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Dordt College Men's Basketball vs. Midland

December 12, 2011

(Sioux Center, Iowa) The Dordt College menís basketball team, currently ranked 2nd in NAIA Division 2, won their 14th straight basketball game beating Midland University 76-59 in Great Plains Athletic Conference play this evening (December 12, 2011).

Austin Katje scored 11 of Dordt's first 15 points in helping the Defender men take a 15-10 lead midway through the second half. "Austin really did a nice job early in the first half hitting some key 3's," said Dordt Head Coach Ross Douma. A pair of free throws by Midland's Jalen Hueser cut the gap down to 3 at 15-12 with the Defenders scoring the next 5 to take an 8 point lead (21-12) at 9:45 on a Kyle Lindbergh layup.

With 8:12 to play a Ben Imig layup got the Warriors within 5 again at 22-17 but Dordt answered with an 16-4 run over the final 8 minutes to take a 17 point lead (38-21)after the first half. "We really did a very good job of closing out that first half," said Douma.

Ben Imig opened the second half scoring for the Warriors with a 3 pointer that cut the gap down to 14 and the Defenders scored the next 6 points with a Jordan Vogel layup giving Dordt a 20 point lead (44-24) with 18 minutes to play. Midland rallied with a 10-2 run to make it a 12 point game (46-34) with 13:39 to play and were still down a dozen at 48-36 with 12:06 remaining. A 3 pointer by Dordt's Kyle Lindbergh gave the Defenders a 15 point cushion at 51-36 but the Warriors managed to cut the lead down to 10 on a pair of Alex Knobbe free throws with 8:27 to play. Midland would never get the lead back down to single digits as Lindbergh hit another 3 pointer with 8:13 to play and a Chris Sievers jumper put the lead back to 15 (58-43) at the 7:33 mark. From there the lead would hover between 13 and 19 and the Defenders took their 14th straight game of the season.

"Midland came in and played really hard and physical," said Douma. "There were times in the game when we were careless and not as focused as we needed to be, (regarding Dordt's 23 turnovers). We were maybe not as efficient as we have been on some nights but we were very business like. Chris (Sievers) played a great game tonight, with lots of energy and was focused from the free throw line and he and Lindbergh did a good job on the glass."

Sievers finished the night with a double double for the Defenders with 10 points and a game high 12 rebounds. Lindbergh added 12 points for Dordt and pulled down 7 rebounds. The Defenders had 5 player with double figures in points as Vogel had a game high 15, Trevor Wolterstorff had 14 and Katje finished with 13. Wolterstorff also had a game high 3 assists and 2 blocked shots.

Dordt enjoyed a significant advantage on the glass, ripping down 39 boards while the Warriors grabbed just 27. The Defender defense held the Warriors to just 33.9% shooting on 19 of 56 from the floor while shooting 52.2% on the evening themselves on 24 of 46, including 7 of 16 (43.8%) from behind the arc. Both teams went to the free throw with some regularity as Dordt shot 28 free throws, converting 21 of them for 75% with Midland making 17 of 23 for 73.9%.

Avery Langford led Midland with 12 points and Galen Gullie added 11 while Alex Knobbe pulled down a team high 4 rebounds. The Warriors were credited with only one assist on the game and committed 17 turnovers.

Dordt College will play host to Morningside on Wednesday, December 14 at 8 pm in a GPAC contest in Sioux Center, Iowa. GPAC Standings:
4 Dordt 6-0/14-0
19 Morningside 4-1/7-4
8 Northwestern 4-2/9-3
Mount Marty 3-2/6-3
RV Briar Cliff 3-3/9-4
RV Midland 3-3/7-5
Doane 2-4/7-7
Hastings 2-4/7-7
Concordia 2-4/5-5
Dakota Wesleyan 1-4/7-5
Nebraska Wesleyan 1-4/5-4

Dordt's Current Record: 14-0 (6-0)
Opponent's Current Record: 7-5 (3-3)

Team 1st Half 2nd Half Final
Dordt College 38 38 76
Midland 21 38 59
Dordt Rebounding Leaders Total
Chris Sievers 12
Kyle Lindbergh 7
Trevor Wolterstorff 5
Tyler Wolterstorff 4
Team Total: 39
Opponent Rebounding Leaders Total
Knobbe, Alex 4
Borst, Luke 3
Messersmith, Marcus 3
Vaughn, Jerome 3
Team Total: 27
Dordt Scoring Leaders Total
Jordan Vogel 15
Trevor Wolterstorff 14
Austin Katje 13
Kyle Lindbergh 12
Team Total: 76
Opponent Scoring Leaders Total
Langford, Avery 12
Gullie, Galen 11
Hueser, Jalen 7
Knobbe, Alex 7
Team Total: 59
Dordt Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 24/46 52%
3-Point Field Goals: 7/16 44%
Free Throws: 21/28 75%
Opponent Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 19/56 34%
3-Point Field Goals: 4/16 25%
Free Throws: 17/23 74%

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