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Dordt College Men's Basketball vs. Hastings

February 2, 2013

(Sioux Center, Iowa) The Dordt College Defender men used a 12-0 run to start the second half to turn a six point deficit into a six point advantage and went on to pick up an important 79-76 GPAC win. The Defenders improve to 20-6 on the year and 12-5 in the conference while the Broncos fall to 18-8 for the season and 9-7 in GPAC play.

The Broncos jumped out to an early 5-0 lead and led by as many as eleven (23-12) on a Jake Hamburger three pointer at 9:42 and still had a ten point lead with 3:24 left in the half on a Brady Lollman three-point basket that made it 36-26. Over the next 3:24 Dordt would outscore Hastings 7-3 to trail 39-33 at halftime.

Dordt opened the second half with a 12-0 run and it all started with six in a row by Jordan Vogel. A Cliff Warner shot from point blank range gave the Defenders their first lead of the game. And Vogel followed up with his fourth field goal of the half at the 17:12 mark of the game. A Kyle Lindbergh tip-in ended the run at the 16:35 mark of the game for a 45-39 lead. A three-point basket by Austin Katje with 15:27 left in the game put the Defenders up 48-40 for the biggest lead of the night for Dordt.

Hastings steadily cut the lead down and took the lead with 6:33 left in the game on a Brady Lollman basket with 6:14 left to make it 58-57. The two teams wouldn’t be separated by more than two points until the final minute of play. The game was tied four times over the next five minutes, the last time at the 70-70 mark with 1:23 left. A Zach Lenagh free throw put Hastings up 71-70 but Trevor Wolterstorff answered with a bucket off an assist by Chris Sievers with 1:08 left. Dordt got a stop on the ensuing possession with Wolterstorff earning a steal. After a Dordt timeout, Cliff Warner hit his first three-pointer of the game with :32 left to give the Defenders a 75-71 lead.

A quick two point basket by the Broncos cut the gap to 75-73 with :23 left was followed by a pair of Austin Katje free throws with :19 left for a four point Dordt advantage. Dane Bacon buried a three-point basket with :13 left to cut the gap to one and after a pair of timeouts Austin Katje was fouled and made one of two free throws.

A missed layup to tie it by Hastings was cleared by Trevor Wolterstorff and he was fouled with :02 left. The senior made a free throw for a 79-76 advantage and a length of the court pass by Hastings was intercepted and Dordt had secured its 20th win of the season.

Dordt Jordan Vogel paced the Defenders with 17 points on eight of thirteen from the floor and one of four from the line while also pulling down four boards. Trevor Wolterstorff finished with 15 points on four of twelve from the field and seven of eleven from the charity stripe and also picked up three boards and had two assists. Chris Sievers hit four of six from the field and six of nine from the stripe for 14 points while also grabbing four boards and handing out 2 assists. Cliff Warner and Kyle Lindbergh each contributed 10 points with Warner hitting four of eleven from the floor with one of six from three point range and one of three from the line while Lindbergh was five of eight from the field. Lindbergh also snared six boards and had three assists and 2 steals while Warner grabbed four rebounds and handed out a game high four assists. Shawn Keizer led the Defenders in rebounding with seven to go along with five points and three assists. Austin Katje added eight for Dordt, hitting two of three from the field with one made three and was three of four from the line while also grabbing five boards.

Brady Lollman led all scorers with 20 points for the Broncos, dropping in seven of fourteen from the floor with three of four from beyond the arc and three of four from the line. Dane Bacon was the only other Bronco in double figures with 12 on four of twelve from the floor with one of six on threes and three of four from the charity stripe. Brett Wells ripped down a game high 11 boards.

The Broncos narrowly outrebounded the Defenders 35-34 with both teams yanking down 10 offensive boards. Dordt College had 14 turnovers on the afternoon while the Broncos had 13. The Defenders had 15 assisted baskets with Hastings getting credited with nine assists.

"The last three weeks we've played very well and we feel like we're better now than at any point last year," stated Dordt Head Coach Ross Douma. "We came out a little sluggish but we really asserted ourselves to start the second half and Hastings is a very good team. We felt like being down six at half was manageable and our guys just continued to make play after play when our backs were against the wall. Even though Cliff (Warner) was 0-5 on threes he's still the guy you want taking the key shot, he is the consummate gamer who makes big baskets at key junctures and that three pointer near the end was huge. We have high characters guys and we are very happy with the way our kids respond every day."

GPAC Scores from today:
(RV) Hastings at 76
(15) Dordt 79

Concordia at 55
(5) Northwestern 82

Nebraska Wesleyan at 61
Morningside 72

Briar Cliff at 64
Mount Marty 51

(RV) Midland at 6:00pm
Dakota Wesleyan CT

GPAC Standings:
5 Northwestern 13-3/19-5
15 Dordt 12-5/20-6
16 Doane 11-5/21-5
RV Midland 10-6/15-9
Briar Cliff 9-7/18-8
RV Hastings 9-7/18-8
Morningside 8-9/13-14
Dakota Wesleyan 7-8/12-13
Nebraska Wesleyan 5-12/10-12
Mount Marty 3-13/7-18
Concordia 2-14/6-18

Dordt's Current Record: 20-6 (12-5)
Opponent's Current Record: 18-8 (9-7)

Team 1st Half 2nd Half Final
Dordt College 33 46 79
Hastings 39 37 76
Dordt Rebounding Leaders Total
Shawn Keizer 7
Kyle Lindbergh 6
Austin Katje 5
Chris Sievers 4
Team Total: 34
Opponent Rebounding Leaders Total
Wells, Brett 11
Flinn, Dylan 7
Lenagh, Zach 5
Hamburger, Jake 4
Team Total: 35
Dordt Scoring Leaders Total
Jordan Vogel 17
Trevor Wolterstorff 15
Chris Sievers 14
Cliff Warner 10
Team Total: 79
Opponent Scoring Leaders Total
Lollman, Brady 20
Bacon, Dane 12
Lenagh, Zach 9
Flinn, Dylan 9
Team Total: 76
Dordt Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 28/55 51%
3-Point Field Goals: 3/11 27%
Free Throws: 20/34 59%
Opponent Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 25/58 43%
3-Point Field Goals: 8/18 44%
Free Throws: 18/27 67%

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