South Dakota Tech Classic
The Dordt College Defender men's basketball team continued their season opening winning streak with an 86-74 win over Black Hills State in Rapid City, South Dakota in a classic hosted by South Dakota Tech. The Defenders had to overcome a second half deficit to get the win, their third of the week, to move their record to 10-0.
Dordt held a 43-40 lead at halftime but couldn't shake the Yellowjackets as both teams were shooting in the 65 percent neighborhood.
The Defenders lost Trevor Wolterstorff to foul trouble early in the half as the junior was tagged with his fourth foul at the 14:56 mark. Black Hills State was able to take a 55-50 lead moments later but the Defenders fought to stay close. The Defenders got an Austin Katje free throw and a Kyle Lindbergh three point basket to make it 55-54. A Black Hills State basket at the 10:05 mark made it 57-54. The Yellowjackets wouldn't score again until the 3:31 mark. Dordt tied it on a Katje three and then a jumper from 17 feet made it 59-57 Dordt. The back breaker came when Kyle Lindbergh hit a three-point basket with the shot clock running down for a 62-57 lead and the run was on.
Dordt ended up scoring 17 points in a row to open up a 15 point lead and Dordt held on the rest of the way with a pair of Cliff Warner floaters in the lane sealing the win. Warner had a hot start the game converting for 13 points in the first ten minutes of the game.
Warner led the Defender effort with 19 points on 6-9 shootin from the floor and 4-4 free throws. Austin Katje scored 17--14 of them in the final ten minutes and Jordan Vogel had a double-double with 12 points and ten rebounds. Trevor Wolterstorff scored 10 along with Chris Sievers and Kyle Lindbergh scored 11 in the second half. Warner was also credited with four assists and one steal.
"We were tired but we were able to put together that one good run in the second half. Austin Katje got hot and Lindbergh hit some big shots. We didn't play the greatest but I liked our heart and desire and answering the challenge today," said Dordt coach Ross Douma.
Dordt was 30-44 from the floor and 9-16 on three pointers. Dordt held a slight rebounding edge of 24-23. Black Hills State converted 31-59 shots and 7-16 three-pointers.
The Yellowjackets were led by Rob Johnson with 17 and Tommy Earl had 14.
The Defenders will host Dakota Wesleyan in GPAC play on Wednesday night.