Dordt College Men's Basketball vs. Dakota Wesleyan

December 11, 2013

(Mitchell, South Dakota) The Dordt College Defenders extended their winning streak to ten with a 92-81 win over Dakota Wesleyan this evening in a GPAC contest held in the Corn Palace in Mitchell, South Dakota. With the well-earned victory, in a game that featured 14 lead changes, the Defenders improve to 13-1 on the season and an unblemished 6-0 in GPAC play while the Tigers fall to 0-4 in the conference and 5-7 overall.

An evenly played first half featured four ties with the Defenders leading by as many as six on two separate occasions in the opening six minutes of action; a Kyle Lindbergh tip-in had the Defenders up 13-7 at 14:18. A 7-0 run by the Tigers, put DWU on top 14-13 and the two teams battled back and forth. Dordt's Bryan Sumner tied the game at 40-40 with a three pointer at 2:45 and the final basket of the half put the Tigers up 42-40 at the break.

Just 27 seconds in to the second half, the Defenders found themselves in their biggest deficit of the night (6) after a pair of threes by Trae Bergh and Luke Bamberg for the Tigers, sandwiched by a Dalton Franken jumper. But the Defenders came out of the locker room ready to roll and turned the early six point deficit (48-42) in to a 63-50 advantage on the heels of a dominating 21-2 run that was capped by an Austin Katje layup at 12:44. Dordt pushed their advantage to 22 (81-59) on a Nathan Rindels layup at 6:31 and seemed like they would cruise to their 13th win but a pair of two pointers followed by three straight from beyond the arc put the Tigers within striking distance (81-72) with 3:19 to play.

A Kyle Lindbergh layup put a halt to the thirteen point Tiger run and Dakota Wesleyan continued to trail by nine (83-74) after a pair of Trae Bergh free-throws with 2:29 to play. A three point play by Austin Katje put the Defenders back up by a dozen (86-74) and the Defenders hit all their free-throws down the stretch to preserve the win.

Dalton Franken’s hot hand helped propel the Dordt Defenders to the win as the freshman finished with 22 points on 9-11 from the floor with a perfect four for four from three point range. Austin Katje connected on seven of nine from the field, hitting three of four from beyond the arc and three for three from the charity stripe. Kyle Lindbergh ended the night with 17 points to go along with a game high 17 boards as the senior was 6 of 24 from the field and five of seven from the line. Nathan Rindels ended with twelve points, going three of four from the floor with six of six from line. On a night where Dordt struggled to score in the post, the trio of Franken, Katje and Rindels combined for 19 of 24 from the floor (75%), seven of eight from long range (87.5%) and nine of nine from the line.

Coach Ross Douma: "Our guys really asserted themselves in the second half on the offensive end and we did a nice job of jamming the arc defensively in that half as well. We got solid minutes off our bench and even though we got high percentage shots, even though we missed some buckets we should have had. Overall we played well tonight and we had a good concerted team effort to slow Voss down a little. We tried to run hard in transition to try and wear them out but we were also patient on offense and our perimeter guys moved the ball well."

Jalen Voss had a team high 20 points for the Tigers on 6 of 10 from the floor, with one made three, and seven of ten from the line while also grabbing ten boards. Trae Bergh added 14 points, Luke Bamberg had 13, Kris Menning finished with 12 and Tate Martin rounded out the double digits scorers with 11.

The Defenders enjoyed a sizable advantage on the boards, grabbing 44 rebounds while the Tigers pulled down 32. Dordt College had 13 turnovers with Wesleyan committing 12.

Dordt finished the night shooting 48.5% from the floor with a great performance from three point range as the Defenders fired in 10 of their 16 shots from distance (62.5%) while also making 18 of 22 (81.8%) of their free-throws.

Dakota Wesleyan finished with 40.3% shooting from the floor, knocking in 12 of 29 (41.4%) from beyond the arc and 19 of 24 (79.2%) from the line.

GPAC games today:
(12) Dordt at 92
Dakota Wesleyan 81

Morningside at 102
Mount Marty 77

Nebraska Wesleyan at 83
Concordia 57

GPAC Standings:
(12) Dordt 6-0/13-1
(8) Hastings 5-0/10-1
(16) Midland 5-1/10-1
(RV) Briar Cliff 4-2/8-5
Morningside 3-2/6-4
Nebraska Wesleyan 2-2/6-2
Northwestern 2-3/8-6
Doane 1-5/6-6
Concordia 1-5/3-8
Dakota Wesleyan 0-4/5-7
Mount Marty 0-5/0-9

Dordt's Current Record: 13-1 (6-0)
Opponent's Current Record: 5-7 (0-4)

Team 1st Half 2nd Half Final
Dordt College 40 52 92
Dakota Wesleyan 42 39 81
Dordt Rebounding Leaders Total
Kyle Lindbergh 17
Austin Katje 9
Nathan Rindels 8
Dalton Franken 4
Team Total: 44
Opponent Rebounding Leaders Total
Voss, Jalen 10
Miller, Jade 6
Bamberg, Luke 4
Muilenburg, Anthony 3
Team Total: 32
Dordt Scoring Leaders Total
Dalton Franken 22
Austin Katje 20
Kyle Lindbergh 17
Nathan Rindels 12
Team Total: 92
Opponent Scoring Leaders Total
Voss, Jalen 20
Bergh, Trae 14
Bamberg, Luke 13
Menning, Kris 12
Team Total: 81
Dordt Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 32/66 48%
3-Point Field Goals: 10/16 62%
Free Throws: 18/22 82%
Opponent Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 25/62 40%
3-Point Field Goals: 12/29 41%
Free Throws: 19/24 79%

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