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Dordt College Men's Basketball vs. Dakota Wesleyan

November 28, 2012

(Mitchell, South Dakota) The Dordt College Defender men's basketball team used a strong start to the second half to pick up a 95-78 GPAC road win over Dakota Wesleyan this evening (November 28). With the win the Defenders improve to 8-1 overall and 2-1 in the GPAC while the Tigers fall to 3-5 on the year and 0-2 in conference play. "We really did a great job of staying focused tonight," noted Dordt Head Coach Ross Douma, "it was very rewarding to see 5 straight good practices translate into a solid performance in the game tonight."

The Defenders jumped out to a 5-0 and continued to enjoy a 5 point lead at 10-5 but a 6 point run by the Tigers put the home side up 11-10 with 5 minutes played in the first half. A jumper by Trevor Wolterstorff on the next possession gave the Defenders the lead back and Dordt held a slim lead until a Mike Lee 3 pointer for the Tigers put the home team up 25-24 with 8 minutes to go. A 3 pointer by Shawn Keizer gave Dordt the lead back and the Defenders stretch their first half lead to as many as 9 (38-29) with 3:47 remaining. A 10-2 run helped the Tigers get within 1 (40-39) with 1:38 to play in the half but another Shawn Keizer 3 pointer gave the Defenders a little breathing room heading into the locker room.

Cliff Warner banged home a 3 to get the second half started for Dordt and back to back layups by Trevor Wolterstorff and Austin Katje put the Defenders up 11 (50-39) with just two and half minutes gone. The Tigers managed to get within 6 (70-64) with 8 minutes to play but Katje and Warner responded with three pointers to give the Defenders a 12 point cushion and the Dakota Wesleyan would get no closer than 10 at 6:04 and Dordt enjoyed a 14 point lead for the final 5 minutes of action in the Corn Palace in Mitchell, SD.

"We really made things difficult for them with a good defensive performance in the second half," said Douma, "our 1 on 1 defense was definitely improved and Wesleyan has some very strong offensive performers. Vogel and Sievers did a good job in the second half in spite of limited action in the first. Sean (Keizer) and Austin (Katje) hit big threes and Cliff (Warner) and Trevor (Wolterstorff) showed why they are some of the best players around." Wolterstorff's 21 points helped propel him to number 4 on the Dordt College all-time scoring list. "Trevor just brings it every day at practice, I don't think he's had 5 bad practices in his whole career and we've only lost 11 games since Cliff joined us so that tells you how important he has been to our program and he has a very high basketball IQ."

Warner and Wolterstorff both finished the night with 21 points with Warner making all 7 of his 14 shots from 3 point range while Wolterstorff was 8 of 10 from the floor with 1 made three and 4 of 4 from the free throw line. Warner also handed out a game high 7 assists and had one steal while Wolterstorff grabbed 5 boards and had 3 assists and a steal. Austin Katje finished with 18 points on 6 of 12 from the floor with 4 made threes on 7 attempts and was 2 for 2 from the line. Shawn Keizer was 3 of 4 with 3 of 3 from beyond the arc and 2 of 2 from the line for 11 points. Chris Sievers also had 11 on 4 of 8 from the floor and 3 of 3 from the line.

Mike Lee had team high honors for the Tigers with 20 points with 7 of 14 shooting (2 of 5 on 3s) and 4 of 4 from the line. Aireus Stephenson added 19 and Danny Maman 15 while Jalen Voss picked up the double double with 12 points and a game high 10 boards.

The Defenders shot 56.9% from the floor on 33 of 58 with 15 of 27 (55.6%)on threes and 12 of 14 on free throws for 87.5%.

Dakota Wesleyan made 31 of 60 field goal attempts (51.7%) and 6 of 14 (42.9%) from three point range while converting 10 of 10 from the charity stripe.

The Defenders held a 29-26 edge in rebounding and forced the Tigers into 15 turnovers while committing 14.

Other GPAC scores from this evening:
Midland at (OT) 88
Concordia 81

Nebraska Wesleyan at 64
(RV) Briar Cliff 71

(6) Northwestern at 54
Mount Marty 56

(14) Doane at 73
(RV) Hastings 80

GPAC Standings:
(6) Northwestern 3-1/7-2
(14) Doane 2-1/9-1
(RV) Hastings 2-1/9-1
(3) Dordt 2-1/8-1
Concordia 2-1/5-2
(RV) Briar Cliff 2-2/7-3
Morningside 1-1/3-5
Mount Marty 1-2/4-4
Midland 1-2/3-4
Nebraska Wesleyan 0-2/4-2
Dakota Wesleyan 0-2/3-5

The Dordt College men's basketball team will travel to Fremont, Nebraska on Saturday, December 1 for a 4 pm Great Plains Athletic Conference contest.

Dordt's Current Record: 8-1 (2-1)
Opponent's Current Record: 3-5 (0-2)

Team 1st Half 2nd Half OT 1 OT 2 OT 3 OT 4 Final
Dordt College 0 0 0 0 0 0 95
Dakota Wesleyan 0 0 0 0 0 0 78
Dordt Rebounding Leaders Total
Austin Katje 7
Kyle Lindbergh 5
Trevor Wolterstorff 5
Jordan Vogel 3
Team Total: 29
Opponent Rebounding Leaders Total
Voss, Jalen 10
Bamberg, Luke 5
Team Total: 26
Dordt Scoring Leaders Total
Trevor Wolterstorff 21
Cliff Warner 21
Austin Katje 18
Shawn Keizer 11
Team Total: 95
Opponent Scoring Leaders Total
Lee, Mike 20
Stephenson, Aireus 19
Maman, Danny 15
Voss, Jalen 12
Team Total: 78
Dordt Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 33/58 57%
3-Point Field Goals: 15/27 56%
Free Throws: 14/16 88%
Opponent Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 31/60 52%
3-Point Field Goals: 6/14 43%
Free Throws: 10/10 100%

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