The Dordt College Defender men's basketball team jumped out to an early lead, enjoying a double digit margin for the final 32 minutes of play, increasing their win streak to 11 with an 86-68 over the Dakota Wesleyan Tigers. With the win the fifth ranked Defenders move to 11-0 overall and 2-0 in GPAC games while the 23rd ranked Tigers drop to 6-3 overall and 0-2 in conference play.
The Defenders raced out early and took an 11-2 lead on two three-point shots by Cliff Warner, one by Kyle Lindbergh and a two-point basket by Trevor Wolterstorff.
The Defenders continued to build the lead to halftinme and were up 42-20 when the intermission came.
The second half started with Wesleyan trimming the lead to 18 but the Defenders roared back, extending the lead to 63-30 at the 13:03 mark on a Chris Sievers basket. Wesleyan did cut the lead down near the end of the game but the outcome was never in doubt with Dordt winning 86-68.
Dordt College had an impressive second half of shooting, as they were 16 of 23 from the floor for 69.6% in the final 20 minutes and the Defenders finished the night knocking down 50% (7-14) of their shots from three point range with Cliff Warner making 4 of 5 from beyond the arc.
The Defender men continued to show a balanced attack finishing the night with 4 players in double figures. Trevor Wolterstorff led Dordt with 17 points, Cliff Warner had 16, Jordan Vogel 15 and Austin Katje had 10. Chris Sievers yanked down a game high 9 rebounds and Kyle Lindbergh and Jordan Vogel grabbed 7 apiece.
Dakota Wesleyan's Mike Lee led all scorers with 25 points and Carde Pennington and Jalen Voss had 17 and 10 respectively with Voss also pulling down a team high 8 rebounds.
"We were very good defensively tonight and did not allow many easy baskets," remarked Dordt Head Coach Ross Douma. Dordt held Dakota Wesleyan to just 20 points in the opening half of the game. "We really are blessed to have great kids that are unselfish and that come from programs that have taught them how to play as a team and how to win. These guys really want to see their team-mates do well. We will need to continue to concentrate at every practice to continue to get better."
GPAC Games tonight: (RV) Concordia at 57 Midland 70
Briar Cliff at 69 Nebraska Wesleyan 62
Grand View University at 71 (16) Morningside 69
Mount Marty at 76 (8) Northwestern 80
Hastings at 62 Doane 69
GPAC Standings: Dordt/3-0/11-0 Morningside/2-0/5-3 Northwestern/3-1/8-1 Doane/2-1/7-4 Midland/2-1/6-3 Briar Cliff/2-2/7-3 Concordia/1-2/4-3 Mount Marty/1-2/3-3 Dakota Wesleyan/0-2/6-3 Nebraska Wesleyan/0-2/4-2 Hastings/0-3/5-6
Dordt College will next play host to Midland University in a Great Plains Athletic Conference game in Sioux Center on Saturday, December 3 at 4:00 pm.