Dordt College Men's Basketball vs. Briar Cliff

December 4, 2013

(Sioux Center, Iowa) An 8-0 run to start the overtime session propelled the Dordt College Defenders to a thrilling 104-97 win over the Briar Cliff Chargers in tightly contested GPAC game this evening. The Defenders have now won eight straight contests and improve to 4-0 in the GPAC and 11-1 on the season while the Chargers drop their first conference game and are now 4-1 in GPAC play and 8-4 overall. The Defenders now sit in a tie with Hastings at the top of the GPAC standings.

In a game that needed five bonus minutes for a winner to be decided, neither team created much breathing room in the contest as the visiting Chargers led by as many as six on three separate occasions before taking their biggest lead of the game(8 points) on a Matt Berg layup with 8:04 to play in the first half, putting Briar Cliff on top 29-21. A 19-8 response from the Defenders found Dordt leading 40-37, on a Kyle Lindbergh layup, with under three minutes to play in the half. The teams battled on and were tied at 40-40, 43-43, 45-45 and 47-47 before a pair of late free throws by Briar Cliff’s Ricky Williams put the Chargers up 49-47 at the break.

Both teams had enjoy strong offensive performances in the first half with the Chargers hitting 18 of 36 from the floor, three of six from behind the arc and a perfect ten for ten from the charity stripe while the Defenders knocked down 17 of 28 (60.7%) from the floor.

Kyle Lindbergh scored on a tip in less than 30 seconds in to the second half for the sixth tie (49-49) of the ball game and the second half featured nine ties altogether. The biggest advantage either team was able to open up in the second half was five points as the Chargers led 58-33 and again at 60-55 with 15:20 to play while the Defenders led 81-76 on a pair of Dalton Franken free throws at 4:34 and 83-78 on a Nathan Rindels jumper with 3:48 to play. Trailing by five the Chargers' Ricky Williams banged home a three pointer to cut the score to 83-81 but Dalton Franken, who was fantastic in the second half, hit a jumper to push Dordt ahead 85-81 with 3:17 left. Ricky Williams picked up four straight points on a layup at 2:48 and a pair of free throws at 2:18 to knot the game at 85-85. Nathan Rindels tipped in a David Den Herder miss to put the Defenders up 87-85 with 1:47 remaining and a Zach Otting jumper at 1:29 tied the game at 87-87. Neither team was able to score over the final 90 seconds and a desperation shot by Dordt's Bryan Sumner at the end of regulation missed it's mark to send the second game of the night into overtime.

Dordt got four lay-ups from four different players (Lindbergh, Rindels, Franken and Den Herder) to open up the second half scoring and led 95-87 two minutes into the extra session. A made free throw by the Chargers made it a seven point game but a pair of Rindels free throws at 1:41 and again at 1:20 pushed the Defender advantage to 11 (99-88). A three pointer by Briar Cliff's Bryan Forbes, followed by an Austin Pohlen layup made the Charger deficit just six (99-93) with 54 seconds to play. Austin Katje went two for two from the line to give Dordt an eight point cushion and a Shane Graves layup with 37 seconds to play made it a six point game again. With 27 seconds left, Katje calmly buried two more from the charity stripe and another Pohlen layup made it 103-97 with 20 seconds to play and Franken hit one final free throw, his 24th point of the night, for the 104-97 final.

Dordt Head Coach Ross Douma: "This game felt like we were always playing uphill until we got to the overtime. It was encouraging that on a night when we maybe didn't play real well, we were able to play very tough. Obviously Dalten had a great second half and kept us in the game which showed some toughness as well after a difficult first half and our seniors really willed us forward in this contest, so there were lots of points of growth. Our toughness and character helped us a great deal tonight and we also really shot free throws well down the stretch." Dordt made nine of ten free throws during the overtime.

Dordt freshman Dalton Franken led the Defenders with 24 points, shooting seven of 19 from the floor and 10 of 13 from the charity stripe while pulling down five boards and dishing out a team high five assists. Nathan Rindels hit seven of ten from the floor and seven of seven from the line for 21 points and grabbed 11 boards for the double double. The sophomore guard also dished out three assists and two steals in 41 minutes of action. Austin Katje and Tyler Wolterstorff each had 14 points and Kyle Lindbergh added 12.

Briar Cliff's Ricky Williams led all scorers with 28 points, after coming in to the contest averaging around five points per outing. Williams was nine of seventeen from the field and nine of ten from the line while also grabbing a team high eight rebounds. Zach Otting added 20 point, Shane Graves contributed 11 and Austin Homan had 10.

Both teams pulled down 41 rebounds with Briar Cliff grabbing 19 on the offensive end and 22 on the defensive side while the Defenders snared 14 offensive boards with 27 defensive. Each team also had 15 turnovers on the night and Dordt had 16 assisted baskets while the Chargers had nine.

Other GPAC results from December 4:
Concordia at 86
Doane 81

(16) Midland at 64
Nebraska Wesleyan 50

Dakota Wesleyan at Ppd.
(RV) Morningside

Mount Marty at 64
(15) Northwestern 87

GPAC Standings:
Dordt 4-0/11-1
23 Hastings 4-0/9-1
8 Midland 4-1/9-1
Briar Cliff 4-1/8-4
RV Morningside 2-2/4-4
Nebraska Wesleyan 1-1/5-1
15 Northwestern 1-3/7-6
Concordia 1-3/3-6
Dakota Wesleyan 0-2/5-5
Mount Marty 0-3/0-7
Doane 0-5/5-6

The Defenders will travel to Seward, Nebraska on Saturday, December 7 for a 4:00 pm GPAC contest with the Concordia Bulldogs.

Dordt's Current Record: 11-1 (4-0)
Opponent's Current Record: 8-4 (4-1)

Team 1st Half 2nd Half OT 1 Final
Dordt College 47 40 17 104
Briar Cliff 49 38 10 97
Dordt Rebounding Leaders Total
Nathan Rindels 11
Tyler Wolterstorff 9
Kyle Lindbergh 7
Dalton Franken 5
Team Total: 41
Opponent Rebounding Leaders Total
Williams, Ricky 8
Homan, Austin 6
Otting, Zach 6
Graves, Shane 3
Team Total: 41
Dordt Scoring Leaders Total
Dalton Franken 24
Nathan Rindels 21
David Den Herder 16
Austin Katje 14
Team Total: 104
Opponent Scoring Leaders Total
Williams, Ricky 28
Otting, Zach 20
Graves, Shane 11
Homan, Austin 10
Team Total: 97
Dordt Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 35/71 49%
3-Point Field Goals: 3/15 20%
Free Throws: 31/38 82%
Opponent Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 33/77 43%
3-Point Field Goals: 5/16 31%
Free Throws: 26/32 81%

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