Dordt College Men's Basketball vs. Northwestern-GPAC Quarterfinals

February 26, 2014

(Sioux Center, Iowa) As only befitting a GPAC post-season rivalry game, the visiting Red Raiders pushed top-seeded Dordt College to overtime before the Defenders were able to knock off Northwestern 105-100 in a quarterfinal match-up. The Defenders had three different players with more than twenty points as Dalton Franken and Kyle Lindbergh each posted double doubles with Franken leading Dordt with 25 points to go along with ten rebounds. Kyle Lindbergh had 22 points and 15 boards and Nathan Rindels added 23 points, five rebounds and five assists in a game high 41 minutes of action. Dordt College will advance to the semi-finals on Saturday, March 1 when they will host the Hastings Broncos who narrowly advanced with a 73-69 win over Nebraska Wesleyan. The Defenders improve to 27-4 on the season while the Red Raider season comes to a close with an overall mark of 14-17.

"I'm just glad we get to play again on Saturday," noted Dordt Head Coach Ross Douma in his post-game comments, "we really showed composure and poise in this very tight game. I thought we were the better team in the first ten minutes of the game and they were the better team in the second ten minutes and that's why it was just a two point game at half. It was just a good hard-fought GPAC game tonight. Sumner came up with some huge three pointers for us and Rindels decision making late in the game was very good. “

Four Dordt players finished in double figures with Franken leading with 25 points on eight of sixteen from the field and nine of eleven from the line. Rindels added 23 on six of fifteen from the field and 11 of 12 from the charity stripe; Lindbergh dropped in 22 on six of eleven shooting with ten of sixteen from the free-throw line. Tyler Wolterstorff added 19 points on seven of twelve from the field with one of four from three point range and four of ten from the line. Lindbergh ripped down 15 boards, Franken snared 10, Wolterstorff grabbed eight and Den Herder and Rindels had five each.

Northwestern picked up a game-high 27 points from Zack Leeper as the senior hit nine of sixteen from the floor with two of seven from long range and was seven of eight from the line. Levi Ettleman contributed 21 points on eight of fifteen from the field with two of six from three point range and three of five the stripe while also grabbing eight boards. Jordan Baker added a double double with 17 points and 16 caroms, hitting six of sixteen from the field and five of nine from the line. Joey Habtemariam rounds out the double digit scorers with 13 points on four of ten shooting with one of five from three point range and four of four from the line.

Tied at 7-7, the Defenders went on an 11-2 run to take a nine point lead (18-9) on an Alex Terpstra three pointer with 13:03 to play. Dordt pushed the lead to as many as 15 (39-24) in the first half and still enjoyed a ten point lead (46-36) with just under three minutes left in the first half. Northwestern outscored Dordt 11-3 over the final minutes of the half with the Defenders leading 49-47 after the first twenty minutes of play.

The second half had the two teams knotted on ten different occasions and the county rivals were deadlocked at 78-78 with 5:38 to play. The Defenders proceeded to go on a 10-3 run capped by a big three pointer by Bryan Sumner to go up 88-81 with 2:34 to play. Back to back three pointers from the Raiders’ Levi Ettleman and Elijah Ihnen made it a one point ball game (88-87) with 1:31 and a made free-throw by Kyle Lindbergh with 16 seconds left made it 89-87. Elijah Ihnen missed a three pointer with ten seconds to play that would have put the Raiders on top but the Defenders couldn’t secure the rebound. Joey Habtemariam grabbed the miss and was fouled as he drove to the hoop with two seconds left on the clock. Habtemariam calmly knocked in both free-throws to tie the game at 89-89. The Defenders were unable to get off a shot in the final seconds setting up the bonus action.

In overtime the teams found themselves deadlocked at 91-91, 93-93 and again at 96-96. A made free-throw by Levi Ettleman gave the Raiders a very brief one point advantage (97-96) with 2:18 to play but Nathan Rindel's gave the Defenders the lead for good with an old-fashioned three point play, putting Dordt on top 99-97 with 2:07 to go. A Lindbergh layup pushed the gap to four for the Defenders (101-97) with 1:18 on the clock which was answered by a Zack Leeper layup at 1:05 to cut the lead to two (101-99). A pair of Dalton Franken free-throws with 16 seconds remaining made it 103-99 and with 12 seconds to play the Raider's Elijah Ihnen could only manage one of two from the free-throw line, making it 103-100. Nathan Rindels dropped in a pair from the charity stripe with 11 seconds left to secure the overtime win, sending the Defenders to the GPAC semifinals.

The two teams combined to shoot 87 free-throws with Dordt converting 38 of 55 (69.1%) while the Raiders hit 23 of 32 (71.9%). Dordt had a plus nine advantage in rebounding, grabbing 51 boards to Northwestern's 42 and the Defenders committed a dozen turnovers while the Raiders had ten.

Dordt will host Hastings on Saturday at 3:00 in the semifinal round of the tournament. Morningside will host Dakota Wesleyan in the other semifinal game.

GPAC Quarterfinals
Dordt College 105, Northwestern College 100 (OT)
Dakota Wesleyan University 83, Midland University 80
Hastings College 73, Nebraska Wesleyan University 69
Morningside College 87, Briar Cliff University 84

Dordt's Current Record: 27-4 (17-3)
Opponent's Current Record: 14-17 (0-0)

Team 1st Half 2nd Half OT 1 Final
Dordt College 49 40 16 105
Northwestern-GPAC Quarterfinals 47 42 11 100
Dordt Rebounding Leaders Total
Kyle Lindbergh 15
Dalton Franken 10
Tyler Wolterstorff 8
David Den Herder 5
Team Total: 51
Opponent Rebounding Leaders Total
Jordan Baker 16
Levi Ettleman 8
Zack Leeper 4
Taylor Francis 3
Team Total: 42
Dordt Scoring Leaders Total
Dalton Franken 25
Nathan Rindels 23
Kyle Lindbergh 22
Tyler Wolterstorff 19
Team Total: 105
Opponent Scoring Leaders Total
Zack Leeper 27
Levi Ettleman 21
Jordan Baker 17
Joey Habtemariam 13
Team Total: 100
Dordt Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 31/67 46%
3-Point Field Goals: 5/16 31%
Free Throws: 38/55 69%
Opponent Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 34/77 44%
3-Point Field Goals: 9/28 32%
Free Throws: 23/32 72%

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