Dordt College News

Dordt-Northwest Preview

March 5, 2013

GAMETIME… Dordt College will face Northwest (Washington) on Thursday, March 7 at 10:15 AM in the first round of the NAIA Men’s Division II National Basketball Tournament hosted by the College of the Ozarks near Branson, Missouri at Point Lookout.    The game will be broadcast on KDCR 88.5 FM and there will be an audio webstream available at  Results and updates will be available at  and at when complete.

NAIA COVERAGE…  Video Webstream information (pay per view)


Tournament Results and Live Stats

SCOUTING REPORT… Northwest is a member of the Cascade Conference and enter the tournament with a 22-10 overall record and an 11-7 league mark.  Northwest advanced to the league tournament semifinals before being eliminated by Warner Pacific, the eventual tournament champion.  Six of Northwest’s losses are to teams in the tournament field and they have two wins over teams that made the 32 team carnival.

Northwest had won three games in a row before falling to Warner Pacific, earning wins over Oregon Tech, Evergreen and College of Idaho.That three game winning streak came on the heels of a five game losing streak when the Eagles lost games to Eastern Oregon, College of Idaho, Concordia (Oregon), Warner Pacific and Southern Oregon.  The Cascade Conference had four members make the field with Warner Pacific, Southern Oregeon and Eastern Oregon joining Northwest in the field.

The Eagles outscored teams 73.6-66.2 on average this season and held a 35.9-31.7 rebounding advantage.  Coach John Van Dyke’s team is converting 45.3 percent of its field goals while opponents convert 43.2 percent of the field goals they attempt.  Northwest is not bashful when it comes to shooting the three-pointer, having taken 845 long shots and converting 35.9 percent.  Of Northwest’s field goal attempts, 46 percent of them have been three-pointers.Northwest has committed 436 turnovers while forcing 447 by opponents.  Northwest has made 70 percent of its free throws.

Michael Greene is a do-it-all player for Northwest.  The junior post player has a 17.9 points per game scoring average to go with 8.8 rebounds and a team high 89 assists and 46 steals.  He is making 65.6 percent of his field goals and has gone to the free throw line 172 times and has made 130.  Michael Russo  is averaging 17.2 points per game with 4.8 rebounds and he is 96-229 on three-pointers.  Ryan McIntosh is good for 11.4 points and 3.7 rebounds while Ryan Dornik is putting in 9.7 points per game. Nemanja Grujicic scores 6.6 points per game and is second on the team in rebounding eiwth a 5.7 average.

DEFENDER NOTES… Dordt College is 26-6 this season and finished the year with a 15-5 GPAC mark and second place in the final conference standings.  Dordt went on to win the post-season tournament championship and is currently on a seven game winning streak.  Dordt has won ten of its last eleven games and has played nine games this season against teams in the NAIA National Tournament field with three of its losses coming to entrants Dakota State, Northwestern and Midland.

Dordt is averaging 80.7 points per game on offense and limit teams to 69.7 points per game defensively.  The Defenders have converted 50.7 percent of their field goals while teams are making 42.9 percent against them.  Dordt holds a 39.0-30.2 rebounding advantage and have turned the ball over 443 times in 32 games while forcing 380 turnovers.  The Defenders are 219-578 from the free throw line for 37.9 percent success and they have made 68.8 percent of their free throws this season (518-753).

Trevor Wolterstorff is scoring at a 14.6 points per game clip to go with a team high rebounding average of 6.8.  Wolterstorff has 55 assists and has converted 57.5 percent of his field goals.  Cliff Warner is good for 14.5 points per game with a season total 118 assists and 3.0 rebounds per game.  Warner has made 113-251 three-pointers for 45.0 percent success.  Jordan Vogel is at 13.3 points per game with 5.2 rebounds and he converts 65.4 percent of his field goals.  Chris Sievers is at 10.3 points per game and he is making 55.1 percent of his field goals.  Austin Katje chips in with 9.9 points per game and has made 48 three-point baskets.  Kyle Lindbergh has lifted his scoring average to 7.4 points per game and he hauls down 6.1 rebounds.  Lindbergh has handed out 79 assists and has 39 steals.  Shawn Keizer adds 4.6 points and 3.8 rebounds and is 28-67 on shots from behind the arc.

AFTER THIS…The winner of this contest will face the winner of the Indiana Wesleyan-Lourdes game.  The second round game will be Friday, March 8 at 10:15.

LAST TIME… Northwest lost to Warner Pacific in the semifinals of the Cascade Conference tournament on February 23 by a score of 63-58.  Greene had 18 points on 9-12 shooting and grabbed ten rebounds with McIntosh adding 15 points.  Russo converted for 11 points.  Northwest hoisted 37 three-point shots and converted eight in the loss and was outrebounded 35-31.

Dordt College defeated Morningside in the GPAC finals on Tuesday, February 26 behind Trevor Wolterstorff’s and Jordan Vogel’s 16 points each.  Both had a game high eight rebounds to lead Dordt to a 40-25 rebounding advantage.  Kyle Lindbergh added 13 points as the Defenders made 55 percent of their shots. Cliff Warner added 10 points and five assists.

SERIES… This is the first meeting between Dordt College and Northwest.

HISTORY…Both of these teams made it to the quarterfinal round of the 2012 tournament.

Northwest scored a 79-71 win over Cornerstone in the first round of the tournament after leading 39-20 at halftime as they made 6-12 three-point shots in the first half.  Cornerstone outscored the Eagles 51-40 in the second half before succumbing.  Greene had ten points and eight rebounds for a very balanced Northwest team and Dornikhad 11 poitns off the bench while converting 3-4 shots.

Northwest then turned away GPAC member Northwestern in the second round by an 83-74 margin after leading 30-29 at halftime.  The Eagles got 55 points from now graduated seniors Jordan Call and Rich Skillman and Dornik came off the bench to score 11 with six rebounds. 

In the quarterfinals Northwest came up short against Northwood by a 77-50 margin after trailing 44-19 at halftime.  Northwest was limited to 18-53 shooting in that loss and got outrebounded 33-25.

Dordt won its first two games at the 2012 National Tournament after building leads and holding on.  The Defenders were up on Cal-Maritime in the opener 32-22 at halftime and went on to win 63-54 while converting 26-51 shots and holding a 43-20 rebounding advantage.  Turnovers were a factor as Dordt had 21.  Trevor Wolterstorff had 19 points and ten rebounds with Cliff Warner adding 15 points with six rebounds and three assists.  Jordan Vogel tossed in 12 points with seven rebounds.

The second round game had Dordt enjoying a 39-22 halftime lead before Warner Pacific staged a comeback that came up short 77-70.  Dordt held a 32-22 rebounding advantage and got 26 points and six rebounds from Warner while Austin Katje added 17 and Jordan Vogel 14. 

One day later the Defender season ended in the quarterfinals against McPherson 82-78.  The Defenders got 24 points from Cliff Warner with three assists and a steal.  Wolterstorff and Chris Sievers each had 13 points in the loss.  Dordt was outrebounded 37-30 and didn’t help themselves at the free throw line where they were 13-22.

THE FIELD (DON’T I KNOW YOU??)…Familiar faces abound at the six day basketball extravaganza.  Only four teams are making their initial appearances with Madonna (Michigan), Rochester (Michigan), Saint Xavier (Illinois) and Valley City State (North Dakota) getting into the field for the first time.  The gray beards in the field are Bellevue (14 appearances), Bethel (10 appearances), Embry Riddle (13 appearances), Northwestern (16 appearances) and the College of the Ozarks (17 appearances).  Bethel leads the pack with three national titles to its credit and they boast a 26-6 record in tournament play.

Early in the season Dordt faced Bellevue, Valley City State and Jamestown in successive meetings and all three are in the field with Bellevue drawing Rochester, Valley City State faces Indiana Southeast and Jamestown will pair off with Cardinal Stritch.  If Dordt and Jamestown would win their first two games it would set up a Dordt-Jamestown quarterfinal (lots of miles to go for that to happen). 

Dakota State, a team that tripped the Defenders in early January is in the field and will face Warner Pacific in the last game of the day on Thursday.  For coach Gary Garner this is his third straight trip to the tournament. 

Northwestern, whom Dordt split with during the season, is the no. 4 seed and will face the Keelhaulers from Cal-Maritime on Thursday at 7:30.  Maritime was Dordt’s first round opponent last year.

Midland, who handed Dordt its first loss of the season, will face Eastern Oregon on Wednesday morning at 10:15.

JOIN US...If you plan to attend the NAIA basketball tournament games, plan to join the Dordt College Alumni Office and People's Bank at the College of the Ozarks’ Keeter Center for a luncheon reception.  The luncheon will take place immediately following Thursday’s 10:15 opener and, as long as the Defenders are playing, after Friday’s 10:15 game and prior to Saturday’s game.  Gather with scores of Dordt fans from near and far and celebrate our team and our college together.  The bookstore will have a table with Dordt fan gear and there will be a chance to sign up for a drawing to win great prizes as well.

Morningside 17-3/28-4
Concordia  16-4/25-6
Northwestern  15-5/23-7
Briar Cliff 13-7/23-9
Dakota Wesleyan 11-9/20-11
Mount Marty  10-10/16-14
Dordt College 10-10/16-15
Hastings 10-10/15-16
Midland  6-14/12-18
Nebraska Wesleyan 1-19/3-22
Doane   1-19/6-22

Northwestern 17-3/24-6
Dordt   15-5/26-6
Midland  12-8/19-12
Doane  11-9/21-10
Morningside 11-9/18-15
Hastings  11-9/20-11
Briar Cliff 10-10/19-12
Dakota Wesleyan 9-11/14-17
Nebraska Wesleyan 8-12/13-12
Mount Marty  4-16/8-21
Concordia  2-18/6-22

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