vogel 9
Trevor Wolterstorff 6
Kyle Lindbergh 4
Cliff Warner 4
Team Total: 39
Opponent Rebounding Leaders Total
Collison, Michael 7
Sitzmann, Ben 5
Loan, Tim 4
Torres, Ricky 4
Team Total: 29
Dordt Scoring Leaders Total
Jordan Vogel 14
Cliff Warner 13
Trevor Wolterstorff 10
Chris Sievers 10
Team Total: 75
Opponent Scoring Leaders Total
Collison, Michael 10
Shipley, Jake 7
Pagels, Clay 6
Rohe, Eric 6
Team Total: 53
Dordt Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 27/50 54%
3-Point Field Goals: 7/15 47%
Free Throws: 14/24 58%
Opponent Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 21/54 39%
3-Point Field Goals: 5/17 29%
Free Throws: 6/14 43%

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