Dordt College Men's Basketball vs. Nebraska Wesleyan

December 8, 2012

(Lincoln, Nebraska) Picking up wins on the road in Nebraska continues to be a struggle for the Defender men as they fall 71-69 in overtime to Nebraska Wesleyan this afternoon (December 8). The Defenders are now 9-3 overall and 3-3 in the conference, with all three losses occurring away from the cozy confines of the DeWitt gymnasium to Nebraska-based GPAC schools. The Prairie Wolves grab their first conference win and improve to 5-4 on the year and 1-4 in GPAC play.

Dordt didn’t get on the board until the 16:19 mark when Cliff Warner knocked a three-point basket down to stop a 6-0 run by the Prairie Wolves to start the game. Wesleyan was able to hold the Defenders at bay still maintaining a 14-9 lead with 11:20 remaining in the half.

A pair of Chris Sievers free throws six minutes later tied the game at 19-19. A Jordan Vogel three-point play with 2:41 remaining in the half capped a 12-0 run that put the Defenders up 27-19. Wesleyan was able to stop the momentum shift and battled to a 31-26 deficit at halftime.

Dordt kept the momentum in the second half, getting up 11 with a 53-42 advantage at the 9:10 mark. The difference came on the back end of a 14-5 run that was capped by a Trevor Wolterstorff lay up. After a Wesleyan timeout the hosts narrowed it six but the Defenders seemed to have things in control with an eight point lead at the 6:50 mark.

Five straight points by Eric Jackson cut the lead to three on a three-pointer and two free throws. Wesleyan eventually took the lead with a 9-0 run that ended with a pair of Sass Karamae free throws with 2:59 mark for a 57-56 Wesleyan lead.

Austin Katje answered with a three-point basket on the ensuing possession but the Defenders committed a foul under the basket that resulted in free throws at the two-point Dordt lead was short lived with a tie at 59-59.

After a free throw by Wesleyan to go up 60-59 Chris Sievers scored a bucket but missed the chance for a three point play at the 2:01 mark. It was the last field goal either team would score. Wesleyan eventually tied the game at the 00:46 mark on a free throw.

After a Dordt timeout the Defenders turned the ball over with :15 left but Wesleyan’s shot at the buzzer to win it was off the mark.

In the overtime the Defenders got a basket by Jordan Vogel to tie it at 63-63 after Eric Jackson had given Wesleyan the lead. A three by Jackson at the 3:12 mark of overtime changed the complexion of the game. A free each by the two teams made it 67-64 and Sass Karamae free throw put Wesleyan up 68-64 with 1:25 left in the extra session.

A Tyler Wolterstorff lay up cut the lead in half and Wesleyan made a free throw on the ensuing possession to go up 69-66. Cliff Warner buried a three with :33 left in the overtime to tie it but Wesleyan, after a timeout, got the ball to Jackson again the sniper knocked down a two with :04 left.

Dordt called timeout, got the ball to half court and called another time out. On the inbounds play the Defenders got the ball back to Warner. The senior took one dribble to his left and fired but missed off the rim and Wesleyan survived for the 71-69 win.

Dordt was 23-60 from the floor and 7-15 on three-point shots. Wesleyan converted 24-56 and 6-18 respectively with Dordt holding a 43-34 rebounding advantage. Dordt turned it over 8 times in 45 minutes and Wesleyan had five turnovers.

“We did a lot of things well,” said Dordt coach Ross Douma. “I thought our shot selection was good. We had some good stops on defense but at the end of it all we have to find a way to dig down deep and find a way to win this game.”

Austin Katje had 16 points and was 4-7 on three point shots with four rebounds and three assists. Jordan Vogel had 11 points before fouling out and Tyler Wolterstorff had 11 points off the bench. Chris Sievers and Cliff Warner each had 10 Trevor Wolterstorff had nine—all in the second half. Kyle Lindbergh grabbed 11 rebounds and Trevor Wolterstorff had eight rebounds, eight of which were offensive.

Wesleyan was paced by Jackson with 19 points and Trevor Johnson came off the bench to score 17 for Wesleyan.

GPAC Scores from today:
(25) Briar Cliff at 69
(RV) Hastings 88

(7) Dordt at (OT) 69
Nebraska Wesleyan 71

Mount Marty at 54
Midland 62

Dakota Wesleyan at 75
Concordia 65

Morningside at 60
(14) Doane 76

(RV) Dakota State University at 62
(9) Northwestern 77

GPAC Standings:
14 Doane 5-1/12-1
RV Hastings 4-2/11-2
9 Northwestern 4-2/9-3
Morningside 3-2/5-6
7 Dordt 3-3/9-3
25 Briar Cliff 3-3/9-4
Midland 3-3/5-5
Dakota Wesleyan 2-3/5-6
Concordia 2-4/5-5
Nebraska Wesleyan 1-4/5-4
Mount Marty 1-4/4-6

Dordt College will travel to Sioux City on Wednesday, December 12 to take on Morningside in a GPAC game scheduled to tip-off at 8:00 pm.

Dordt's Current Record: 9-3 (3-3)
Opponent's Current Record: 5-4 (1-4)

Team 1st Half 2nd Half OT 1 Final
Dordt College 31 30 8 69
Nebraska Wesleyan 26 35 10 71
Dordt Rebounding Leaders Total
Kyle Lindbergh 11
Trevor Wolterstorff 8
Jordan Vogel 6
Shawn Keizer 3
Team Total: 42
Opponent Rebounding Leaders Total
Team Total: 34
Dordt Scoring Leaders Total
Austin Katje 16
Tyler Wolterstorff 11
Jordan Vogel 11
Cliff Warner 10
Team Total: 69
Opponent Scoring Leaders Total
Jackson, Eric 19
Johnson, Trevor 17
Team Total: 71
Dordt Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 23/60 38%
3-Point Field Goals: 7/15 47%
Free Throws: 16/26 62%
Opponent Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 24/56 43%
3-Point Field Goals: 6/18 33%
Free Throws: 17/24 71%

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