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Dordt College Men's Basketball vs. Northwestern-GPAC Tournament

February 28, 2012

(Sioux Center, Iowa) For the first time this season the Dordt College Defender men's basketball team could not defend their home floor as they fall 86-61 in the GPAC Championship to the Northwestern Red Raiders. With the loss the Defenders are now 28-4 on the season while the Raiders improve to 25-6.

Northwestern scored just 3 seconds in to the contest to take a 2-0 lead and a rebound and put back by Dordt's Trevor Wolterstorff on the next trip down the floor tied the game at 2-2. The Red Raiders took the lead for good on the next possession, outscoring Dordt 5-0 to take a 7-2 advantage 3 minutes in to the half. Northwestern held a 3 to 5 point lead over the next few minutes and a Jordan Vogel dunk got the Defenders within 3 (13-10) at the 14:28 mark.

The Raider response to the Vogel slam was an 11-0 run that put the visitors up by 14 (24-10) halfway through the opening period. A 6-0 run of their own by the Defenders got Dordt within 8 (24-16) but a Ryan Stock 3 pointer after a Raider time out pushed the lead back to double digits. Already leading 27-18, and 11 to 0 Red Raider run pushed the Northwestern advantage to twenty points (38-18) with 4 minutes to go and the Defenders found themselves down by 21 at the break.

The Defenders trailed by more than 20 for almost all of the first 10 minutes of the second half and found themselves down by 24 (65-41)with 10:07 to play. An Austin Katje 3 pointer followed by a pair of Katje free throws found the Defenders inside 20 points(65-46) for the first time in the second half since trailing 45-26. A Cliff Warner 3 pointer at 8:32 got the Defenders within 16 (65-49) and reignited the Dordt crowd. Another 3 point attempt by Austin Katje would have knocked the Raider lead down to 13 but the shot rattled out and the Raiders rallied to score 8 straight to push their lead to 24 (73-49) with under six minutes left and put the game out of reach as the Raiders went on to claim the GPAC title with the 86-61 victory.

Both Northwestern and Dordt College had already secured berths in to the NAIA National Tournament prior to the game as the Raiders avenged two regular season losses to the Defenders.

Northwestern's Walker Seim led all scorers with 17 point on 4 of 8 from the floor with 3 of 5 from 3 point range and a perfect 6-6 from the charity stripe. Jon Kramer finished with 16, Ben Miller had 13 and Ryan Stock 11. Miller snared a team high 7 rebound while Miller and Kramer shared game high honors with 5 assists apiece.

Dordt College was led by Trevor Wolterstorff's 16 points on 7 of 12 from the floor and 2 of 3 from the free throw line while also grabbing a game high 8 board. Jordan Vogel finished with 11 point while Chris Sievers had 10 to go along with a team high 4 assists.

As a team the Raiders were 34 of 63 from the floor for 54% with 7 of 17 from beyond the arc (41.2%) and 11 of 12 (91.7%) from the line.

The Defenders were 21 of 52 (40.4%)from the field and 4 of 14 (28.6%) from 3 point range and 15 of 19 (78.9%)from the charity stripe.

Northwestern outrebounded the Defenders 33-29 and Dordt committed 20 turnovers while the Raiders lost the ball 11 times.

"They played an outstanding game," remarked Dordt Head Coach Ross Douma, "they were hungrier than us and beat us at every facet of the game tonight. They played like the game meant more to them. It was unfortunate to have this performance in our last home game in front of a crowd that has been fantastic all season long. We had some chances in the first half and didn't capitalize and had that one run on them midway through the second where we could have cut it to 13 but couldn't get the shot to fall. My hats off to Northwestern and now we will start preparing for the national tournament. Chris (Sievers) did a nice job finding Trevor (Wolterstorff) when they double teamed him. One of the big positives for us is that we get to play again and this is not our last game of the season."

GPAC Play-off Results:
Championship Game: Tuesday, February 28
(2) Northwestern, 86 (1) Dordt 61

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 College will travel to Point Lookout, MO to play in the NAIA National Tournament which will begin on March 7.

Dordt's Current Record: 28-4 (17-3)
Opponent's Current Record: 25-6 (15-5)

Team 1st Half 2nd Half Final
Dordt College 25 36 61
Northwestern-GPAC Tournament 45 41 86
Dordt Rebounding Leaders Total
Trevor Wolterstorff 8
Jordan Vogel 6
Cliff Warner 4
Kyle Lindbergh 3
Team Total: 29
Opponent Rebounding Leaders Total
Miller, Ben 7
VanderPlaats, Josh 4
Stock, Ryan 4
Seim, Walker 3
Team Total: 29
Dordt Scoring Leaders Total
Trevor Wolterstorff 16
Jordan Vogel 11
Chris Sievers 10
Austin Katje 8
Team Total: 61
Opponent Scoring Leaders Total
Seim, Walker 17
Kramer, Jon 16
Miller, Ben 13
Stock, Ryan 11
Team Total: 86
Dordt Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 21/52 40%
3-Point Field Goals: 4/14 29%
Free Throws: 15/19 79%
Opponent Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 34/63 54%
3-Point Field Goals: 7/17 41%
Free Throws: 11/12 92%

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