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Dordt College Men's Basketball vs. Briar Cliff

January 26, 2013

(Sioux City, Iowa) The Dordt College Defender men led wire to wire in defeating the Briar Cliff Chargers 77-58 in Great Plains Athletics Conference action held in Sioux City, Iowa this afternoon. The Defender men improve to 11-4 in conference play and 19-5 overall while the Chargers fall to 7-7 in the GPAC and 16-8 on the year and the Chargers have now lost three straight conference games while the Defenders have won three in a row.

An Austin Katje three pointer had the Defenders up 7-2 early in the contest and the Dordt advantage roamed between one and six during the opening 12 minutes of play with the Defender lead down to just two (21-19) on a Taylor Murren layup at 8:39. The Defenders went up 23-19 on a Vogel jumper and Dordt Head Coach Ross Douma called timeout. Said Douma, "We felt like the game was in limbo at this point and sensed that we had gotten a little comfortable, We simply needed to play harder and get some consecutive stops." Briar Cliff's Jake Shipley got a layup after the Dordt timeout to keep the Chargers within two but the Defenders got a three pointer from Cliff Warner and back to back layups from Jordal Vogel and Austin Katje to extend their lead to 30-21 and went to the halftime break leading 42-31.

Leading 44-35 with 16:38 to play in the second half the Defenders went on a 9-0 run that included a Chris Sievers dunk and was capped by a Cliff Warner three pointer to balloon the lead to 18 (53-35) with 13:16 remaining. Another 9-0 run from the Defenders blew the game open as they went from leading by 16 (56-40) at 9:47 to up by 25 (65-40) with 6:33 to play, with the run featuring three pointers by Cliff Warner and Austin Katje. The Chargers, who struggled offensively, making just 21 of 53 attempts, would get no closer than 19 over the final six minutes of play.

The Defenders dominated the boards, ripping down 42 rebounds, including 18 on the offensive end while holding the Charger to just 27 caroms. Briar Cliff had 12 turnovers on the afternoon with Dordt giving up the ball just 11 times.

"When we are doing things the way that we are capable of doing them, our defense will set the tone for our offense and that was the case this evening. Our guys did a good job of defending Shipley," said Douma.

Austin Katje topped the scoring column for the Defenders with 17 points on seven of thirteen from the floor with three of six from three point range to go along with four boards and two assists. Jordan Vogel dropped in 16 for Dordt on seven of thirteen from the field and two of four from the line while also grabbing six boards and three blocked shots. Cliff Warner dropped in 14 on five of eleven from the field with four of nine from three point range while also dishing out 4 assists. Trevor Wolterstorff ended with ten points on four of seven from the floor and two of four from the line while also ripping down a game high eight boards to go along with four assists and two blocks.

Taylor Murren had team high honors for the Chargers with 12 points on four of seven from the floor with two of five from three point range and two of two from the floor to go along with 3 assists and 2 steals. Michael Collison ended with eight points on four of six from the field while grabbing five boards and blocking six shots. Briar Cliff's top scorer, Jake Shipley, was held to just seven points on three of seven from the field with one of four from three point range.

Scores from around the GPAC:
(18) Dordt at 77
(RV) Briar Cliff 58

Morningside at 66
Midland 71

Dakota Wesleyan at 87
(12) Doane 83

(8) Northwestern at 90
(25) Hastings 78

Mount Marty at 38
Nebraska Wesleyan 57

GPAC Standings:
8 Northwestern 11-3/17-5
12 Doane 11-4/21-4
18 Dordt 11-4/19-5
Midland 10-5 /15-8
25 Hastings 8-6 /17-7
RV Briar Cliff 7-7/16-8
Dakota Wesleyan 7-7/12-12
Morningside 6-9 /11-14
Nebraska Wesleyan 4-11/9-11
Mount Marty 3-12/7-16
Concordia 2-12/6-15

The Defenders will travel to Orange City on Wednesday, January 30 for an 8:00 pm match up with the Northwestern Red Raiders.

Dordt's Current Record: 19-5 (11-4)
Opponent's Current Record: 16-8 (7-7)

Team 1st Half 2nd Half Final
Dordt College 42 35 77
Briar Cliff 31 27 58
Dordt Rebounding Leaders Total
Trevor Wolterstorff 8
Jordan Vogel 6
Kyle Lindbergh 4
Shawn Keizer 4
Team Total: 42
Opponent Rebounding Leaders Total
Engler, John 7
Collison, Michael 5
Otting, Zach 4
Harreld, Clay 3
Team Total: 27
Dordt Scoring Leaders Total
Austin Katje 17
Jordan Vogel 16
Cliff Warner 14
Trevor Wolterstorff 10
Team Total: 77
Opponent Scoring Leaders Total
Murren, Taylor 12
Otting, Zach 9
Collison, Michael 8
Harreld, Clay 8
Team Total: 58
Dordt Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 30/64 47%
3-Point Field Goals: 7/19 37%
Free Throws: 10/16 62%
Opponent Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 21/53 40%
3-Point Field Goals: 6/22 27%
Free Throws: 10/10 100%

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