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Dordt College Men's Basketball vs. Morningside

January 23, 2013

(Sioux Center, Iowa) An 8-0 run to start the second half allowed the Dordt College men to turn a six point halftime lead into a 14 point advantage and the Morningside Mustangs would get no closer than eight the rest of the way as the Defenders grabbed a 89-68 GPAC win at home. Dordt College improves to 18-5 overall and 10-4 in the conference while the Mustangs fall to 11-13 this year and 6-8 in GPAC play.

Tied at 9-9, a six point run by the Defenders put them up 15-9 with 14 minutes to play in the first half and a Jordan Vogel dunk with 8:27 to play had Dordt up 23-15. Six straight for the Mustangs made it a 23-21 contest but back to back three pointers by Cliff Warner and Austin Katje followed by a Chris Sievers layup pushed the Defender lead to double digits (31-21). The Mustangs bounced back with a 10-0 run to tie the game at 31-31 with 3:07 to play in the first half. Dordt's Cliff Warner nailed a three pointer at the buzzer to give Dordt a 39-33 advantage at halftime.

Dordt opened the second half on an 8-0 run capped by a Warner three-point basket at the 16:55 mark for a 47-33 advantage. Morningside cut the gap to eight with six points in a row but the Defenders answered with five point run for a 56-41 lead. Morningside made one more charge to cut the gap to 65-57 with 8:36 left but the Defenders ripped off another 12-0 run capped by a Trevor Wolterstorff transition basket and the Defenders breezed in for the 89-68 win.

Austin Katje's 20 points topped the Defender scoring column as the sophomore hit eight of nine from the field with two of two from three point range and two of two from the free throw line while also snagging six boards. "It's just great to see all his hard work in the gym pay off on a night like tonight," said Dordt College Head Coach Ross Douma, "Austin did a nice job attacking off the dribble and hitting that pullup jumper. He definitely had some rhythm on the offensive end tonight." Cliff Warner handed a game high six assists and added 14 points and two steals. Warner hit five of ten from the floor with four of nine coming from beyond the arc. Trevor Wolterstorff added 11 points for the Defenders, hitting four of seven from the field and three of five from the stripe while also snaring six boards and dishing out 3 assists. Jordan Vogel ended the night with ten points on three of four from the field and a perfect four of four from the line too go along with three blocked shots. Shawn Keizer, on the night he was recognized for receiving the NAIA's A.O Duer Award for excellence in academics and athletics, had a team high seven rebounds to go along with nine points.

Danny Rudeen paced the Mustangs with 19 points on six of ten from the floor with three of five from three point land and four of four from the line. Seventeen of Rudeen's 19 points came in the first half as the junior guard was held scoreless from the field in the second half, picking up his lone two points from the free throw line. "Kyle Lindbergh and Trevor Wolterstorff did a good job guarding Rudeen in the second half and that enabled us to slowly pull away. We really started to assert ourselves more defensively in the second half. Vogel and Sievers also did well defensively tonight in altering shots on Morningside's drives from the perimeter," remarked Douma.

The Defenders shot 58.2% from the floor on the night, making 32 of their 55 attempts with 9 of 19 (47.4%) coming from three point range. Dordt converted 16 of 23 from the charity stripe for 69.6%.

Morningside was limited to 38.3% from the floor, hitting 23 of 60 attempts with five of 19 (26.3%) from beyond the arc and the Mustangs made 17 of their 21 tries from the line (81%).

Dordt College held a five point advantage in rebounding as the Defenders grabbed 37 boards to Morningside's 32. The Defender men committed 14 turnovers with Morningside losing the ball on 11 occasions.

GPAC Scores from today:
(RV) Briar Cliff at 77
(8) Northwestern 88

Morningside at 68
(18) Dordt 89

Midland at 67
Nebraska Wesleyan 52

Mount Marty at 54
Dakota Wesleyan 77

Concordia at 77
(12) Doane 85

GPAC Standings:
(12) Doane 11-3/21-3
(8) Northwestern 10-3/16-5
(18) Dordt 10-4/18-5
Midland 9-5/14-8
(25) Hastings 8-5/17-6
(RV) Briar Cliff 7-6/16-7
Dakota Wesleyan 6-7/11-12
Morningside 6-8/11-13
Nebraska Wesleyan 3-11/8-11
Mount Marty 3-11/7-15
Concordia 2-12/5-15

Dordt's Current Record: 18-5 (10-4)
Opponent's Current Record: 11-13 (6-8)

Team 1st Half 2nd Half Final
Dordt College 39 50 89
Morningside 33 35 68
Dordt Rebounding Leaders Total
Shawn Keizer 7
Kyle Lindbergh 6
Trevor Wolterstorff 6
Austin Katje 6
Team Total: 37
Opponent Rebounding Leaders Total
Kolbush, Jared 7
Nikkel, Kyle 6
Rudeen, Danny 5
Ferguson, Tanner 3
Team Total: 32
Dordt Scoring Leaders Total
Austin Katje 20
Cliff Warner 14
Trevor Wolterstorff 11
Jordan Vogel 10
Team Total: 89
Opponent Scoring Leaders Total
Rudeen, Danny 19
Nikkel, Kyle 16
Miller, Trent 9
Miller, Tanner 9
Team Total: 68
Dordt Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 32/55 58%
3-Point Field Goals: 9/19 47%
Free Throws: 16/23 70%
Opponent Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 23/60 38%
3-Point Field Goals: 5/19 26%
Free Throws: 17/21 81%

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