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Dordt Season Ends In Double Overtime Thriller

March 14, 2014

(Point Lookout, Missouri) A dizzying, record setting performance ended the Dordt College Defender men’s basketball season at the NAIA Division II Men’s National Championship first round on Thursday night, March 13. When the final buzzer sounded the Defenders found themselves on the short end of a 118-116 double overtime loss to William Penn (Iowa). The win puts William Penn in the second round of the tournament against St. Thomas (Florida).

A game that didn’t tip off until 10:05 pm at Keeter Gym on the campus of the College of the Ozarks wasn’t decided until the early morning hours of Friday as the teams battled 50 minutes. The game needed an unlikely comeback by the Defenders to force the first overtime and then the Defenders had to deal with significant foul trouble in the second overtime before their season came to an end.

Dordt got out to a 10-4 lead on a Dalton Franken basket with just over five minutes gone but William Penn went on a six point run to lead 11-10 and the Defenders were still up 20-19 after Nathan Rindels made a three-point basket. William Penn took back the lead at 21-20 and wouldn’t trail again till overtime. William Penn led by as many as 11 in the first half and the Statesmen took a 49-38 halftime lead.

The lead grew to as many as 14 when Kelly Madison scored a two point shot with 17:29 left in the game for a 55-41 lead. Dordt made several charges but was unable to seriously dent the lead until the final minutes. William Penn led 93-84 with 1:29 left but a Dalton Franken basket cut it to 93-86 and Austin Katje converted a put back at the 1:16 mark for a 93-88 difference. Penn pushed the lead to 96-89 with :59 left but Dordt got a Bryan Sumner three point basket with :51 left and after a steal by Austin Katje the senior converted a two point bucket to cut it to 96-94 with :40 remaining. Alec Schwab converted two free throws for William Penn but Sumner buried a three with :33 left for a 98-97 deficit.

Schwab was fouled and converted one of two free throws and Nathan Rindels attacked the basket on the ensuing possession and was fouled, converted both free throws and after Madison missed a three-point attempt at the buzzer the teams went to an extra session tied 99-99.

Dordt took its first lead of the overtime when Austin Katje hit for a three-point basket to make it 104-101 with 4:00 left. A Dalton Franken pair of free throws gave Dordt a three point advantage again at 108-105 but William Penn eventually tied with three free throws as Dordt lost Rindels, Katje and Franken to fouls in the overtime. Dordt had a shot to win the game at the end of the first overtime but Bryan Sumner’s three from the corner was just off line and the teams went to a second overtime tied 108-108.

The teams continued to trade baskets as the lead changed hands eight times. Dordt last lead was when David Den Herder made a pair of free throws with :51 left for a 116-115 lead but Madison had an answer on the next possession, making a three-point basket for a 118-116 lead that held up as Dordt turned the ball over on one possession and couldn’t convert when William Penn missed two free throws with :10 left.

Austin Katje topped the Defenders in scoring as the senior torched the net in the second half from three point range, finishing with 33 points on 10 of 21 from the field with 8 of 18 coming from beyond the arc(the eight made three pointers ties a single game record)and five of six from the charity stripe. Dalton Franken ended with a double double, dropping 25 points and snaring 10 rebounds with the freshman hitting 9 of 15 from the floor and seven of ten from the line. Nathan Rindels and Kyle Lindbergh both added double double with Rindels knocking in 21 points while grabbing 11 boards and Lindbergh contributed 20 points and pulled down 17 boards while also dishing out six assists and picking up three steals.

William Penn was 34 for 78 from the field and 11 of 26 on three-point attempts and the Statesmen converted 39 of 56 free throws. Dordt had a 60-56 rebounding advantage and had 27 offensive rebounds as a team. The Defenders converted 39 of 99 field goals and 13 of 36 three-point shots and they had 25 of 38 success from the free throw line.

The Statesmen were topped by Kelly Madison's 38 points and Alex Schwab had 27. Taylor Stahle was good for 17 and Blake Walker scored ten with ten assists.

The two team point total is the most in the NAIA Division II Championship history, breaking the old record of 222 set in a game played between Cornerstone (Michigan) and Bethel (Indiana) in 1999 that was 113-109 in overtime.

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