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Dordt College Men's Basketball vs. Nebraska Wesleyan

January 11, 2014

(Sioux Center, Iowa) The Defenders held off Nebraska Wesleyan 66-57 this afternoon in a GPAC tilt in which every basket was hard earned. Points were at a premium today, as the 66 points by the Defenders is the second lowest output of the year (lost to Davenport 91-65 on November 11), while the 57 points put up by Nebraska Wesleyan also reflects the second strongest defensive performance for the Defenders as well (held Martin Luther to 56 on December 19).Dordt College remains on top of the GPAC, improving to 9-1 in the conference and 17-2 overall while the Prairiewolves have now lost three games in a row and fall to 3-6 in the conference and 8-6 on the year.

Austin Katje rainbowed in a three pointer to get the Defenders on top 3-0 and Dordt never trailed in the contest, opening up an 18-8 lead with a Dalton Franken layup with 11:55 to play. Dordt led by as many as a baker's dozen on several occasions in the first half, while Nebraska Wesleyan would get no closer than eight (26-18 and 29-21) and the Defenders enjoyed a 36-25 lead at the half. The two sides combined for just 55 shots in the first 20 minutes of action with Dordt hitting 14 of 29 while limiting Wesleyan to just 10 of 26.

Nebraska Wesleyan struck first in the second half to put the Dordt lead back in to single digits (36-27)but a Wolterstorff layup gave the Defenders and 11 point cushion (38-27)and Dordt held their biggest lead of the half, when a Bryan Sumner layup at 12:38 put the Defenders ahead by 18 (49-31). Wesleyan finally got the gap back under ten when a Jonah Bradley three pointer made it 64-55 with just 42 seconds to play and the 'Wolves ran out of time, falling by the 66-57 final.

Comments from the Coach:
"That was the best defense we've played in a long time. That game was really a grind at both ends of the court. The key to having success against Nebraska Wesleyan is limiting them to just one shot and we did a very good job at that tonight. (The Defenders held the 'Wolves to just eight offensive rebounds). We did a nice job chasing them threw screens with maybe a couple lapses in the second half that hurt us. Sumner played well for us today and Den Herder did exceptionally well and we were please with the minutes we got from Knoblauch and Terpstra as well. We've had great fan support over the Christmas break and we are very thankful for that but we are really looking forward to having our students back in the stands and our players back in class."

Dalton Franken had 13 points to top the Defenders as the freshman went six of fifteen from the floor and also grabbed five rebounds. Nathan Rindels had a dozen points and Bryan Sumner added eleven coming off the bench. Kyle Lindbergh grabbed a dozen boards and dished out 4 assist to go along with eight points.

Game high honors went to NWU's Jonah Bradley who finished with 20 points on eight of eleven from the field with four of five coming from three point range while also grabbing eight rebounds. Trevor Johnson added a dozen points and Andrew Mitteis had three assists.

Dordt pulled down 42 boards to Wesleyan's 32 and both teams had 12 turnovers. Neither team spent much time at the free-throw line as the Defenders shot 10 of 16 while the 'Wolves were just four of eight, with Trevor Johnson being the only player to shoot free throws for the visitors.

GPAC scores:
Nebraska Wesleyan at 57
(5) Dordt 66

Concordia at 56
Northwestern 60

Doane at 84
(RV) Morningside 89

Presentation College at 59
Mount Marty 70

(8) Midland vs 66
Briar Cliff 68

GPAC Standings:
(5) Dordt 9-1/17-2
(8) Midland 7-2/16-2
(17) Hastings 7-2/13-4
(RV) Morningside 7-2/12-6
Briar Cliff 6-4/13-7
Northwestern 4-5/11-8
Dakota Wesleyan 3-5/10-8
Nebraska Wesleyan 3-6/8-6
Doane 2-7/9-9
Concordia 2-9/5-13
Mount Marty 1-8/3-14

The Defenders will host the Northwestern Red Raiders on Wednesday, January 15 with tip-off scheduled for 8:00 pm. The doors at the De Witt gymnasium will open at 5:00 pm.

Dordt's Current Record: 17-2 (9-1)
Opponent's Current Record: 8-6 (3-6)

Team 1st Half 2nd Half Final
Dordt College 36 30 66
Nebraska Wesleyan 25 32 57
Dordt Rebounding Leaders Total
Kyle Lindbergh 13
Austin Katje 7
Nathan Rindels 7
Dalton Franken 5
Team Total: 42
Opponent Rebounding Leaders Total
Bradley, Jonah 8
Johnson, Trevor 5
Bardsley, Trey 4
Team Total: 32
Dordt Scoring Leaders Total
Dalton Franken 13
Nathan Rindels 12
Bryan Sumner 11
Austin Katje 9
Team Total: 66
Opponent Scoring Leaders Total
Bradley, Jonah 20
Johnson, Trevor 12
Bardsley, Trey 8
Scheitel, Trent 6
Team Total: 57
Dordt Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 25/58 43%
3-Point Field Goals: 6/14 43%
Free Throws: 10/16 62%
Opponent Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 23/58 40%
3-Point Field Goals: 7/19 37%
Free Throws: 4/8 50%

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