Dordt College Men's Basketball vs. Concordia

February 9, 2013

(Seward, Nebraska) The Dordt College Defender men’s basketball team took an 84-73 win over the Concordia Bulldogs on Saturday afternoon in Seward, Nebraska. The Defenders led by 12 at halftime and withstood a few charges late in the game to win their 22nd game of the season and their 14th of the conference year.

The game was tied 10-10 with 14:25 left in the first half. The Defenders proceeded to outscore the hosts 11-4 to establish a 21-14 lead, getting the last three-points on a long three-pointer by Austin Katje with 11:21 left in the half.

Concordia trimmed the lead to six at 37-31 with 3:40 left but another run by the Defenders capped by a Trevor Wolterstorff buzzer beater put the visitors up 47-35 at halftime.

Another Wolterstorff bucket to start the second half put the Defenders up 14 and it looked like the Defenders were on their way. Concordia mustered a run, taking advantage of Dordt miscues and quick shots to run off 11 points in a row to cut the gap to 49-46 with 17:48 remaining.

“We are a veteran team and we need to work through those runs without using a timeout. Cliff hit the three-pointer to get us back on track. We are going to be faced with more difficult circumstances than that and need to get through it without calling a timeout. We need to be tougher in those situations,” said Dordt College coach Ross Douma.

A Cliff Warner three-pointer stopped the momentum and Dordt methodically pulled away to a 58-48 lead with 12:33 left in the game. Concordia got as close as seven, the last time at the 6:38 mark down 67-60. Two Jordan Vogel free throws and a Kyle Lindbergh basket later the Defenders had a double digit lead they never surrendered in winning 84-73.

Dordt was paced by Trevor Wolterstorff’s 25 points on 10-15 shooting and he also snagged nine rebounds. Cliff Warner had 15 points and four assists while Jordan Vogel had 14 points and ten rebounds. Chris Sievers had 11 points and Austin Katje ten while Kyle Lindbergh added eight.

”We got the ball in the paint and went to work,” said Douma. “Trevor is playing some of his best basketball. He’s healthy; he’s making a high rate of field goals and a high rate of free throws right now and he’s rebounding well.”

Dordt converted 29-61 shots and 6-13 three-pointers with 20-29 success from the free throw line. Dordt had a 39-29 rebounding advantage and limited Concordia to 26-55 shooting and forced 12 turnovers.

Concordia was topped by Phil Friedrich with 18 and Beau Smith chipped in with 15 points and eight rebounds.

Dordt is 22-6 overall and 14-5 in the league and will face Doane on Saturday, February 16. Concordia slips to 6-20 overall and 2-16 in conference play.

GPAC scores from today:
Morningside at 76
Briar Cliff 66

(15) Dordt at 84
Concordia 73

(RV) Dakota State University at 53
Midland 63

Dakota Wesleyan at 48
Nebraska Wesleyan 63

(5) Northwestern at 100
(18) Doane 75

(18) Doane at 8:00pm
Nebraska Wesleyan CT

GPAC Standings:
5 Northwestern 15-3/21-5
15 Dordt 14-5/22-6
18 Doane 11-7/21-7
Midland 11-7/17-10
Briar Cliff 10-8/19-9
RV Hastings 9-8/18-9
Morningside 9-9/14-14
Dakota Wesleyan 8-10/13-15
Nebraska Wesleyan 7-12/12-12
Mount Marty 3-14/7-19
Concordia 2-16/6-20

Dordt's Current Record: 22-6 (14-5)
Opponent's Current Record: 6-20 (2-16)

Team 1st Half 2nd Half Final
Dordt College 47 37 84
Concordia 35 38 73
Dordt Rebounding Leaders Total
Jordan Vogel 10
Kyle Lindbergh 9
Trevor Wolterstorff 9
Chris Sievers 4
Team Total: 39
Opponent Rebounding Leaders Total
Smith, Beau 8
Houchin, Brent 6
Thomas, Robby 3
Friedrich, Phil 3
Team Total: 29
Dordt Scoring Leaders Total
Trevor Wolterstorff 25
Cliff Warner 15
Jordan Vogel 14
Chris Sievers 11
Team Total: 84
Opponent Scoring Leaders Total
Friedrich, Phil 18
Smith, Beau 15
Haywood, Joel 11
Houchin, Brent 9
Team Total: 73
Dordt Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 29/61 48%
3-Point Field Goals: 6/13 46%
Free Throws: 20/29 69%
Opponent Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 26/55 47%
3-Point Field Goals: 7/18 39%
Free Throws: 14/19 74%

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