Dordt College Men's Basketball vs. Briar Cliff

February 20, 2013

(Sioux Center, Iowa)

The Dordt College Defenders advanced to the GPAC semifinals on Saturday behind a 91-76 victory over the Briar Cliff Chargers. The Defenders drained 22 straight free throw attempts and enjoyed a dominating 40-24 rebounding advantage. The Defenders will face Midland University at home on Saturday, February 23 in a semifinal match that will tip-off at 3:00 pm in the De Witt Gymnasium; Midland was an 84-60 winner over the Hasting Broncos.

Dordt College jumped out to an early 5-0 lead courtesy of a Lindbergh three and Wolterstorff jumper and pushed their advantage to 12-4 on a Cliff Warner three point basket at 16:38. The Chargers got within 14-11 on a Zach Otting three pointer and trailed 20-16 on John Engler jumper with 11:47 to play. A three point basket and a jumper by Austin Katje pushed the Dordt lead to 25-16 with 10:51 to go but the Chargers were able to cut the lead back down to five (25-20) with 9:22 remaining. A 9-0 Defender run, capped by an old-fashioned three point play by Chris Sievers, put Dordt in front 34-20 with 6:55 left and although Briar Cliff was able to get within six (37-31), the Defenders found themselves up by 10 heading to the locker room.

The second half got off to a slow start and the Defenders outscored the Chargers 8-3 over the first four minutes of the half to open up a fifteen point lead (52-37) on a pair of Chris Sievers free throws with 16:09 to play. The Chargers were able to cut the lead down to ten on two occasions and trailed 67-52 after a Taylor Murren three pointer with 10:17 left in the contest. A 14-3 run by Dordt over the next five minutes blew the game open as the Defenders led by 26 (83-57) with 5:26 left on the game clock and coasted to the fifteen point win.

Chris Sievers paced the Defenders with 23 points as the senior post player hit eight of ten from the floor and was a flawless seven of seven from the charity stripe while also pulling down six boards including four on the offensive glass. Trevor Wolterstorff added 17 points on four of ten from the floor and nine of ten from the line while ripping down eight boards. Austin Katje was five of nine from the floor with one of four from three point range and one of one from the line for an even dozen points and snared four boards. Kyle Lindbergh rounds out the double digit scorers with 11 points on three of four from the floor with one made three to go along with four of four from the stripe, eight rebounds and three assists.

The Chargers were led by Zach Otting who finished with a game high 24 points on seven of eleven from the field with four of six from beyond the arc and six of six from the line. Otting was the only player in double figures for the Chargers as the defense of Kyle Lindbergh and Shawn Keizer limited Jake Shipley to just six points and the senior guard was only able to hoist up eight field goal attempts.

"This was a very workmanlike effort for us tonight and we played a pretty solid game throughout," commented Dordt Head Coach Ross Douma. "I felt like we defended the perimeter pretty well and our defense was even better than the final score might indicate. We really controlled the boards and got to the foul line. Our guards also did a good job of rebounding well and pursued the boards hard. Chris (Sievers) had a really nice game for us and our guards fed the post quite well."

GPAC Quarterfinal Results:
#8 Dakota Wesleyan at 63
#1 Northwestern 77

#6 Hastings at 60
#3 Midland 84

#7 Briar Cliff at 76
#2 Dordt 91

#5 Morningside at 69
#4 Doane 66

GPAC Semifinal Match-ups (Saturday, February 23):
#5 Morningside at #1 Northwestern

#3 Midland at #2 Dordt at 3:00 pm

GPAC Men's Basketball Championship--Tuesday, February 26
Semifinal winners at highest remaining seed, Time TBA

Dordt's Current Record: 24-6 (0-0)
Opponent's Current Record: 19-12 (0-0)

Team 1st Half 2nd Half Final
Dordt College 44 47 91
Briar Cliff 34 42 76
Dordt Rebounding Leaders Total
Trevor Wolterstorff 8
Kyle Lindbergh 8
Chris Sievers 6
Cliff Warner 5
Team Total: 40
Opponent Rebounding Leaders Total
Collison, Michael 6
Shipley, Jake 3
Engler, John 3
Murren, Taylor 3
Team Total: 24
Dordt Scoring Leaders Total
Chris Sievers 23
Trevor Wolterstorff 17
Austin Katje 12
Kyle Lindbergh 11
Team Total: 91
Opponent Scoring Leaders Total
Otting, Zach 24
Murren, Taylor 9
Engler, John 7
Shipley, Jake 6
Team Total: 76
Dordt Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 30/54 56%
3-Point Field Goals: 6/17 35%
Free Throws: 25/27 93%
Opponent Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 26/59 44%
3-Point Field Goals: 7/22 32%
Free Throws: 17/26 65%

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