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Dordt College Men's Basketball vs. Concordia

February 11, 2012

(Sioux Center, Iowa) The #4 ranked Dordt College Defender men picked up their 25th win of the season with an 85-68 victory over the visiting Concordia Bulldogs and clinched the GPAC regular season title and the number one seed in the conference tournament. The Defenders went 3 for 3 on the week picking up wins on the road against Hastings and Dakota Wesleyan before grabbing win number three in front of a packed house this afternoon in the DeWitt Gymnasium.

“It was really nice to get this GPAC conference title at home in front of our enthusiastic fans who have been amazing in supporting us all year,” said Dordt Head Coach Ross Douma. “It was a great week for Dordt College basketball and our guys really did a good job staying tough with these 3 games in 6 days.”

By grabbing the top seed in the Great Plains Athletics Conference the Defenders have secured home court for the duration of the tournament.

Trailing by 3 in the first half, a Dordt College 3 pointer by Cliff Warner tied the game at 17-17 with 11:42 to play and the teams were tied again at 19. Six points from Chris Sievers and an Austin Katje 3 pointer helped the Defenders to a 7 point lead (28-21) with 8:56 to play and Dordt led by 8 (35-27) on a Shawn Keizer 3 with 5:22 left.

A 6-0 run got the Bulldogs within 2 (35-33) with 3:44 remaining but the Defenders answered with an 8-0 run to end the half to take a 10 point lead (43-33) in to the break.

Chris Sievers had 12 points in the first half on 5 of 7 from the floor and 2 of 2 from the free throw line while also grabbing 3 rebounds and the Defenders only committed one turnover in the first half while forcing the Bulldogs in to committing 8.

“We gained some momentum at the end of the first half and I didn’t feel like we ever really lost it," said Douma.

Dordt jumped out to a 14 point lead in the second half and were again up 14 (49-35) on a Jordan Vogel dunk with 18:34 left. An 8-0 Concordia run cut the Dordt advantage to 6 (49-43) with 15:30 to play and the Defenders still led by 6 (51-45) with just under 15 minutes to play but a 5-0 run pushed the gap to 11 (56-45).

Concordia managed to cut the lead down to 5 at 62-57 and again at 65-60 with 6:13 to play, both times on Joel Haywood three point baskets, but could never get it down to a one possession game and a 7-0 Defender run gave Dordt a 12 point cushion with 4:44 to play. A 3 pointer by Beau Smith cut the lead to single digits for the last time as Dordt responded with a 6-0 run and the visitors could get no closer than a dozen the rest of the way. Dordt outscored Concordia 20-8 over the final 6 minutes and 15 seconds.

“It was an efficient team effort for us again tonight, nothing flashy but we executed really well," said Douma.

Topping the Defenders in scoring was Chris Sievers who finished with 22 points on 9 of 13 from the floor and 4 of 5 from the free throw line while grabbing 5 rebounds and handing out a pair of assists.

“Sievers has been outstanding these last 3 weeks and has really been one of the difference makers for us," said Douma.

Jordan Vogel had 16 points on 6 of 12 from the floor and 4 of 6 from the charity stripe while Trevor Wolterstorff ended with 14 points on 5 of 8 shooting and 4 of 5 from the line. Tyler Wolterstorff grabbed a game high 7 rebounds to go along with 6 points, an assist and a steal. Cliff Warner had 9 points, a game high 6 assists and 3 steals. Austin Katje had 9 points and Shawn Keizer picked up 8.

As a team, Dordt College shot 30 of 59 from the floor for 50.8% with 6 of 14 from beyond the arc (42.9%) and 19 of 25 (76%) from the free throw line.

The Bulldogs were led by Barrett Braun’s 15 points on 6 of 12 from the floor with 2 of 5 from three point range and 1 of 1 from the line. Porter Birtell ended the night with 12 on 4 of 5 from both the floor and the free throw line while Joel Haywood and Brent Houchin both had 10. Beau Smith and Brent Houchin both snared 6 boards and Braun dished out 3 assists.

Concordia shot 23 of 51 (45.1%) from the floor with 7 of 18 (38.9%) from three point range and 15 of 18 (83.3%) from the free throw line.

The Defenders outrebounded the Bulldogs 31-30 and turned the ball over only 3 times while forcing their opponent in to 15.

Other GPAC Scores from today:
(16) Briar Cliff at (OT) 89
(RV) Morningside 97

Doane at 69
(15) Northwestern 92

Hastings at 91
Mount Marty 76

GPAC Standings:
4 Dordt 16-3/25-3
15 Northwestern 13-5/20-6
16 Briar Cliff 13-5/19-8
RV Midland 11-7/16-10
RV Morningside 10-8/16-12
Nebraska Wesleyan 7-11/11-12
Dakota Wesleyan 6-11/14-13
Concordia 6-12/12-15
Hastings 6-12/12-16
Mount Marty 6-12/10-16
Doane 5-13/10-17

Dordt College will travel to Crete, Nebraska for their last regular season game as they take on the Doane Tigers at 4:00 pm on Saturday, February 18 and will host a GPAC quarterfinal game on Wednesday, February 22.

Dordt's Current Record: 25-3 (16-3)
Opponent's Current Record: 12-15 (6-12)

Team 1st Half 2nd Half Final
Dordt College 43 42 85
Concordia 33 35 68
Dordt Rebounding Leaders Total
Tyler Wolterstorff 7
Trevor Wolterstorff 6
Chris Sievers 5
Jordan Vogel 3
Team Total: 31
Opponent Rebounding Leaders Total
Houchin, Brent 6
Smith, Beau 6
Birtell, Porter 4
Braun, Barrett 4
Team Total: 30
Dordt Scoring Leaders Total
Chris Sievers 22
Jordan Vogel 16
Trevor Wolterstorff 14
Cliff Warner 9
Team Total: 85
Opponent Scoring Leaders Total
Braun, Barrett 15
Birtell, Porter 12
Haywood, Joel 10
Houchin, Brent 10
Team Total: 68
Dordt Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 30/59 51%
3-Point Field Goals: 6/14 43%
Free Throws: 19/25 76%
Opponent Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 23/51 45%
3-Point Field Goals: 7/18 39%
Free Throws: 15/18 83%

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