Dordt College Men's Basketball vs. Midland

January 12, 2013

(Sioux Center, Iowa) The Dordt College men’s basketball team overcame a nine point deficit in the second half of their January 12 date with the Midland Warriors in Great Plains Athletic Conference in Sioux Center, Iowa by a 78-69 margin. The Defenders led early but fell behind by halftime and didn’t take the lead for good until the final four minutes of the game.

The Defenders held a 10-7 lead with 12:32 left in the first half after Kyle Lindbergh made a layup for the three-point lead. Midland responded with a six point run and built the lead to 25-20 with 7:26 remaining in the first half. A basket and free throw followed by a Shawn Keizer three-point basket gave Dordt a brief lead but the Warriors pushed the lead to four at the break 37-33.

A Dordt turnover opened the first half and Midland owned the next five minutes, converting baskets on its first ten possessions of the second stanza and led 54-45 at the 14:31 mark on a three-point basket by Ben Imig. Imig scored 11 of Midland’s first 17 points of the second half as the Defenders struggled to stop the visitors from Fremont, Nebraska.

The Defenders traded a two point basket by Shawn Keizer for a free throw by the Warriors to make it 55-47. A Trevor Wolterstorff bucket and two free throws by Jordan Vogel narrowed the gap to 55-51 and after a made free throw by the Warriors, the Defenders got four straight points by Cliff Warner to narrow the score to 56-55. Dordt’s first lead of the second half came moments later when Vogel knocked down a short shot at the 5:54 mark.

Moments later Cliff Warner drained a three-pointer for a 62-60 lead but Midland came back with a two point basket of its own for a tie at 62-62. Again it was Warner unlocking the tie with a three-pointer at the 4:29 mark but Midland’s Galen Gullie was equal to the challenge with a three to tie it at the 4:09 mark.

With the two teams trading blows, the Defenders finally took control when Kyle Lindbergh made a 15-foot jumper from the left baseline at the 3:14 mark putting the Defenders up 69-67. Gullie ventured too deep on the ensuing drive, getting his shot blocked and the Defenders eventually got a Trevor Wolterstorff lay up for a 71-67 lead. The Defenders capped the run with a Chris Sievers basket at the 2:07 mark to go up 73-67. Dordt then made five out six free throws to seal the win 78-69.

"Shawn Keizer changed the tone of the game the way he defended Parrott," said Dordt College coach Ross Douma. "He didn't give him anything going to the basket. The final ten minutes we buckled down when we needed to." Dordt converted 25-54 shots for 46.33 percent and made 14-25 in the second half. Dordt attempted two three-point shots in the second half and made them both. The Defenders also converted 15-20 free throws for the contest. Midland countered with 28-61 shooting for 45.9 percent and was 7-16 for free throws for just 43.8 percent. Dordt had a 43-31 rebounding advantage and both teams had nine turnovers.

"Inside of 25 feet Midland does a great job of defending," said Douma. "Our guards were tough against a lot of pressure. They did a good job of getting the ball in to the post." Jordan Vogel led the Defenders with 15 points while Trevor Wolterstorff had 14 points and 11 rebounds. Chris Sievers converted for 13 points with six rebounds and Cliff Warner added 12 points—all in the second half. Warner also had three assists and seven rebounds in 40 minutes of play. Austin Katje added nine points and Shawn Keizer had five assists with four rebounds and five points.

James Parrot scored 15 for the visitors and had five rebounds. Ben Imig added 13 and Gullie and Jerome Vaughn were good for 12 points each.

Dordt is now 16-4 overall and 8-3 in the league. Midland falls to 11-8 overall and 6-5 in the GPAC. Dordt will travel to Mount Marty on Wednesday, January 16.

GPAC Scores
Dordt College 78, Midland University 69
Morningside College 86, Concordia University 64
Northwestern College 79, Nebraska Wesleyan University 64
Doane College 62, Mount Marty College 59

GPAC Standings
Northwestern 9-2/15-4
Dordt 8-3/16-4
Doane 8-3/18-3
Midland 6-5/11-8
Hastings 7-4/16-5
Briar Cliff 6-4/15-5
Morningside 5-6/10-11
Dakota Wesleyan 4-6/9-10
Nebraska Wesleyan 3-9/8-9
Concordia 2-9/5-12
Mount Marty 2-9/6-13

Dordt's Current Record: 16-4 (8-3)
Opponent's Current Record: 11-8 (6-5)

Team 1st Half 2nd Half Final
Dordt College 33 45 78
Midland 37 32 69
Dordt Rebounding Leaders Total
Trevor Wolterstorff 11
Cliff Warner 7
Chris Sievers 6
Kyle Lindbergh 5
Team Total: 43
Opponent Rebounding Leaders Total
Gullie, Galen 7
Parrott, James 5
Hueser, Jalen 4
Travis, Dylan 4
Team Total: 31
Dordt Scoring Leaders Total
Jordan Vogel 15
Trevor Wolterstorff 14
Chris Sievers 13
Cliff Warner 12
Team Total: 78
Opponent Scoring Leaders Total
Parrott, James 15
Imig, Ben 13
Vaughn, Jerome 12
Gullie, Galen 12
Team Total: 69
Dordt Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 25/54 46%
3-Point Field Goals: 4/10 40%
Free Throws: 24/33 73%
Opponent Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 28/61 46%
3-Point Field Goals: 6/21 29%
Free Throws: 7/16 44%

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