Dordt College Men's Basketball vs. Northwestern

January 30, 2013

(Orange City, Iowa) The Dordt College Defender men dropped an 89-87 overtime decision to the Northwestern Red Raiders in a GPAC contest played in Orange City this evening. With the win Northwestern improves to 18-5 overall and 12-3 in the GPAC while the Defenders fall to 19-6 and 11-5 in the conference.

After an evenly played first ten minutes the Defenders fell behind 30-23 with a three-point play by Ben Miller with 8:15 left in the half. Dordt scored on a three-point shot by Austin Katje to trim the lead to four and back to back buckets by Jordan Vogel tied the game with 6:33 remaining.

Dordt led briefly at 41-40 with Vogel making a pair of free throws and the two teams were tied 45-45 at halftime after Chris Sievers got a basket off a missed shot just before the buzzer.

Dordt opened a 65-57 advantage at the 11:41 mark but Northwestern scored the next seven points over the next four minutes to take the momentum away. A basket at the 6:19 mark gave Northwestern a 71-70 lead for their first lead since the first basket of the second half.

The lead changed hands five times over the final six minutes with Northwestern holding an 80-78 lead with just under a minute left. Dordt worked the shot clock down and it was Kyle Lindbergh grabbing a rebound and putting it back with :20 left to tie it at 80-80. Northwestern’s final two shots were off the mark and the game went to overtime.

Ben Miller and Jordan Vogel exchanged baskets to tie the game at 82-82. Another Miller basket with 1:54 left gave Northwestern a lead they would never lose as Dordt’s next shot was off the mark and Miller scored his third straight field goal of the overtime for Northwestern and an 86-82 lead. Vogel got a basket with :43 left to cut the gap to 86-84 but Miller made one of two free throws with :28 left for an 87-84 advantage. Dordt had a shot to tie it with a three-pointer but the shot was off the mark and Zach Leeper got a runout lay up to seal the win. Katje hit a halfcourt shot at the buzzer for the final of 89-87.

Jordan Vogel led all scorers with 27 points as the senior forward hit 11 of 13 (84.6%) from the floor and was five of seven from the charity stripe while also grabbing five boards and blocking two shots. Austin Katje finished with 16 point on six of thirteen from the field with three of seven from beyond the arc and one of one from the line while also pulling down six caroms. Chris Sievers made six of eight from the floor and two of three from the line for 14 points and grabbed five boards. Trevor Wolterstorff hit five of ten from the floor and two of two from the stripe for 12 points to go along with five boards, two assists and a steal.

Ben Miller paced the Red Raiders with 24 points on eight of twelve from the floor and eight of thirteen from the free throw line while also snaring five boards and handing out a game high six assists. Miller had the first seven points for the Raiders during the overtime session. Daniel Van Kalsbeek added 18 points on seven of thirteen from the field with four of eight from the line. Levi Ettleman finished with 11 points on five of six from the floor with one of two from three point range.

"This was a great basketball game and I have no qualms with our effort at all," stated Dordt Head Coach Ross Douma, "they pose some difficult match ups for us. There were a couple possessions where we gave up some costly offensive rebounds. Everybody who played tonight gave maximum effort. Our guards did a great job taking care of the basketball, we played 45 minutes with only nine turnovers. "

Other GPAC scores from today:
Nebraska Wesleyan at 77
Concordia 67

(16) Doane at 78
Briar Cliff 87

Dakota Wesleyan at 86
Morningside 90

(RV) Midland at 75
(RV) Hastings 87

Dordt's Current Record: 19-6 (11-5)
Opponent's Current Record: 18-5 (12-3)

Team 1st Half 2nd Half OT 1 Final
Dordt College 45 35 7 87
Northwestern 45 35 9 89
Dordt Rebounding Leaders Total
Austin Katje 6
Kyle Lindbergh 6
Jordan Vogel 5
Trevor Wolterstorff 5
Team Total: 30
Opponent Rebounding Leaders Total
Goslinga, Stu 8
Leeper, Zach 5
Miller, Ben 5
Habtemariam, Joey 4
Team Total: 37
Dordt Scoring Leaders Total
Jordan Vogel 27
Austin Katje 16
Chris Sievers 14
Trevor Wolterstorff 12
Team Total: 87
Opponent Scoring Leaders Total
Miller, Ben 24
Van Kalsbeek, Daniel 18
Ettleman, Levi 11
Leeper, Zach 9
Team Total: 89
Dordt Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 33/68 49%
3-Point Field Goals: 6/21 29%
Free Throws: 15/18 83%
Opponent Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 36/60 60%
3-Point Field Goals: 2/4 50%
Free Throws: 15/28 54%

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