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Dordt College Men's Basketball vs. Northwestern

February 19, 2014

(Orange City. Iowa) The Dordt Defenders punched their ticket to the NAIA National Tournament as they knocked off the Northwestern Red Raiders 91-80 tonight in Orange City, clinching the GPAC Regular Season Championship with the victory. Dordt improves to 17-2 in conference play and 26-3 overall while Northwestern drops to 14-15 on the year and 7-12 in GPAC competition.

Dordt College led the entire first half, building as much as a 14 point lead on a Dalton Franken three-point basket with 10:15 left in the first half and the lead was still ten at 41-31 with 3:47 left in the first half. Northwestern managed to get within seven and Dordt took a nine point lead on a David Den Herder putback with less than a minute left and that held to the halftime 47-38.

The second half started with Northwestern going on a run to take the lead 50-49 with 16:36 left on a Zack Leeper three-point basket. Leeper eventually gave the Raiders a six point lead at 55-49 with 15:25 left in the game. A David Den Herder free throw ended the 17-2 Northwestern run.

Dordt eventually tied the game on a Kyle Lindbergh lay up at 59-59 with 13:12 left in the game and another Lindbergh basket made it 61-59. Dordt never trailed again. Lindbergh scored nine points in a row to push the Defenders from down 56-54 to up 63-59.

When all was said and done the Defenders had put together a 14 point run to lead 71-59 and Northwestern got no closer than nine on the way to the 91-80 win.

Dordt converted 33-69 field goals and 8-16 three-point shots and they converted 17-26 free throws. Northwestern was 32-74 from the floor and 5-22 on three-point shots and 11-18 from the charity stripe. Dordt had a slight 44-43 rebounding edge and forced 13 turnovers while committing nine.

Tyler Wolterstorff ended with 27 points on 10-16 shooting and he was 5-7 from the three-point line and scored 12 of Dordt’s first 14 points. Kyle Lindbergh had 20 points and 15 rebounds with three assists and three blocked shots. Nathan Rindels added 13 points with eight rebounds, five assists and one steal. Dalton Franken scored 12 and David Den Herder came off the bench to score nine.

Northwestern was paced by Jordan Baker with 20 points and eight rebounds and Zack Leeper added 19 points with six rebounds and four assists. Joey Habtemariam scored 12 with two assists.

"We had a really good effort from our guys tonight," commented Dordt Head Coach Ross Douma, "our hallmark all year long has been that we are going to keep fighting and that is exactly what we did tonight. Northwestern came out hard in the second half with a vengeance and we fought back with Kyle Lindbergh taking over the game during that stretch when we were trailing and he showed why he is one of the better players in the nation. Leeper hit some key shots for Northwestern to get them rolling and he has had a very good senior season for the Raiders. Tyler Wolterstorff also had a big night and proved again tonight that he probably likes competing more than he likes playing basketball, he was huge for us."

GPAC Scores from February 19:
(RV) Hastings at 62
(8) Midland 74

(4) Dordt at 91
Northwestern 80

Doane at 58
Nebraska Wesleyan 86

Briar Cliff at 91
(18) Morningside 103

Dakota Wesleyan at 87
Mount Marty 52

GPAC Standings:
Dordt 17-2/26-3
Midland 15-4/25-4
Morningside 15-4/21-8
Hastings 13-6/19-9
Dakota Wesleyan 10-10/17-13
Nebraska Wesleyan 9-10/14-10
Briar Cliff 8-11/15-14
Northwestern 7-12/14-15
Doane 6-13/13-15
Concordia 3-16/8-20
Mount Marty 2-17/4-23

The Defenders will play their final regular season game on Saturday, February 22 at 4:00 pm when they host to the Midland Warriors.

Dordt's Current Record: 26-3 (17-2)
Opponent's Current Record: 14-15 (7-12)

Team 1st Half 2nd Half Final
Dordt College 48 43 91
Northwestern 39 41 80
Dordt Rebounding Leaders Total
Kyle Lindbergh 15
Nathan Rindels 8
Austin Katje 5
Team Total: 44
Opponent Rebounding Leaders Total
Jordan Baker 8
Zack Leeper 6
Team Total: 43
Dordt Scoring Leaders Total
Tyler Wolterstorff 27
Kyle Lindbergh 20
Nathan Rindels 13
Dalton Franken 12
Team Total: 91
Opponent Scoring Leaders Total
Jordan Baker 20
Zack Leeper 19
Joey Habtemariam 12
Levi Ettleman 10
Team Total: 80
Dordt Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 33/69 48%
3-Point Field Goals: 8/16 50%
Free Throws: 17/26 65%
Opponent Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 32/74 43%
3-Point Field Goals: 5/22 23%
Free Throws: 11/18 61%

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