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Dordt College Men's Basketball vs. Midland

February 22, 2014

(Sioux Center, Iowa) Marcus Franklin exploded for 34 points helping the Midland Warriors knock off Dordt 90-77 in a GPAC game played in Sioux Center, Iowa this afternoon. The 8th ranked Warriors improve to 16-4 in the conference while 4th ranked Dordt finishes the season on top of the GPAC with a 17-3 mark, both teams end their regular season with identical 26-4 overall records.

Dordt College, the number one seed in the GPAC tournament, will play at home at 7:00 pm on Wednesday, February 26 in a GPAC quarterfinal contest against the Northwestern Red Raiders who are the 8th seed in the post-season tournament.

The Defenders opened up a 9-3 lead three minutes in to the contest on a Tyler Wolterstorff three pointer but were outscored 10-2 and trailed 13-11 after a Ben Imig three at 14:41. A Bryan Sumner layup tied the game at 13-13 but the Warriors answered with a Marcus Franklin layup to take the lead for good at 15-13. Midland was able to push the lead to 40-32 with four minutes to play in the half but the Defenders rallied with an 8-2 run to cut it to 42-40 with two minutes left but Midland knocked in the final six points of the half to take a 48-40 advantage at the half.

Midland enjoyed two twelve point leads in the first ten minutes of the second half as the Warriors led 61-49 on a Marcus Franklin three pointer and 65-53 after a Ben Imig layup. Dordt chopped the gap down to five on three different occasions and at one point had a chance to cut it down even more but a Dordt turnover was converted into a Brandon Williams dunk, stifling the Defenders’ momentum. Clinging to a six point lead (76-70) with 5:22 to play the Warriors used a 13-3 outburst over a four minute span to take a 90-73 lead after a pair of Alex Starkel free-throws with 1:33 remaining and took the final GPAC regular season contest 90-77.

“We had a good start to the game,” commented Dordt Head Coach Ross Douma, “but we ran into a very determined and talented Midland team. We had issues with early foul trouble and we know that with Austin (Katje) out we couldn’t give up 90 points and expect to win. We just didn’t get things done defensively, scoring 77 points ourselves should have been enough and we needed more of a collective effort. You can’t allow a team to shot 50% from the floor, and that certainly isn’t going to allow you to beat a top ten team in the country. Lindbergh had a very good night for us so that was nice for him on senior day. It’s disappointing the Katje couldn’t play tonight along with Lindbergh as those two seniors just mean so much to our program both on and off the court and they have showed tremendous leadership.”

Lindbergh picked up yet another double double for the Defenders as the Margate, Florida native dropped in 29 points while snaring 13 rebounds, dishing out five assists and posting three blocks and three steals. Lindbergh was nine of thirteen from the floor and 11 of 17 from the line and was instrumental in keeping Dordt within range in the middle to late stages of the second half. Dalton Franken finished with 17 points on six of fifteen from the field and five of six from the stripe. Tyler Wolterstorff was three of eight from the field, with one made three, and seven of ten from the line for 14 points. Nathan Rindels, who battled with some early foul problems, was held off the scoreboard in 24 minutes of action.

Marcus Franklin topped all scorers with 34 points on 13 of 19 shooting, hitting four of five from long range, with four of six on free-throws. Franklin also grabbed three boards, dished out five assists and had two blocks in 29 minutes of playing time. Alex Starkel added sixteen points and Ben Imig had 14.

Midland held a narrow 40 to 38 rebounding advantage and the Warriors committed just nine turnovers while Dordt had 12.

GPAC scores from February 22:
(RV) Hastings at 85
Northwestern 75

(8) Midland at 90
(4) Dordt 77

Concordia at 64
(18) Morningside 87

Doane at 76
Briar Cliff 85

Nebraska Wesleyan at 78
Mount Marty 50

GPAC Final Standings:
(4) x - Dordt 17-3/26-4
(18) Morningside 16-4/22-8
(8) Midland 16-4/26-4
(RV) Hastings 14-6/20-9
Nebraska Wesleyan 10-10/15-10
Dakota Wesleyan 10-10/17-13
Briar Cliff 9-11/16-14
Northwestern 7-13/14-16
Doane 6-14/13-16
Concordia 3-17/8-21
Mount Marty 2-18/4-24
x - Regular Season Champion and automatic bid to NAIA National Tournament

GPAC Touranment information as provided by the GPAC office:
The 2014 Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) Postseason Basketball Tournament Pairings will be announced on Saturday night (2/22) after the final regular season games are played around the league on Saturday afternoon. The eight team tournament will begin on Wednesday, February 26, with quarterfinal games at four on-campus sites around the league.

The semifinals will be played on Saturday, March 1, and GPAC Championship Tuesday is March 4, 2014.

Weeknight games will begin at 6pm and 8pm for doubleheaders, and 7pm for standalone games. Weekend games will begin at 2pm and 4pm, and 3pm for standalone games.

The 2014 NAIA Division II National Championship Tournaments are March 12-18. The women's championship will be in Sioux City, Iowa, at the Tyson Events Center and the men's championship will be in Point Lookout, Missouri, at the College of the Ozarks and Keeter Gymnasium.

The Defenders will play at home at 7:00 pm on Wednesday, February 26 in a GPAC quarterfinal contest against the Northwestern Red Raiders who are the 8th seed in the post-season tournament.

Dordt's Current Record: 26-4 (17-3)
Opponent's Current Record: 26-4 (16-4)

Team 1st Half 2nd Half Final
Dordt College 40 37 77
Midland 48 42 90
Dordt Rebounding Leaders Total
Kyle Lindbergh 13
David Den Herder 6
Dalton Franken 5
Nathan Rindels 3
Team Total: 38
Opponent Rebounding Leaders Total
Galen Gullie 9
Alex Starkel 7
Brandon Williams 5
Ben Imig 3
Team Total: 40
Dordt Scoring Leaders Total
Kyle Lindbergh 29
Dalton Franken 17
Tyler Wolterstorff 14
Bryan Sumner 8
Team Total: 77
Opponent Scoring Leaders Total
Marcus Franklin 34
Alex Starkel 16
Ben Imig 14
Avery Langford 9
Team Total: 90
Dordt Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 24/60 40%
3-Point Field Goals: 3/17 18%
Free Throws: 26/39 67%
Opponent Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 32/64 50%
3-Point Field Goals: 7/19 37%
Free Throws: 19/22 86%

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