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Dordt College Men's Basketball vs. Mount Marty

January 16, 2013

(Yankton, South Dakota) The Mount Marty Lancers upset the 12th ranked Dordt College Defender men 77-60 in a GPAC game played this evening in Yankton, SD.

Dordt started quickly, taking an 18-6 lead at the 13:06 mark of the game after the Defenders scored 10 points in a row, capping the run with a Chris Sievers basket.

Mount Marty was able to stem the momentum, fighting back to tie the game at 25-25 with 3:37 remaining and took an eight point lead at 36-28 before a Trevor Wolterstorff bucket just before the half ended made it 36-30 at halftime.

The visitors started the second half strong, tying the game at 41-41 Cliff Warner three-point basket and eventually took a 46-45 lead on a Warner free throw to cap a three-point play at the 11:45 mark. The lead lasted 17 seconds with Mount Marty scoring on a three-point basket moments later and they never trailed again, outscoring the Defenders 23-9 over the final 10:01 to take force a split of the season series.

Dordt College falls to 16-5 on the year and 8-4 in the Great Plains Athletics Conference while the Lancers improve to 3-9 in conference play and 7-13 on the year. The Dordt College loss prevented the Defenders from moving in to a possible tie for first place in the GPAC as Northwestern was dropped 98-81 by Morningside. Doane moves in to a tie for first with the Red Raiders as they topped Hastings 90-73, with both teams boasting 9-3 records. The win marks the second time this season that the Lancers have knocked off a ranked opponent as they topped Northwestern 56-54 in late November.

Dordt's Cliff Warner led all scorers with 21 points, drilling six three pointers, playing all 40 minutes for the Defenders. Warner's 21 enabled the senior point guard to join the Dordt College 1,000 point club in just two and a half seasons in the program. Warner also dished out four assists and grabbed three steals. "Cliff's contribution to our program has been tremendous," stated Dordt College Head Coach Ross Douma, "he is a great teammate and it is an impressive milestone for him to be able to reach." Trevor Wolterstorff ended with 13 points and a game high nine boards.

Mount Marty had four players finish in double figures with Jose Pena-Benjamin making seven of eight from the floor finishing with 17 points. Joe Hieb added 15 points make three of five from outside the arc. Saladin Smith contributed 14 points and grabbed a team high six boards. Chris Richardson rounded out the double digit scorers with twelve points in fourteen minutes off the bench.

"Unfortunately we just didn't do a very good job of letting our defense dictate play," added Douma. "There were times in the first half that we committed unfortunate turnovers up top that allowed them easy baskets in transition and gave them some momentum. It was an opportunity lost to crawl in to a tie with Northwestern at the top of the conference."

Scores from around the GPAC:
(RV) Briar Cliff at 66
Nebraska Wesleyan 62

(12) Dordt at 60
Mount Marty 77

Concordia at 64
Midland 91

(RV) Dakota State University at 73
Dakota Wesleyan 58

(5) Northwestern at 81
Morningside 98

(RV) Hastings at 73
(17) Doane 90

GPAC Standings:
(17) Doane 9-3/19-3
(5) Northwestern 9-3/15-5
(12) Dordt 8-4/16-5
(RV) Briar Cliff 7-4/16-5
(RV) Hastings 7-5/16-6
Midland 7-5/12-8
Morningside 6-6/11-11
Dakota Wesleyan 4-7/9-12
Nebraska Wesleyan 3-9/8-9
Mount Marty 3-9/7-13
Concordia 2-10/5-13

The Dordt College Defenders will play host to Nebraska Wesleyan on Saturday, January 19 at 4:00 pm in the De Witt Gymnasium in Sioux Center, Iowa.

Dordt's Current Record: 16-5 (8-4)
Opponent's Current Record: 7-13 (3-9)

Team 1st Half 2nd Half Final
Dordt College 30 30 60
Mount Marty 36 41 77
Dordt Rebounding Leaders Total
Trevor Wolterstorff 9
Jordan Vogel 7
Shawn Keizer 5
Kyle Lindbergh 5
Team Total: 39
Opponent Rebounding Leaders Total
Smith, Saladin 6
Larson, Jeff 5
Harms, Austin 5
Team Total: 33
Dordt Scoring Leaders Total
Cliff Warner 21
Trevor Wolterstorff 13
Kyle Lindbergh 8
Jordan Vogel 7
Team Total: 60
Opponent Scoring Leaders Total
Pena-Benjamin, Jose 17
Hieb, Joe 15
Smith, Saladin 14
Richardson, Chris 12
Team Total: 77
Dordt Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 24/63 38%
3-Point Field Goals: 6/28 21%
Free Throws: 6/12 50%
Opponent Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 28/53 53%
3-Point Field Goals: 7/16 44%
Free Throws: 14/21 67%

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