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Dordt College Men's Basketball vs. Warner Southern

December 29, 2012

(Babson Park, Florida) The Dordt College Defender men pick up a two game sweep in Florida as they defeated Warner 75-73 this evening (December 29) after having beaten Webber International 73-72 yesterday night. With the victory the Defenders improve to 13-3 overall as they return to Great Plains Athletics Conference play next week.

Warner took an early lead and got up 4-0 but Dordt responded with a six point run and took an eventual 11-6 lead when Kyle Lindbergh hit a three-point shot with 13:09 left in the first half. Another bucket by Lindbergh with 11:32 left in the half pushed the lead to 16-11. The Royals scored the next seven points and they eventually had a 29-20 lead.

Dordt lost Trevor Wolterstorff for the remainder of the first half after he was hit below the eye on a putback with 5:22. Less than two minutes later Cliff Warner was fouled and left with a cut over his eye with 3:30 left and he didn't return until the second half.

Playing without their two leading scorers, the Defenders managed to get to halftime down by a 37-29 deficit after Ian Wilhelm made a three-pointer for the hosts near the end of the half.

The second half started with Warner getting out to a 44-33 lead with 18:05 left in the game. The lead was still 46-36 with 17:24 left in the game after Mark St. Fort scored. Dordt struggled to dent the lead and was down 48-39 when Lartereo Shaw made a basket with 16:16 remaining.

Tyler Wolterstorff made a jumper and Cliff Warner followed with a three point basket. Trevor Wolterstorff ended the Dordt run with a basket to make it 48-46 with 13:49 left in the game. The lead ballooned back to eight points at 58-50 at the 10:08 mark but Dordt put together another run to cut the gap to 63-60 with 6:09 remaining in the game on a Jordan Vogel basket.

Warner University scored the next five points to get up 68-60 with 4:41 remaining. Dordt would score the next 12 points. A Cliff Warner three-point basket followed by a Trevor Wolterstorff free throw got the gap cut in half. Austin Katje buried a three-point shot to get the lead to 68-67 and the junior hit another three-pointer to give Dordt it's first lead of the second half at the 3:20 mark. After a Warner University turnover, the Defenders got a driving basket by Tyler Wolterstorff for a 72-68 lead.

The Royals got a basket to go to make it 72-70 and Trevor Wolterstorff made a free throw for a 73-70 advantage. With :35 left Ray Victor hit a three-pointer, his third of the game to tie it at 73-73. After a timeout, the Defenders ran the clock down and with :05 left Cliff Warner lofted a lob pass the Jordan Vogel finished to put Dordt up 75-73. Warner University elected to go without a timeout and drove the ball the length of the floor and didn't get a shot off as time expired, allowing Dordt to escape with their second narrow win in as many nights.

Dordt was 28-56 from the floor and 8-21 on three-point shots while Warner converted 29-65 shots and 8-23 three-point baskets. Dordt had a 33-31 rebounding advantage and turned it over 14 times, four times in the second half.

Cliff Warner had 22 points and was 5-10 on three-pointers with five assists and two steals. Trevor Wolterstorff had 17 points and eight rebounds. Jordan Vogel had eight points and eight rebounds and Kyle Lindbergh had nine points and three blocked shots.

Mark St. Fort led Warner with 18 points and Ian Wilhelm had 17 points.

"What an absolutely gutsy win that was," noted Dordt College Head Coach Ross Douma, "I am extremely proud of our kids. We had some guys get banged up and they gutted it out against a very good Warner Southern team. We got down by 11 but our guys just kept making play after play to get us back in the game."

GPAC Teams In Action Today:
Concordia vs 78
(11) Mount Mercy University 88

(RV) Briar Cliff vs 100
Friends University 79

Nebraska Wesleyan at 64
Monmouth College 51

Graceland University vs 48
(RV) Hastings 78

Midland at 78
Kansas Wesleyan University 68

(7) William Penn University vs 86
(10) Northwestern 82

The Defenders will travel to Hastings, Nebraska on Wednesday, January 2 to take on the Broncos at 8:00 pm and will then play host to the Concordia Bulldogs on Saturday, January 5 at 4:00 pm in the DeWitt Gymnasium.

Dordt's Current Record: 13-3 (5-3)
Opponent's Current Record: 9-5 (0-3)

Team 1st Half 2nd Half Final
Dordt College 29 46 75
Warner Southern 37 36 73
Dordt Rebounding Leaders Total
Trevor Wolterstorff 8
Jordan Vogel 8
Shawn Keizer 4
Kyle Lindbergh 3
Team Total: 38
Opponent Rebounding Leaders Total
Victor, Ray 13
Wilhelm, Ian 5
Taylor, Kayo 4
St. Fort, Mark 4
Team Total: 35
Dordt Scoring Leaders Total
Cliff Warner 22
Trevor Wolterstorff 17
Kyle Lindbergh 9
Jordan Vogel 8
Team Total: 75
Opponent Scoring Leaders Total
St. Fort, Mark 18
Wilhelm, Ian 17
Victor, Ray 15
Kachinski, Bryce 8
Team Total: 73
Dordt Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 28/56 50%
3-Point Field Goals: 8/21 38%
Free Throws: 11/18 61%
Opponent Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 29/65 45%
3-Point Field Goals: 8/23 35%
Free Throws: 7/12 58%

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