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Dordt College Men's Basketball vs. Midland-GPAC Semifinals

February 23, 2013

(Sioux Center, Iowa) The Dordt College Defender men's basketball team advanced to the GPAC Championship on Tuesday, February 26 as they defeated the Midland Warriors 69-68 in a semifinal match-up contested in the De Witt Gymnasium this afternoon. The Defenders will now play host to the fifth seeded Morningside Mustangs who upset the top seeded Northwestern Red Raiders by a final of 73-72; Northwestern has already secured a spot in the national tournament as the GPAC Regular Season Champion. The winner of the GPAC Finals will receive an automatic bid into the NAIA Division 2 National Tournament and Midland will now have to wait to see if they will receive an at large nod in national tournament.

"What a great college basketball game, it was a battle all the way through to the end as you watched two teams work hard to keep their seasons going," commented Dordt Head Coach Ross Douma. "They are a tough team and they execute their game plan well."

A pair of dunks by Jordan Vogel and Kyle Lindbergh helped the Defenders to an early 8-5 lead but a pair of James Parrott free throws for Midland tied the game at 11-11 with 15:27 to play. A 7-0 Dordt College run pushed the Defender lead to 18-11 and Dordt led by as many as 11 (29-18) with 7:36 to play in the opening half. An 8-2 stretch by the Warriors, capped by an old-fashioned three point play by Jerome Vaughn, made it a five point ball game (31-26) with 5:23 to play and Midland still trailed by five (33-28) with 4:31 left. A slam by Chris Sievers and three points from Trevor Wolterstorff pushed the Dordt advantage back to ten (38-28) and the Defenders held a ten point lead at the break, 40-30.

Dordt scored on the first two possessions of the second half on back to back buckets by Jordan Vogel to go up 44-30 with 19:18 left in the game. The Defenders maintained a double digit lead at 53-41 with 12:37 left in the game on a Trevor Wolterstorff basket. From there, the Warriors came charging back.

A James Parrott three-point basket made it 53-48 at the mid point of the second half. A Kyle Lindbergh basket stopped the bleeding and the Defenders went up 59-51 on a lay up by Lindbergh at the 8:09 mark. Midland scored nine of the next 11 points to cut the gap to 61-60 on a James Parrott dunk with 4:35 left. A pair of Trevor Wolterstorff free throws made it 63-60 but Jerome Vaughn got a tap in with 3:56 left and he was fouled.

Vaughn missed the free throw, his first miss in six tries and Chris Sievers converted his two free throws on the other end. After a missed free throw by Midland's Ben Imig, Sievers dunked to make it 67-62 with 3:10 left.

Parrott scored on a lay up and after a Dordt turnover Parrott got another lay up to make it 67-66 with 1:30 left.

Wolterstorff was up for the challenge as he scored off an assist by Lindbergh with 1:13 left but Parrott again had the answer as he hit a two point jumper with :54 left.

Kyle Lindbergh was fouled with :30 left but failed to convert the free throw, giving Midland one last chance to steal the win. After a timeout the Warriors inbounded and it was Parrott who took a shot with :03 left that was blocked by Wolterstorff and Galen Gullie got the rebound but didn't get another shot off. Jordan Vogel and Trevor Wolterstorff contributed 17 points apiece for the Defenders with Vogel hitting eight of nine from the floor and one of two from the line while Wolterstorff was equally efficient knocking down seven of nine from the field and three of four from the stripe. Wolterstorff also pulled down nine boards dished out three assists, picked up a steal and blocked two shots, including a potential game winning shot by James Parrott with three seconds to play.

"Wolterstorff is playing as good now as he's ever played," noted Douma. Chris Sievers added 15 points on five of six from the field and five of six from the line to go along with three caroms. Kyle Lindbergh posted a double double, scoring a dozen points and snaring 10 caroms. Lindbergh hit six of eight from the floor and handed out four assists.

"We knew that if we could get the ball down into Sievers and Vogel that those guys would come up big," added Douma. The two senior post players combined for 32 of Dordt's 69 points and the duo hit 13 of 15 from the floor.

James Parrott topped all scorers with 26 points for the Midland Warriors, knocking down 10 of 22 from the field and three of six from the free throw line while also picking up a game high five steals. Jerome Vaughn added a double double with 21 points and 10 rebounds. Vaughn hit eight of eleven from the field and five of six from the line. Ben Imig finished with 12 points on five of eleven from the field and two of three from the line.

GPAC Men's Basketball Championship Tuesday, February 26
#5 Morningside at #2 Dordt 7:00 pm

GPAC Men's Basketball Semifinals Saturday, February 23
#5 Morningside 73 at #1 Northwestern 72
#3 Midland 68 at #2 Dordt 69

GPAC Men's Basketball Quarterfinals Wednesday, February 20
#1 Northwestern College 77, #8 Dakota Wesleyan University 63
#5 Morningside College 69, #4 Doane College 66
#3 Midland University 84, #6 Hastings College 60
#2 Dordt College 91, #7 Briar Cliff University 76

Dordt College will compete for the GPAC Championship on Tuesday, February 26 at 7:00 pm when they host the Morningside Mustangs.

Dordt's Current Record: 25-6 (15-5)
Opponent's Current Record: 19-12 (0-0)

Team 1st Half 2nd Half Final
Dordt College 40 29 69
Midland-GPAC Semifinals 30 38 68
Dordt Rebounding Leaders Total
Kyle Lindbergh 10
Trevor Wolterstorff 9
Chris Sievers 3
Cliff Warner 3
Team Total: 31
Opponent Rebounding Leaders Total
Vaughn, Jerome 10
Williams, Brandon 7
Gullie, Galen 4
Parrott, James 3
Team Total: 0
Dordt Scoring Leaders Total
Jordan Vogel 17
Trevor Wolterstorff 17
Chris Sievers 15
Kyle Lindbergh 12
Team Total: 69
Opponent Scoring Leaders Total
Parrott, James 26
Vaughn, Jerome 21
Imig, Ben 12
Gullie, Galen 4
Team Total: 68
Dordt Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 29/47 62%
3-Point Field Goals: 2/11 18%
Free Throws: 9/13 69%
Opponent Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 27/62 44%
3-Point Field Goals: 3/15 20%
Free Throws: 11/19 58%

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