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Dordt College Men's Basketball vs. Dakota Wesleyan

February 5, 2014

(Sioux Center, Iowa) When you are the #3 ranked team in the country you have to be prepared for your opponent to bring their best effort. Dakota Wesleyan brought their best effort and held a 60-54 halftime advantage but the Defenders, with help from a boisterous crowd in the De Witt gymnasium, rallied to win 100-90 in a home GPAC contest this evening. The Defenders have now won eight in a row and 27 straight at home to improve to 24-2 overall and 15-1 in GPAC play. The Tigers drop to 13-13 on the year and 6-10 in conference play.

“You have to give Dakota Wesleyan a lot of credit for their performance tonight,” stated Dordt Head Coach Ross Douma, “they shot the lights out and really played a great game. The longer that they enjoyed the lead the more confident they got and made it difficult. Fortunately once we were able to take the lead we were able to open the lead up rather quickly. “

“We really appreciate this crowd at the De Witt, both the adult section and the student section gave us a good lift tonight and this is a great place to play college basketball and we definitely do not take it for granted.”

Dakota Wesleyan opened up an early 5-0 lead behind a Kris Menning three pointer and a Tate Martin layup and four straight point from Nathan Rindels had the Defenders back within a point. The Defenders’ biggest lead of the first half came with 14:18 to play after a pair of Tyler Wolterstorff free-throws put Dordt up 16-12. The two teams were knotted at 18-18 and again at 23-23 and Dordt took a two point lead after Dalton Franken hit a pair from the charity stripe with 11:46 left. Eight straight points by the Tigers, including threes from Menning and Miller put the visitors on top 31-25 with 10:48 to play. The Defenders were able to get within two on several occasions but could not manage to regain the lead against the hot shooting Tigers. Trailing by just three (51-48) after a three point play from Tyler Wolterstorff , the Defenders gave up six straight points, giving Dakota Wesleyan a 57-48 advantage with 2:16 to play. Layups from Franken and Rindels had Dordt down by just five (57-52) but another Kris Menning three pointer pushed the lead to 60-52. A Wolterstorff layup with six seconds remaining in the half had the Defenders trailing 60-54 after the high scoring first half of action.

A Trae Bergh free-throw to start the second half scoring put the score at 61-54 but the Defenders ran off seven straight points to tie the game at 61-61 with 16:53 remaining in the contest; the pesky Tigers wouldn’t be denied and rallied with six straight of their own to take a 67-61 advantage after a pair of made free-throws at 13:51. An Austin Katje three pointer cut the gap in half and a Nathan Rindels three point play tied the game at 67-67. Four in a row from Wesleyan made it 71-67 and Katje again replied with a three pointer to make it 71-70 at the 10:52 mark. At 8:56 the Defenders took back the lead (74-73) after an Austin Katje layup and went up 75-73 on a Lindbergh free-throw but the lead would be short lived as Menning nailed yet another three pointer to put Wesleyan back on top 76-75.

Still trailing by a point at 78-77, the Defenders raced out to a ten point lead (88-78) after an 11-0 run and that took the wind of Wesleyan’s sails and the visitors would get no closer than seven down the stretch. During the 11 point run the Defenders’ David Den Herder came up big, drawing a pair of charges and scoring twice.

Nathan Rindels topped Dordt with 23 points as the sophomore hit seven of eleven from the floor and nine of eleven from the line and also dished out four assists, grabbed seven boards and picked up a steal. Austin Katje and Kyle Lindbergh both had 20 point nights with Katje ticking the twine four times from behind the arc on seven attempts while Lindbergh ripped down a game-high 11 boards. Tyler Wolterstorff added 16 point and Dalton Franken had 12. David Den Herder finished with six points and 11 rebounds.

Kris Menning had a huge night for the Tigers, leading all scorers with 36 points, hitting 11 of 17 from the floor with and impressive six of eight from long range and eight of nine from the charity stripe. Jade Miller and Trae Bergh each contributed 13 points and Jalen Voss had ten. Bergh also led the team in rebounds and assists, with seven and eight respectively.

The Defenders dominated the boards, snaring 46 rebounds while the Tigers pulled down 34. Both teams took care of the basketball with the Defenders committing 10 turnovers with Wesleyan losing the ball just eight times. The two teams combined to shoot 73 free-throws with Dordt hitting 33 of 46 (71.7%) while Dakota Wesleyan went 23 for 27 (85.2%)

GPAC scores from tonight:
Grace University at 56
(7) Midland 95

(15) Hastings at 74
Doane 64

Dakota Wesleyan at 90
(3) Dordt 100

Concordia at 70
Nebraska Wesleyan 76

Mount Marty at 49
(RV) Morningside 73

Briar Cliff at 63
Northwestern 67

GPAC Standings:
(3) Dordt 15-1/24-2
(7) Midland 12-3/22-3
(15) Hastings 12-3/18-6
(RV) Morningside 11-4/17-8
Briar Cliff 7-8/14-11
Northwestern 7-8/14-11
Nebraska Wesleyan 6-9/11-9
Dakota Wesleyan 6-10/13-13
Doane 5-11/12-13
Concordia 2-14/7-18
Mount Marty 2-14/4-20

The Defenders will have a week off before returning to the hardwood on Wednesday, February 12 when they play host to the Morningside Mustangs in an 8:00 pm GPAC contest.

Dordt's Current Record: 24-2 (15-1)
Opponent's Current Record: 13-13 (6-10)

Team 1st Half 2nd Half Final
Dordt College 54 46 100
Dakota Wesleyan 60 30 90
Dordt Rebounding Leaders Total
David Den Herder 11
Kyle Lindbergh 11
Nathan Rindels 7
Austin Katje 6
Team Total: 46
Opponent Rebounding Leaders Total
Trae Bergh 7
Sawyer Gibson 5
Kris Menning 5
Luke Bamberg 5
Team Total: 34
Dordt Scoring Leaders Total
Nathan Rindels 23
Kyle Lindbergh 20
Austin Katje 20
Tyler Wolterstorff 16
Team Total: 100
Opponent Scoring Leaders Total
Kris Menning 36
Jade Miller 13
Trae Bergh 13
Jalen Voss 10
Team Total: 90
Dordt Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 31/62 50%
3-Point Field Goals: 5/9 56%
Free Throws: 33/46 72%
Opponent Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 28/68 41%
3-Point Field Goals: 11/26 42%
Free Throws: 23/27 85%

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