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Dordt College Men's Basketball vs. Concordia

January 5, 2013

(Sioux Center, Iowa) The Dordt College Defender men picked up a 79-66 win over the Concordia Bulldogs to end the first half of their conference schedule with a 7-3 record in the GPAC and 15-3 overall.

The first half of play cruised by rapidly as both teams combined for a total of seven fouls with Dordt committing only two personals and the Defenders only took six free throws, making two, while Concordia was 1-2 from the charity stripe. "That may have been the fastest first half of play I can remember," said Dordt Head Coach Ross Douma, "neither team seemed to really want to grind and play defense. We were certainly soft on that end of the court and allowed them easy post entry passes. We did play fairly well on the offensive end."

Dordt jumped out to an early 6-2 lead and an Austin Katje three pointer at 16:09 put the Defenders back up by two (11-9) after trailing by a point on a Brent Houchin layup. An 8-1 run by the Bulldogs put the visitors up 17-12 with 13:25 to go and they continued to hold on to a 5 point lead (22-17) on a Beau Smith 3 pointer with 11:42 to play. A layup by Jordan Vogel folled by a Cliff Warner trey made it 22-22. The teams were knotted again at 26, 29 and a Porter Birtell free throw broke a 33-33 deadlock. A Chris Sievers dunk put the Defenders back up a point and the teams exchanged baskets down the stretch to give Dordt College a 37-36 half-time advantage.

The Bulldogs scored the first 6 points of the second half to take a 42-37 lead at 18:18 and the Defenders responded with a Cliff Warner 3 pointer followed by a Trevor Wolterstorff tip-in to tie the game at 42-42 and the teams were again deadlocked at 44-44. The Defenders ratted off the next 6 points with a Tyler Wolterstorff layup putting Dordt up 50-44 at the 14:10 mark. Concordia's Joel Haywood got followed on a three point attempt and hit all three free throws to make it 50-47. Another 6-0 Defender run, capped by an Austin Katje jumper at 10:44, gave Dordt a nine point (56-47).

A Joel Haywood three-pointer cut the Dordt College advantage down to 57-52 but Shawn Keizer matched the three, followed by a Chris Sievers layup to give the Defenders a double digit lead at 62-52. With 4:37 left on the game clock the Bulldogs were still within striking distance, trailing 69-60. Yet another 6-0 Defender run made it 75-60 and put the game out of reach with Dordt extending the lead to as many as 17 before taking the 79-66 win.

"We really got some good minutes from Shawn Keizer off the bench, he played well on both end of the floor and he really gave us a good lift when we needed it. Jordan Vogel and Chris Sievers were able to get deep position and we were really able to own the foul line, making more free throws than Concordia took, and that is something we are trying to do on a regular basis," said Douma. "Trevor Wolterstorff and Cliff Warner both had a very good week for us playing well here tonight and also in a quality win over a good Hastings team on Wednesday."

Trevor Wolterstorff ended the night with a game high 20 points on 6-9 from the floor and 8-11 from the free throw line while also grabbing 6 boards and handing out two assists. Cliff Warner had 17 points on 5-12 from the field with all five coming from three point range and was 2-2 from the line and contributed four assists. Jordan Vogel had 16 points on 7-10 from the field and 2-2 from the line with four boards and three blocked shots. Chris Sievers ended with twelve points on 5-6 from the field and 2-2 from the line with four boards, a block and an assist. Shawn Keizer had a team high seven rebounds and had four points, three assists and a steal.

For the contest, Concordia had four players with double figures in scoring, led by Joel Haywood's 15 point on 4-8 from the floor with two made threes and a flawless 5-5 from the free throw line. Beau Smith and Porter Birtell each finished a point shy of a dozen with Smith shooting 4-12 from the floor and 2-2 from the line while Birtell was 5-9 from the floor and 1-4 from the stripe.

Dordt College outrebounded Concordia 32-26 and the visitors committed just 10 turnovers while the Defenders had 14. The Defenders ended the contest make 16-22 free throws (72.7%) while sending Concordia to the line just 13 times where they made 8 for 61.5%

Other GPAC scores from today:
Nebraska Wesleyan at (2OT) 97
Dakota Wesleyan 103

Concordia at 66
(13) Dordt 79

(8) Doane at 69
(10) Northwestern 96

(RV) Hastings at 87
Mount Marty 62

Morningside vs 66
(RV) Briar Cliff 71br> CNOS Foundation Classic (Tyson Event Center)

GPAC Standings:
10 Northwestern 7-2/13-4
13 Dordt 7-3/15-3
8 Doane 6-3/16-3
Midland 6-3/11-5
RV Briar Cliff 5-4/14-5
RV Hastings 5-4/14-5
Dakota Wesleyan 4-5/9-9
Nebraska Wesleyan 3-6/8-6
Morningside 3-6/8-11
Mount Marty 2-7/6-11
Concordia 2-7/5-10

The Defender men's basketball team will travel to Dakota State on Wednesday, January 9 for a 7:30 pm non-conference contest.

Dordt's Current Record: 15-3 (7-3)
Opponent's Current Record: 5-10 (2-7)

Team 1st Half 2nd Half Final
Dordt College 37 42 79
Concordia 36 30 66
Dordt Rebounding Leaders Total
Shawn Keizer 7
Trevor Wolterstorff 6
Kyle Lindbergh 5
Chris Sievers 4
Team Total: 32
Opponent Rebounding Leaders Total
Birtell, Porter 7
Houchin, Brent 3
Smith, Beau 3
Haywood, Joel 3
Team Total: 26
Dordt Scoring Leaders Total
Trevor Wolterstorff 20
Cliff Warner 17
Jordan Vogel 16
Chris Sievers 12
Team Total: 79
Opponent Scoring Leaders Total
Haywood, Joel 15
Birtell, Porter 11
Smith, Beau 11
Dunbar, Charles 10
Team Total: 66
Dordt Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 28/47 60%
3-Point Field Goals: 7/17 41%
Free Throws: 16/22 73%
Opponent Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 27/59 46%
3-Point Field Goals: 4/13 31%
Free Throws: 8/13 62%

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