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Dordt College Men's Basketball vs. Nebraska Wesleyan

January 19, 2013

(Sioux Center, Iowa) The Dordt College men's basketball team used a dominating second half performance to turn a six point halftime lead into a 97-68 blow-out win over Nebraska Wesleyan in GPAC play this afternoon. The Defenders outscored the 'Wolves 20-4 in first 5 minutes of the second half to take a 66-44 lead on a Cliff Warner three pointer at 15:08 and the visitors would get no closer than 20 for the duration of the ball game. The win avenges a two point overtime loss that the Defenders suffered at the hands of Nebraska Wesleyan in early December. The Defender men improve to 9-4 in the conference and 17-5 overall with the victory while the Prairie Wolves fall to 3-10 in conference and 8-10 on the season. The Defenders now sit in third place behind Doane (10-3)and Northwestern (9-3). The Doane Tigers picked up a narrow 68-66 win over Morningside today while the Red Raiders were idle.

Early in the first half Dordt College was unable to pull away from the Prairie Wolves and the Defenders held on to a narrow 15-13 advantage with six minutes gone in the game. An 11-4 Defender run capped by a Chris Sievers jumper put Dordt up 26-17 and the Defenders enjoyed eleven point leads on three separate occasions but the 'Wolves picked up the final five points of the half to go in to the locker room trailing the 12th ranked Defenders 46-40.

Nebraska Wesleyan shot 61.5% in the first half and Eric Jackson led all scorers with 13 points. Dordt College shot 55.9% in the first half but absolutely dominated the boards, yanking down 22 rebounds, including 11 on the offensive end, while Nebraska Wesleyan grabbed just seven.

Cliff Warner drained a three pointer to start the second half scoring and ignited the Defenders who outscored Nebraska Wesleyan 20-4 in the opening five minutes of the half and held the 'Wolves without a field goal for almost nine minutes. The second half featured a pair of Kyle Lindbergh dunks off of pinpoint passes from Cliff Warner. Dordt's defense was relentless in the second half as they allowed only 28 second half points, forcing the 'Wolves to shoot just 9 of 31(29%), and the Defenders held Eric Jackson scoreless in the final 20 minutes of play. Dordt's second half from the floor was identical to Nebraska Wesleyan's first half as the Defenders hit 16 of 26 for 61.5%.

Cliff Warner led all players with 18 points on six of ten from the floor, with five of nine coming from downtown and Warner was one of two from the stripe and had two assists and two steals. Chris Sievers contributed 17 points on eight of twelve from the floor and one of two from the line and the senior forward also snared eight boards. Trevor Wolterstorff added 16 points on five of eight shooting and a perfect six of six from the line while also pulling down eight caroms. Jordan Vogel finished with ten points on three of four from the field with four of five makes at the line. Kyle Lindbergh led all players with 12 rebounds and dished out a game high five assists, including an assist on a Warner three pointer to return the favor of Warner's assists on the Lindbergh flushes.

Trent Scheitel and Eric Jackson both finished with a 13 points for Nebraska Wesleyan, with Jackson shooting five of eleven from the floor with one of five from three point range and two of two from the line. Scheitel was six of eight from the field and one of two from the stripe. Trey Bardsley and Trevor Johnson both ended with 11 points with Johnson going three of five from the floor and five of five from the stripe while Bardsley hit four of seven from the floor with three of four coming from three point range. Travis Giesselmann had a team high four rebounds.

Dordt College owned the boards all night long as they pulled down 45 rebounds, with 14 on the offensive glass while limiting the 'Wolves to just 22 rebounds on the night. Both teams ended the game with 11 turnovers. The Defenders had 16 assisted baskets while Nebraska Wesleyan had nine. "We really asserted ourselves defensively in the second half," stated Dordt Head Coach Ross Douma, "our guys did a really good job shutting down Jackson and it was a great second half for us."

GPAC Scores from today:
Nebraska Wesleyan at 68
(12) Dordt 97

Midland at 78
Mount Marty 56

(17) Doane at 68
Morningside 66

(RV) Hastings at 82
(RV) Briar Cliff 74

Sunday, Jan 20
Concordia at 4:00pm
Dakota Wesleyan

GPAC Standings after Saturday, January 19:
17 Doane 10-3/20-3
5 Northwestern 9-3/15-5
12 Dordt 9-4/17-5
RV Hastings 8-5/17-6
Midland 8-5/13-8
RV Briar Cliff 7-5/16-6
Morningside 6-7/11-12
Dakota Wesleyan 4-7/9-12
Nebraska Wesleyan 3-10/8-10
Mount Marty 3-10/7-14
Concordia 2-10/5-13

Morningside is up next on the Dordt College men's basketball schedule as the Mustangs travel to Sioux Center on Wednesday, January 23 for a Great Plains Athletic Conference contest scheduled for an 8 pm tip-off.

Dordt's Current Record: 17-5 (9-4)
Opponent's Current Record: 8-10 (3-10)

Team 1st Half 2nd Half Final
Dordt College 46 51 97
Nebraska Wesleyan 40 28 68
Dordt Rebounding Leaders Total
Kyle Lindbergh 12
Chris Sievers 8
Trevor Wolterstorff 8
Shawn Keizer 5
Team Total: 45
Opponent Rebounding Leaders Total
Giesselmann, Travis 4
Bradley, Joseph 3
Karemae, Sass 2
Scheitel, Trent 2
Team Total: 22
Dordt Scoring Leaders Total
Cliff Warner 18
Chris Sievers 17
Trevor Wolterstorff 16
Jordan Vogel 10
Team Total: 97
Opponent Scoring Leaders Total
Scheitel, Trent 13
Jackson, Eric 13
Bardsley, Trey 11
Johnson, Trevor 11
Team Total: 68
Dordt Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 35/60 58%
3-Point Field Goals: 8/20 40%
Free Throws: 19/24 79%
Opponent Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 25/57 44%
3-Point Field Goals: 5/15 33%
Free Throws: 13/19 68%

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