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Dordt College Men's Basketball vs. Midland (GPAC Semifinal)

February 25, 2012

(Sioux Center, Iowa) The Dordt College Defender men's basketball team advanced to the GPAC Championship game that will be held on Tuesday, February 28, as they knocked off the Midland University Warriors 68-61 in a semifinal contest this afternoon.

The visiting Warriors put up the first five points on the scoreboard, in taking a 5-0 lead on a Ben Imig jumper at 17:35. An 8-0 run by the Defenders that included a pair of Cliff Warner three points put Dordt up 8-5 at 15:52 and an Imig bucket from beyond the arc tied the game at 8-8.

Trailing 11-10, the Warriors took a brief lead at the 12 minute mark on a pair of Avery Langford freethrows. A jumper by Jordan Vogel on Dordt's next possession gave the Defenders a 13-12 lead and the Defender lead was never more than 4 in the first half and a Marcus Messersmith 3 pointer for the Warriors at 2:40 knotted the game 28-28, the fourth tie of the half. Midland took another 1 point lead (31-30) with 53 seconds left on a Knobbe layup and a pair of Austin Katje free throws with 38 seconds to go sent the teams to the locker room with Dordt leading 32-31.

The Defenders were 10 of 20 (50%) from the floor in the first half while the Warriors went 12 of 27 for 44.4%. Dordt was 10 of 11 (90.9%) from the charity stripe in the opening half while Midland was 4 of 5 (80%). Dordt's Kyle Lindbergh led all scorers in the opening period with 9. Midlane was able to keep the game close with a physical defense and five offensive rebounds.

Midland grabbed a one point lead (33-32) with a Zach Rosenboom layup 11 seconds in to the second half but a Jordan Vogel layup 16 seconds later put Dordt back on top by one and the Defenders pushed the lead to 3 at 36-33 and again at 38-35. A 3-pointer by Midland's Galen Gullie tied the game for the 6th time (38-38)and the teams were deadlocked again at 42-42 and 44-44. A Ben Imig jumper with 9:49 to play gave the Warriors a 2 point lead at 46-44 but that quickly evaporated with back to back threes from Tyler Wolterstorff and Cliff Warner to put Dordt up by 4 (50-46) with 7:34 to play and the Defenders were in the driver's seat.

Ben Imig made two freethrows for the Warriors to get the lead down to two but a seven point Defender run that included another 3 pointer plus a jumper from Cliff Warner put the Defenders up 9 (57-48) with exactly 3 minutes to go.

Midland got within 6 on three occasions over the closing minutes but could not get any closer and the Defenders led by as many as 10 (63-53) with 1:41 to play.

With fouls to give over the final minutes Dordt had the luxury of playing aggressive defense and the visitors struggled to get quality shots as Dordt picked up their 28th win of the season 68-61.

Dordt's Cliff Warner led all scorers with 21 points on 7 of 11 from the floor, including 4 of 6 from 3 point range while knocking down 3 of 4 from the free throw line. Kyle Lindbergh finished with 16 on 4 of 10 from the floor and 7 of 7 from the line while Jordan Vogel ended with 14 on 6 of 8 shooting and 2 of 2 from the strip. Chris Sievers and Jordan Vogel shared game high honors with 9 rebounds apiece while Trevor Wolterstorff yanked down 7 boards and Warner and Lindbergh each handed out 8 assists.

Ben Imig and Alex Knobbe paced the Warriors with 11 points each on 4 of 9 and 5 of 15 from the floor respectively with Knobbe also grabbing a team high 5 boards. Donald Jones, who had 14 points for the Warriors in a win over Dordt earlier in the season was held to just 3 points as he was defended by Trevor Wolterstorff for most of the afternoon.

"Trevor (Wolterstorff) was outstanding against Jones defensively," said Dordt Head Coach Ross Douma, "he really hurt us last time but not today."

Midland finished the night shooting 42.9% on 25 of 46 from the field while making 6 of 13 from three point range for 46.2% and hit 7 of 8 free throw attempts.

Dordt shot 41.7% on 20 of 48 from the floor, making 6 of 15 (40%) from beyond the arc and hit an impressive 22 of 25 (88%) from the line. The Defenders outrebounded the Warriors 38-24 and turned the ball over 14 times to Midland's 10.

"Our kids played really hard and tough tonight and I am really proud again of our effort. The environment here in the DeWitt has become electric this season and we are very thankful to our dedicated fans. Even though it wasn't Chris' (Sievers) night on the offensive end he still continued to do a great job on the defensive end and still grabbed 9 boards. It is a luxury we have that our guys understand on any given night who has the hot hand or who we need to get the ball to they get it done. Vogel set some great screens to free Cliff (Warner) and Warner hit some key shots to get us over the hump and Tyler (Wolterstorff) hit a key three also.

Championship Tuesday, February 28
(2) Northwestern at (1) Dordt, Time TBA
Semifinals Saturday, February 25
(1) Dordt 68,(4) Midland 61
(2) Northwestern 95,(3) Briar Cliff 50

GPAC Tournament Results and Schedule:
Championship Game: Tuesday, February 28
(2) Northwestern at (1) Dordt, Time TBA

Semifinals Saturday, February 25
(1) Dordt 68,(4) Midland 61
(2) Northwestern 95,(3) Briar Cliff 50

Quarterfinals Wednesday, February 22
(1) Dordt College 78, (8) Concordia University 57
(4) Midland University 58, (5) Morningside College 57
(3) Briar Cliff University 51, (6) Nebraska Wesleyan University 41
(2) Northwestern College 85, (7) Mount Marty College 56

Dordt's Current Record: 28-3 (17-3)
Opponent's Current Record: 19-12 (12-8)

Team 1st Half 2nd Half Final
Dordt College 32 36 68
Midland (GPAC Semifinal) 31 30 61
Dordt Rebounding Leaders Total
Chris Sievers 9
Jordan Vogel 9
Trevor Wolterstorff 7
Kyle Lindbergh 6
Team Total: 38
Opponent Rebounding Leaders Total
Knobbe, Alex 5
Hueser, Jalen 4
Messersmith, Marcus 3
Blum, Gavin 2
Team Total: 24
Dordt Scoring Leaders Total
Cliff Warner 21
Kyle Lindbergh 16
Jordan Vogel 14
Trevor Wolterstorff 4
Team Total: 68
Opponent Scoring Leaders Total
Knobbe, Alex 11
Imig, Ben 11
Gullie, Galen 9
Messersmith, Marcus 8
Team Total: 61
Dordt Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 20/48 42%
3-Point Field Goals: 6/15 40%
Free Throws: 22/25 88%
Opponent Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 24/56 43%
3-Point Field Goals: 6/13 46%
Free Throws: 7/8 88%

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