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Dordt College Men's Basketball vs. Dakota Wesleyan

February 8, 2012

(Mitchell, South Dakota) In a dramatic comeback in Mitchell, South Dakota, the Dordt College men outscore the Dakota Wesleyan Tigers 12-1 over the last 4 and a half minutes to turn a 57-49 deficit into a 61-58 GPAC victory to pick up their 24th win of the season. The win is Dordt's first in the Corn Palace in 9 years as they improve to 24-3 overall and 15-3 in the GPAC while the Tigers drop to 14-13 on the season and 6-11 in conference play.

"This was definitely a hard fought win for us, no question it was the most physical game of the year and at times it looked like a rugby match," remarked Dordt Head Coach Ross Douma. "We did a great job persevering through some adversity tonight and responded very well."

Dakota Wesleyan enjoyed the largest lead of the half, up 5 (11-6) with 10:40 to play in a half where baskets were hard to come by and the teams battled to 7 different ties. Dordt's biggest lead of the half came late as the Defenders found themselves up 4 (25-21) with 69 seconds to play but Wesleyan scored the last 5 points of the half to take a 26-25 halftime lead.

Early in the second half the two teams would be knotted two more times at 29-29 and 31-31 but a 6 point run by the Tigers put them up 37-31 with 16:29 to play on a Jake Kneeland 3 pointer. The Defenders were able to get within 1 on two separate occasions but found themselves still trailing by 6 (46-40) with under ten minutes to play.

A seven point Dordt run, consisting of a Cliff Warner three pointer, a Tyler Wolterstorff layup and an offensive rebound and put back by Trevor Wolterstorff, put Dordt up a point (47-46) with 8:20 to play. A rare 4 point play by Mike Lee gave the Tigers a 3 point advantage and sparked a 9-2 DWU run capped by a Lee jumper with 4:42 to play with the Tigers up by eight (57-49).

A Chris Sievers layup followed by an Austin Katje 3 pointer with 3:42 to play got Dordt within 3 (57-54) and forced Wesleyan to take a time-out. A Jordan Vogel slam with 2:29 to play followed by an old-fashioned 3 pointer by Sievers at 1:36 put the Defenders up by 2 (59-57) and sent Bo LaCroix to the bench with 5 personal fouls.

With 45 seconds left on the clock, Wesleyan's Mike Lee went to the free throw line with a chance to tie the game, and the Tigers were 13 of 13 from the stripe, but missed the first of two and the Defenders maintained the lead. The Defenders were able to run the shot clock down before getting a finger roll layup from Wolterstorff with 14 seconds left to go up 3 (61-58). The Tigers were forced to shoot the three to try to tie the game and a desperation three with a second left was no good and the Defenders earned the hard fought GPAC victory.

"We were just relentless on the glass," said Douma, "we weren't a great team tonight but we played really, really tough and that was great to see." Dordt College shot 23 of 59 (39%) from the floor with 3 of 14 from beyond the arc (21.4%) and made 60% (12-20) of their free throw attempts.

Topping the Defenders in scoring was Chris Sievers who had 15 points on 6 of 12 from the floor and 3 of 3 from the free throw line while also grabbing 7 boards, including 4 offensive caroms. Trevor Wolterstorff ended the night with 14 points on 6 of 11 from the field and 2 of 6 from the charity stripe and also pulled down 9 boards and had 2 assists. Jordan Vogel ripped down a game high 10 rebounds with 6 of those on the offensive glass, to go along with 8 points and 3 assists.

The Tigers were 19 of 60 from the field (31.7%) with 6 of 20 (30%) from three point range and 14 of 15 (93.3%) from the charity stripe.

Mike Lee and Jake Kneeland both finished with 10 points with Kneeland going 3 for 5 from the floor, 2 of 4 on 3s and 2 for 2 from the line while Lee shot 4 of 16 (25%) from the field and was 1 of 2 on free throws. Jordan Long had 9 points and pulled down a team high 7 rebounds while dishing out a game high 5 assists with 1 steal. Jalen Voss finished with 5 blocked shots.

The Defenders dominated the boards grabbing 46 rebounds, including 18 on the offensive end, while the Tigers pulled down 33 and Dordt committed 13 turnovers to 8 for Dakota Wesleyan.

Other GPAC scores from tonight:
Concordia at 65
(16) Briar Cliff 71

(RV) Midland at 76
Doane 70

(15) Northwestern at 87
Mount Marty 66

Hastings at 78
Nebraska Wesleyan 86

GPAC Standings:
4 Dordt 15-3/24-3
16 Briar Cliff 13-4/19-7
15 Northwestern 12-5/19-6
RV Midland 11-7/16-10
RV Morningside 9-8/15-12
Nebraska Wesleyan 7-11/11-12
Dakota Wesleyan 6-11/14-13
Concordia 6-11/12-14
Mount Marty 6-11/10-15
Hastings 5-12/11-16
Doane 5-12/10-16

The Defender men will play their last regular season home game when they take on Concordia at 4:00 pm on Saturday, February 11 in the DeWitt Gymnasium in Sioux Center before finishing GPAC play the following Saturday at Doane.

Dordt's Current Record: 24-3 (15-3)
Opponent's Current Record: 14-13 (6-11)

Team 1st Half 2nd Half Final
Dordt College 25 36 61
Dakota Wesleyan 26 32 58
Dordt Rebounding Leaders Total
Jordan Vogel 10
Trevor Wolterstorff 9
Chris Sievers 7
Austin Katje 5
Team Total: 46
Opponent Rebounding Leaders Total
Long, Jordan 7
Wilson, Kris 5
Bamberg, Luke 5
LaCroix, Bo 4
Team Total: 33
Dordt Scoring Leaders Total
Chris Sievers 15
Trevor Wolterstorff 14
Austin Katje 9
Jordan Vogel 8
Team Total: 61
Opponent Scoring Leaders Total
Kneeland, Jake 10
Lee, Mike 10
Long, Jordan 9
Bamberg, Luke 8
Team Total: 58
Dordt Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 23/59 39%
3-Point Field Goals: 3/14 21%
Free Throws: 12/29 41%
Opponent Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 19/60 32%
3-Point Field Goals: 6/20 30%
Free Throws: 14/15 93%

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