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Dordt College Men's Basketball vs. Concordia (GPAC Quarterfinal)

February 22, 2012

(Sioux Center, Iowa) The Dordt College Defender men's basketball team maintained their unblemished home court record (12-0) and advance to the GPAC semifinals with a convincing 78-57 victory over the Concordia Bulldogs in a conference quarterfinal held in Sioux Center this evening (Wednesday, February 22).

The nationally ranked Defenders got off to a quick start in taking a 7-0 lead and led by 18 in the early going when a Tyler Wolterstorff layup at 11:21 put them up 22-4. A Charles Dunbar 3 pointer for Concordia got the Bulldogs within 15 at 27-12 with 8:43 to play but a seven point Defender run punctuated with a Jordan Vogel tip in put Dordt up 22 (34-12) with 7:22 to play. The Bulldogs responded with a 8-0 run to get the Defender advantage down to 14 (34-20) but Dordt answered with a 10-0 run that included threes from Katje and Warner to go up 24 (44-20) with 1:39 left in the first half and the Defenders enjoyed a 44-22 half-time lead.

Dordt College held 23 point leads twice in the early stages of the second half at 47-24 and again at 49-26 with 17:15 left on a Vogel jumper. An 8-2 stretch by Concordia got the Bulldogs within 17 (51-34) on a Tyler Byrd 3 point basket and the visitors found themselves still trailing by 17 (55-38) with 13:48 to play. An 8-1 Defender run capped by a Trevor Wolterstorff jumper put Dordt up by 24 (63-39)with 10:33 to play and the Bulldogs were never able to get within 20 the rest of the way and trailed by as many as 27 with 1:47 remaining in the contest.

The win is the 27th for the Defenders, who are currently ranked 2nd in the most recent NAIA poll. Dordt is now 27-3 on the year while the Bulldogs end their season at 13-17.

Dordt College was led by Chris Sievers who finished with 17 points on 7 of 10 from the floor and 3 of 4 from the charity stripe. Jordan Vogel picked up a double double with 15 points to match 15 rebounds as the junior shot 7 of 12 from the floor and was 1 of 3 from the free throw line and had 2 blocked shots. Cliff Warner and Austin Katje both had 9 points with Warner also dishing out 3 assists.

The Bulldogs were led by Charles Dunbar's 13 points on 5 of 10 from the floor with one three and 2 of 3 from the line. Porter Birtell finished with 12 points and Tyler Byrd added 10. Beau Smith had a team 11 boards for Concordia and also contributed 8 points.

As a team, the Defenders were 33 of 64 from the floor for 51.6% including 7 of 19 from beyond the arc for 36.8% and were 5 of 10 (50%) from the free throw line.

The Bulldogs shot 32.8% on 20-61 from the field and made 3 of 13 from 3 point range (23.1%) and 14 of 19 from the free throw line (73.7%).

The Defenders outrebounded the Bulldogs 44 to 35 and both teams committed 10 turnovers.

"We are really proud of the way our guys responded mentally to this contest as they came out with a great deal of intensity and we really set the tone with our defense," said Dordt Head Coach Ross Douma. "We moved the ball well tonight and we were particularly unselfish. Sievers and Vogel did a nice job getting deep post position and the rest of the guys made really good post entry passes and all our guys were good about making the extra pass when needed."

GPAC Quarterfinal scores:
(Conference Seed)Team (1) Dordt 78
(8) Concordia 57

(4) Midland 58
(5) Morningside at 57

(3)Briar Cliff CT
(6)Nebraska Wesleyan

(2) Northwestern
(7)Mount Marty

GPAC Semifinal Schedule for Saturday, February 25
(4)Midland at (1)Dordt Time TBA
Dordt College will play host to the Midland University Warriors on Saturday, February 25 in a GPAC semifinal contest in the DeWitt Gymnasium in Sioux Center. Midland defeated Morningside 58-57 in their quarterfinal matchup.

Dordt's Current Record: 27-3 (17-3)
Opponent's Current Record: 13-17 (7-13)

Team 1st Half 2nd Half Final
Dordt College 44 34 78
Concordia (GPAC Quarterfinal) 22 35 57
Dordt Rebounding Leaders Total
Jordan Vogel 15
Shawn Keizer 5
Kyle Lindbergh 4
Chris Sievers 4
Team Total: 44
Opponent Rebounding Leaders Total
Smith, Beau 11
Birtell, Porter 8
Chrzan, Zach 3
Braun, Barrett 3
Team Total: 35
Dordt Scoring Leaders Total
Chris Sievers 17
Jordan Vogel 15
Austin Katje 9
Cliff Warner 9
Team Total: 78
Opponent Scoring Leaders Total
Dunbar, Charles 13
Birtell, Porter 12
Byrd, Tyler 10
Smith, Beau 8
Team Total: 57
Dordt Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 33/64 52%
3-Point Field Goals: 7/19 37%
Free Throws: 5/10 50%
Opponent Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 20/61 33%
3-Point Field Goals: 3/13 23%
Free Throws: 14/19 74%

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