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Dordt College Men's Basketball vs. Dakota Wesleyan

February 6, 2013

(Sioux Center, Iowa) A solid defensive night for Dordt College enabled the Defenders to grab a 79-69 win over the Dakota Wesleyan Tigers in GPAC play. With the win the Defenders improve to 21-6 on the year and 13-5 in conference play while the Tigers drop to 13-14 overall and 8-9 in the GPAC. Dordt College sits in second place in the conference with two games remaining for the Defenders in the GPAC schedule.

The Defenders were able to build a six point lead when a Shawn Keizer layup had Dordt ahead 16-10. Five straight points by Bo LaCroix got the Tigers within a point with just over 11 minutes to play in the first half and the two sides were deadlocked at 21-21 with 8:33 to play. Cliff Warner and Aireus Stephenson traded three pointers to knot the score at 24-24 but Warner answered with another three followed by a Wolterstorff layup after a Lindbergh steal to put the Defenders ahead 29-24.

The Defenders were able to push the lead to 34-26 at the 4:51 mark of the half when Cliff Warner hit a three-pointer but neither team scored over the next two minutes and Wesleyan was able to cut the lead to 36-33 at halftime when Carde Pennington had a steal and basket with :38 left to close the half.

The second half had the Defenders in front the whole way,building a seven point lead on a Chris Sievers basket with 16:50 left in game, capping a six point run. An Austin Katje three-pointer at the 12:30 mark put the Defenders up by 11 and forced Wesleyan out of their zone defense. The lead was still 11 on a Trevor Wolterstorff basket with 4:06 left in the game but Wesleyan went on a seven point run to cut the gap to 69-65 with 2:21 left in the game when Kris Menning hit a three-pointer. A pair of Cliff Warner free throws put the lead at six and Wesleyan got no closer as the Defenders made 12-14 free throws over the final two minutes to seal the win.

Cliff Warner and Jordan Vogel both posted 17 points for the Defenders this evening. Vogel finished with a double double as the senior hit eight of ten from the floor and one of four from the charity stripe while also ripping down a game high 13 boards. Warner was five of fourteen from the field, dropping in four of eleven from beyond the arc and three of four from the free throw line while also dishing out a game high six assists. Trevor Wolterstorff finished with 14 points on five of ten from the floor and four of five from the line while also pulling down 8 caroms for the Defenders.

Leading all scorers was Dakota Wesleyan's Aireus Stephenson who dropped in 21 points on nine of seventeen from the field with one of five from three point range and two of three from the line. Carde Pennington was the only other Tiger in double figures with ten points on five of eight from the floor. The Tigers leading scorer, Jalen Voss, was held to just eight points by the Dordt College defense and Voss also grabbed nine rebounds.

The Defenders dominated the boards, pulling down 43 rebounds, limiting the Tigers to just 26 with Dakota Wesleyan grabbing only four offensive rebounds while Dordt pulled down 16 on the offensive glass. Dordt College committed just 11 turnovers on the night and Dakota Wesleyan gave the ball up just eight times. The Defenders had 15 assisted baskets with the Tigers getting only eight.

"We knew this would be a tough game, Dakota Wesleyan is a good team and they came in here playing some really solid basketball," noted Dordt College Head Coach Ross Douma. "We really asserted ourselves defensively and got some key stops in the the second half. We executed well against the bottom of their zone defense and Vogel was able to get some easy dunks off of that. Vogel played well in the low block and also rebounded really well. They are a very athletic team and are tough on the perimeter and we felt like we executed about as well as we could."

GPAC scores from this evening:
Briar Cliff at 72
Concordia 68

Dakota Wesleyan at 69
(15) Dordt 79

(18) Doane at 67
Midland 68

Mount Marty at 60
(5) Northwestern 84

Nebraska Wesleyan at 82
(RV) Hastings 79

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

Dordt College will travel to Seward, Nebraska on Saturday, February 9 for a 4:00 pm game with the Concordia Bulldogs.

Dordt's Current Record: 21-6 (13-5)
Opponent's Current Record: 13-14 (8-9)

Team 1st Half 2nd Half Final
Dordt College 36 43 79
Dakota Wesleyan 33 36 69
Dordt Rebounding Leaders Total
Jordan Vogel 13
Trevor Wolterstorff 8
Austin Katje 4
Cliff Warner 4
Team Total: 43
Opponent Rebounding Leaders Total
Voss, Jalen 9
Bamberg, Luke 4
LaCroix, Bo 3
Menning, Kris 2
Team Total: 26
Dordt Scoring Leaders Total
Cliff Warner 17
Jordan Vogel 17
Trevor Wolterstorff 14
Austin Katje 9
Team Total: 79
Opponent Scoring Leaders Total
Stephenson, Aireus 21
Pennington, Carde 10
LaCroix, Bo 9
Voss, Jalen 8
Team Total: 69
Dordt Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 28/60 47%
3-Point Field Goals: 7/20 35%
Free Throws: 16/23 70%
Opponent Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 29/59 49%
3-Point Field Goals: 5/16 31%
Free Throws: 6/10 60%

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