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Dordt College Men's Basketball vs. Hastings-GPAC Semfinals

March 1, 2014

(Sioux Center, Iowa) The Dordt College Defenders will play in their fourth straight GPAC championship game under Head Coach Ross Douma, paving the way with an 83-67 semifinal win at home over the Hastings Broncos. Dordt College improves to 28-4 on the year and will play Morningside on Tuesday, March 4 with the Mustangs advancing the finals with a 108-106 overtime win against Dakota Wesleyan. The Hastings season comes to a close with a 21-10 mark.

Hastings briefly held a one point lead at 6-5 before a pair of Tyler Wolterstorff free-throws gave the Defenders a 7-6 advantage that they would not relinquish. Dordt College was up 13-11 with 14:31 to play when a 21-6 run, topped off by a Bryan Sumner three pointer, pushed the Defender cushion to 17 (34-17) with just under seven minutes to play. The Broncos were able to cut the gap down to 14 with over a minute remaining but back to back layups by senior Kyle Linbergh put Dordt up 43-25 at the half.

The Defenders continued to hold the 18 point lead (49-31)with 17 minutes to go in the contest before blowing the game open with an 11-0 run that gave Dordt their biggest lead of the contest at 60-31 with 12:27 to play. Dordt maintained a twenty point cushion for the next ten minutes and held a comfortable 75-52 lead with 2:29 on the clock. The Broncos managed to trim the gap down to 14 (77-63) with an 11-2 run but would get no closer as the Defenders were 6-of-6 from the charity stripe over the final minute of action.

"That first half was as good a half as we've played in a while, especially on the defensive side," noted Dordt Head Coach Ross Douma, "this game was all about defense and our guys all played with great defensive intensity and we played really well for 35 minutes. Boer and Terpstra did a nice job defending Lollman and we were much improved at the free-throw line this afternoon (27 of 31...87.1%). We have a lot of respect for Morningside and we are looking forward to playing again here on Tuesday."

Nathan Rindels dropped in 21 points to lead all scorers as the sophomore guard was six of nine from the field and nine of ten from the line while also grabbing six boards, three steals and an assist. Tyler Wolterstorff finished the afternoon with 17 points on four of seven from the field, with two made three pointers, and seven of eight from the line; Wolterstorff also grabbed six rebounds and picked up two steals. Kyle Lindbergh was six of twelve from the floor and four of five from the line for 16 points to go along with a game high seven rebounds and a pair of assists. Bryan Sumner hit three three pointers and was two for two from the line for eleven points and also snared six boards and dished out an assist.

Hastings was led by Brett Wells' 17 points on eight of eleven from the floor with one made three pointer. Brady Lollman was held to just two points in the first half and finished with 13 points and six assists.

Dordt College grabbed 36 boards, including a dozen on the offensive end, while limiting the Broncos to 28 rebounds. Hastings committed twelve turnovers and the Defenders had just ten.

The Defenders will host Morningside on Tuesday, March 4 at 7:00 pm. The Mustangs, currently ranked 15th in the NAIA, and boasting a nine game winning streak, knocked off Dordt twice this season in a pair of high scoring affairs (103-100 and 100-96).

GPAC Tournament Results
GPAC Men’s Basketball Quarterfinals – Wednesday, February 26
#1 Dordt 105, #8 Northwestern 100 (OT)
#4 Hastings 73, #5 Nebraska Wesleyan 69
#6 Dakota Wesleyan 83, #3 Midland 80
#2 Morningside 87, #7 Briar Cliff 84

GPAC Men’s Basketball Semifinals – Saturday, March 1
#1 Dordt 83, #4 Hastings 67
#2 Morningside 108, #6 Dakota Wesleyan 106 (OT)

GPAC Men’s Basketball Championship Tuesday, March 4
#2 Morningside (24-8) at #1 Dordt (28-4), 7pm

GPAC Women’s Basketball Quarterfinals – Wednesday, February 26
#1 Northwestern 70, #8 Briar Cliff 58
#4 Concordia 93, #5 Midland 91 (OT)
#3 Morningside 90, #6 Dakota Wesleyan 54
#2 Hastings 72, #7 Doane 55

GPAC Women’s Basketball Semifinals – Saturday, March 1
#1 Northwestern 101, #4 Concordia 80
#3 Morningside 65, #2 Hastings 55


GPAC Women’s Basketball Championship Tuesday, March 4
#3 Morningside (27-5) at #1 Northwestern (26-4), 7pm

Dordt's Current Record: 28-4 (17-3)
Opponent's Current Record: 21-10 (0-0)

Team 1st Half 2nd Half Final
Dordt College 43 40 83
Hastings-GPAC Semfinals 25 42 67
Dordt Rebounding Leaders Total
Kyle Lindbergh 7
Bryan Sumner 6
Tyler Wolterstorff 6
Nathan Rindels 6
Team Total: 36
Opponent Rebounding Leaders Total
Zach Lenagh 6
Ibou Fall 5
Carson Blum 5
Brady Lollman 3
Team Total: 28
Dordt Scoring Leaders Total
Nathan Rindels 21
Tyler Wolterstorff 17
Kyle Lindbergh 16
Bryan Sumner 11
Team Total: 83
Opponent Scoring Leaders Total
Brett Wells 17
Brady Lollman 13
Carson Blum 9
Jake Hamburger 8
Team Total: 67
Dordt Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 25/54 46%
3-Point Field Goals: 6/18 33%
Free Throws: 27/31 87%
Opponent Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 24/53 45%
3-Point Field Goals: 4/11 36%
Free Throws: 15/20 75%

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