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Dordt College Men's Basketball vs. Briar Cliff

December 15, 2012

(Sioux Center, Iowa) An 18-7 run by the Defender men to open the second half took the suspense out of the home GPAC contest, as Dordt quickly turned a 43-30 halftime lead into a 61-37 advantage and coasted to 74-58 home victory this afternoon (December 15).

The two teams exchanged baskets in the early going in the DeWitt Gymansium and a 3 pointer by Briar Cliff's Taylor Murren gave the visitors and early 7-6 lead at 17:20. An 11-0 run punctuated by a Cliff Warner three ball put the Defenders up 17-7 at 13:02 and a Tyler Wolterstorff layup at 9:47 put Dordt up by a baker's dozen at 24-11.

A 7-1 stretch for the Chargers put them within 7 (25-18)on a pair of Turner Fahey free throws at 8:15 and Briar Cliff got within 5 (30-25)on a John Engler 3 ball with 3:33 remaining in the first half. That was close enough for the Defenders who responded with 8 straight point to take a 13 point lead on a Chris Sievers jumper with just under two minutes to go. A Cliff Warner 3 pointer pushed the Dordt advantage to 16 with 31 seconds left but Turner Fahey matched the three with 5 seconds to go to give the Defenders a 43-30 halftime cushion.

After being encouraged at the break by Head Coach Ross Douma, the Defenders got off to a great start in the second half, outscoring the Chargers 18-7 in the first seven and a half minutes to push a 13 point lead at the break into a 24 point cushion, going up 61-37 on a Rees Beaver jumper at 12:24. Included in that run by the Defenders was a sequence in which Kyle Lindbergh slammed the ball to put the Defenders up 15, on the ensuing Charger possession, Dordt point guard Cliff Warner blocked a Turner Fahey shot, secured the ball and raced to the other end, drilling a three to put the Defenders up 18.

Dordt was able to push their lead to as many as 26 and led 69-43 with 6:31 to play and the Defender lead was never threatened over the closing minutes.

Dordt College shot 51.7% from the floor on 30 of 58 with 5 of 13 coming from behind the arch and were 9 of 15 (60%) from the charity stripe. The Defenders defense limited the Chargers to just 31% from the floor, as Briar Cliff hit 19 of 61 on the afternoon. The bright spot for the Chargers offensively was their 14 of 14 from the free throw line. Dordt held a slim 39-36 rebounding edge and both teams took care of the basketball with Briar Cliff committing 9 turnovers with the the Defenders giving it up only 7 times.

A trio of Dordt players finished the contest with 15 points as Cliff Warner made 5 of 9 three pointers while Trevor Wolterstorff hit 6 of 11 from the floor and 3 of 5 from the free throw line and rounding out the group was Jordan Vogel who hit 5 of 7 from the floor and 5 of 6 from the line. Katje and Keizer each collected 5 boards for Dordt College and Cliff Warner dished out a game high 5 assists and Trevor Wolterstorff added 3 blocked shots.

Dordt's defense was able to hold all Briar Cliff players under double digits in scoring as the Chargers were led by Turner Fahey's nine point on 3 of 13 from the floor and 2 of 2 from the line. Ricky Torres snared a game high 8 rebounds while Michael Collison had 2 blocks and Zach Otting had 2 assists.

"We did a very good job defensively limiting them to one shot," remarked Dordt Head Coach Ross Douma. "Our execution was pretty good and we did a nice job looking into the post. It was important for us to get some separation from them early in the second half and that's exactly what we did. It was a big week for us coming off that tough loss on the road and our guys did well in responding with two big wins this week."

GPAC Scores from today:
(RV) Hastings at 102
(10) Northwestern 114

(8) Doane at 6:00pm
Dakota Wesleyan CT

(RV) Briar Cliff at 58
(13) Dordt 74

Midland at 90
Morningside 52

Nebraska Wesleyan at 63
Mount Marty 52

GPAC Standings:
(8) Doane 6-1/13-1
(10) Northwestern 5-2/10-3
(13) Dordt 5-3/11-3
Midland 5-3/7-5
(RV) Hastings 4-3/11-3
(RV) Briar Cliff 3-4/10-5
Morningside 3-4/5-8
Dakota Wesleyan 2-4/5-7
Nebraska Wesleyan 2-5/6-5
Concordia 2-5/5-6
Mount Marty 2-5/5-8

The Defenders will travel to Florida over the Christmas break for a pair of games against Webber International and Warner Southern. On Friday, December 28 Dordt will take on Webber International at 6:00 pm before playing Warner Southern on the 29th with that game also tipping off at 6:00 pm in Babson Park, Florida.

Dordt's Current Record: 11-3 (5-3)
Opponent's Current Record: 10-5 (3-4)

Team 1st Half 2nd Half Final
Dordt College 43 31 74
Briar Cliff 30 28 58
Dordt Rebounding Leaders Total
Shawn Keizer 5
Austin Katje 5
Jordan Vogel 4
Kyle Lindbergh 4
Team Total: 39
Opponent Rebounding Leaders Total
Torres, Ricky 8
Collison, Michael 5
Shipley, Jake 4
Harreld, Clay 4
Team Total: 36
Dordt Scoring Leaders Total
Jordan Vogel 15
Trevor Wolterstorff 15
Cliff Warner 15
Chris Sievers 8
Team Total: 74
Opponent Scoring Leaders Total
Fahey, Turner 9
Shipley, Jake 8
Harreld, Clay 8
Murren, Taylor 7
Team Total: 58
Dordt Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 30/58 52%
3-Point Field Goals: 5/13 38%
Free Throws: 9/15 60%
Opponent Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 19/61 31%
3-Point Field Goals: 6/22 27%
Free Throws: 14/14 100%

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