Dordt College Men's Basketball vs. Morningside

February 12, 2014

(Sioux Center, Iowa) The Morningside Mustangs managed to do what nobody else has been able to do for almost two years, come in to the De Witt gymnasium for a men's basketball contest and come out with a win. The Mustangs snapped a 27 game Defenders home win streak this evening, knocking off Dordt by a 103-100 final. The Defenders move to 24-3 overall and 15-2 in the GPAC with the loss while the Mustangs improve to 19-8 on the year and 13-4 in conference play. The Defenders, who are currently ranked third in the NAIA and sit on top of the GPAC missed an opportunity to secure the conference championship this evening as Hastings, who were sitting in second fell 75-70 to Nebraska Wesleyan in GPAC play tonight.

Morningside got out quickly in establishing a 18-7 lead just over six minutes into the game. Andrew Christen scored a bucket to give Morningside their first double digit lead of the game. The Mustangs extended the lead 30-15 at the 9:58 mark of the first half. Dordt was able to trim into the lead, getting the difference down to seven on several occasions and that was the difference at the halftime break.

Dordt started the second half on a 14-7 run to tie the game on a Kyle Lindbergh basket at the 15:29 mark of the game. Dordt took its first lead on an Austin Katje three-point basket at the 14:39 mark and the two teams fought to a 75-75 tie with 11:38 remaining. Over the next four minutes the Defenders went on a 16-6 run to take a 91-81 lead with 7:50 left in the game.

Dordt continued to control the game and was up 100-94 with 2:16 left, scoring a pair of points on free throws by Nathan Rindels. Dordt wouldn’t score again. Danny Rudeen missed a lay up on the ensuing possession but the Mustangs’ Kyle Nikkel was there for the putback to cut the gap to four. Dordt missed on the ensuing possession and Danny Rudeen hit a pair of free throws with 1:31 left in the game to cut the gap to 100-98. Dordt missed a three-point attempt with 1:09 left and Morningside tied ith with Andrew Christen making two free throws with :59 left in the game.

Dordt’s next possession resulted in a turnover and Morningside got a shot by Danny Rudeen to go with :07 left to give them a 102-100 lead.

After a Dordt timeout the Defenders got the ball inbounded to Dalton Franken who went up the floor and was called for a charging foul in the lane that effectively ended Dordt’s chances with :02 left. Steve O’Neill converted one of two free throws with less than a second left to seal the win 103-100.

Dordt was led by Nathan Rindels’s 26 points, six rebounds and two assists. Dalton Franken scored 21 and had five rebounds with six assists and Austin Katje scored 18 with six rebounds. Kyle Lindbergh scored nine and Bryan Sumner scored eight along with David Den Herder.

Danny Rudeen scored a game high 28 points with five rebounds and four assists. Kyle Nikkel scored 16 and had nine rebounds and Andrew Christen came off the bench to score 18 on 5-7 shooting.

Dordt converted 35-72 shots and 11-23 three-pointers with 19-26 shooting from the free throw line. Morningside was 33-66 from the field and 6-18 on three-point shots and 31-37 from the free throw stripe. Dordt had a 39-37 rebounding edge.

"We didn't come out well tonight defensively and got ourselves in an early hole but we started the second half pretty strong on the defensive side," stated Dordt Head Coach Ross Douma. "If you give up 103 points you better be awfully good on the offensive end, and we were pretty good. We had some good looks but couldn't get them to drop. Our defensive effort must be a lot better."

GPAC scores from today:
Nebraska Wesleyan at 75
(13) Hastings 70

(RV) Morningside at 103
(3) Dordt 100

(8) Midland at 82
Concordia 55

Northwestern at 85
Dakota Wesleyan 102

Mount Marty at 64
Briar Cliff 77

GPAC Standings:
(3) Dordt 15-2/24-3
(8) Midland 13-4/23-4
(13) Hastings 13-4/19-7
(RV) Morningside 13-4/19-8
Nebraska Wesleyan 8-9/13-9
Briar Cliff 8-9/15-12
Dakota Wesleyan 8-10/15-13
Northwestern 7-10/14-13
Doane 6-11/13-13
Concordia 2-16/7-20
Mount Marty 2-16/4-22

Dordt's Current Record: 24-3 (15-2)
Opponent's Current Record: 19-8 (13-4)

Team 1st Half 2nd Half Final
Dordt College 48 52 100
Morningside 55 48 103
Dordt Rebounding Leaders Total
David Den Herder 9
Austin Katje 6
Nathan Rindels 6
Dalton Franken 5
Team Total: 39
Opponent Rebounding Leaders Total
Kyle Nikkel 9
Danny Rudeen 5
Andrew Christen 4
Steve O'Neill 4
Team Total: 37
Dordt Scoring Leaders Total
Nathan Rindels 26
Dalton Franken 21
Austin Katje 18
Kyle Lindbergh 9
Team Total: 100
Opponent Scoring Leaders Total
Danny Rudeen 28
Andrew Christen 18
Kyle Nikkel 16
Tanner Miller 15
Team Total: 103
Dordt Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 35/72 49%
3-Point Field Goals: 11/23 48%
Free Throws: 19/26 73%
Opponent Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 33/66 50%
3-Point Field Goals: 6/18 33%
Free Throws: 31/37 84%

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