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Dordt College Men's Basketball vs. Dakota State

January 9, 2013

(Madison, South Dakota) The Dordt College Defenders dropped their first non-conference game of the season, falling to Dakota State 83-65 in Madison, South Dakota this evening (January 9, 2013). The loss was the first for Dordt College since December 8 and snaps a six game win streak. Dordt College falls to 15-4 on the season while the Trojans improve to 11-4 overall and 4-4 against GPAC opponents.

A Cliff Warner three pointer at 14:23 gave the Defenders an early 13-5 advantage but the Trojans rattled off the next ten to take a 15-13 lead with 11:24 to play in the first half. The Defenders tied the game at 15-15 but Cameron Krump gave Dakota State the lead for good when he rebounded his own miss and scored.

The Trojans built the lead to 24-19 with just over nine minutes to play and the Defenders chopped the advantage down to 24-23 on an Austin Katje basket with 7:06 remaining. Marcus Smith hit a three to put the Trojans back up by four and Dakota State was able to build their first half lead to eight (40-32).

An Austin Katje three pointer at 19:07 of the second half put the Defenders within five (42-37) but that would be as close as Dordt would get for the duration as the home side went on a 14-5 run to take a 56-42 advantage with under 15 minutes to play in the half. The Defenders were able to cut the lead down to ten (64-54) at the 7:50 mark on a pair of Vogel free throws but couldn't get it down to single digits as John Lamb nailed a three pointer on the ensuing possession. Vogel again converted on a pair of attempts from the stripe to get within eleven but Luke Lamb made two of his own to go up by a baker's dozen (69-56)and Dordt could get no closer than twelve down the stretch before falling 82-65 as the Trojans pick up the upset win over the #10 ranked Defenders.

Trevor Wolterstorff and Jordan Vogel led the Defenders with 16 points each with Wolterstorff making five of nine from the floor and six of seven from the free throw line while Vogel was four for nine from the field and eight of twelve from the charity stripe. Austin Katje ended the night with 14 points on six of 11 from the field with two of five from three point range. Vogel and Tyler Wolterstorff both yanked down six boards, with Tyler also picking up nine points while Cliff Warner had five boards, six points and two assists.

Tyrone Gordon Jr. led all players with 26 points for the Trojans on eight of eleven from the floor with one made three pointer and was three of three from the line. Terrell Newton added 15 points on four of seven from the floor with one made three point basket and was a perfect six of six from the line. John Lamb rounded out the double digit scorers with ten points on four of eight from the floor with two of five from beyond the arc.

Both teams yanked down 32 boards and handed out 14 assists on the night and Dakota State was guilty of 10 turnovers while the Defenders gave the ball up 16 times. The Trojans converted the Dordt miscues into points, picking up 18 points off turnovers while the Defenders had only five points off the Dakota State turnovers. Dakota State's bench also had a significant role as they picked up 32 points from their bench players.

"They really manhandled us in every aspect of the game," stated Dordt College Head Coach Ross Douma, "there was simply not a lot of fight in us tonight and that was disappointing to see. They are a team that does not like to get up and down the floor quickly so when they got the lead on us they just made it very tough for us to come back. Although the stats look fairly similar the thing that won't show up on the stat sheet is our lack of defensive intensity. We have a very veteran group that I am hopeful will respond well to this. We need to continue to keep getting better and better and if we defend and rebound we will do that."

GPAC Scores from today:
(10) Dordt at 65
(RV) Dakota State University 83

(RV) Hastings at 84
Concordia 75

Midland at 51
(RV) Briar Cliff 64

Dakota Wesleyan at 74
(7) Northwestern 77

Mount Marty at 66
Morningside 88

Nebraska Wesleyan at 63
(16) Doane 68

GPAC Standings (after first half of conference play):
7 Northwestern 8-2/14-4
16 Doane 7-3/17-3
10 Dordt 7-3/15-4
RV Briar Cliff 6-4/15-5
RV Hastings 6-4/15-5
Midland 6-4/11-7
Dakota Wesleyan 4-6/9-10
Morningside 4-6/9-11
Nebraska Wesleyan 3-7/8-7
Mount Marty 2-8/6-12
Concordia 2-8/5-11

The Defender men will resume Great Plains Athletic Conference action on Saturday, January 12 when they take on the Midland University Warriors at home with tip-off scheduled for 4:00 pm in the De Witt Gymnasium.

Dordt's Current Record: 15-4 (7-3)
Opponent's Current Record: 11-4 (0-0)

Team 1st Half 2nd Half Final
Dordt College 32 33 65
Dakota State 40 43 83
Dordt Rebounding Leaders Total
Jordan Vogel 6
Tyler Wolterstorff 6
Cliff Warner 5
Trevor Wolterstorff 4
Team Total: 32
Opponent Rebounding Leaders Total
Gordon, Tyrone Jr. 6
Newton, Terrell 6
Lamb, Luke 5
Vinson, Yusuf 4
Team Total: 32
Dordt Scoring Leaders Total
Jordan Vogel 16
Trevor Wolterstorff 16
Austin Katje 14
Tyler Wolterstorff 9
Team Total: 65
Opponent Scoring Leaders Total
Gordon, Tyrone Jr. 26
Newton, Terrell 15
Lamb, John 10
Smith, Marcus 7
Team Total: 83
Dordt Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 22/51 43%
3-Point Field Goals: 5/14 36%
Free Throws: 16/21 76%
Opponent Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 28/56 50%
3-Point Field Goals: 6/16 38%
Free Throws: 21/23 91%

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