Dordt College extended their win streak to 12 with a hard earned 77-72 win over GPAC rival Northwestern this evening (Wednesday, December 7)in Orange City. With the win the Defenders improve to a perfect 12-0 overall and 4-0 in GPAC play while the Raiders drop to 9-2 on the year and 4-2 in conference.
Dordt College opened up the contest by scoring the first 6 points, taking a 6-0 lead on a Kyle Lindbergh jumper at 17:52. The Dordt lead hovered between 1 and 6 and the Raiders got within 2 (26-24) on a Ben Miller jumper with 7:33 to play in the first half. Dordt responded with a 9-0 run capped by a Shawn Keizer 3 pointer to take an 11 point lead (35-24) with just under 4 minutes to play in the opening period and extended the lead to 13 (41-28) on a Jordan Vogel free throw with 58 seconds to go and took the baker's dozen lead into halftime, ahead 43-30.
The Raiders got off to a good start in the second half, outscoring Dordt 12-4 in the first 4 minutes to cut the Dordt lead down to just 5 (47-42) on a Daniel Van Kalsbeek layup at 16:03. A seven point run punctuated by a Trevor Wolterstorff dunk on an assist from Katje gave the Defenders a 12 point cushion at 54-42 with 13:16 to play.
Trailing by 10 (56-46)at 11:58, Northwestern was able to cut it down to just a 2 point game (57-55)on a Van Kalsbeek layup at 10:13, outscoring Dordt 9 to 1 over a 2 minute period. Dordt clung to a small two to five point lead for the next 6 minutes until Northwestern's Stu Goslinga knotted it at 68-68 with 4:06 to play in regulation.
Dordt grabbed the momentum right back on the next possession when Austin Katje hit a clutch three-pointer at 3:46 to make it 71-68. A pair of Stu Goslinga free throws for Northwestern made it a one point game (71-70) with 2:58 to play. On the next trip down the floor, a pair of offensive rebounds by Chris Sievers and Trevor Wolterstorff kept the possession alive and Wolterstorff got the layup to give Dordt back the three point lead. Goslinga responded again with a layup of his own to cut it back down to one at 73-72 with 2:11 to play. A steal by Northwestern's Jon Kramer at 1:50 gave the Raiders a chance to take the lead but they could not convert giving Dordt opportunity to build on their advantage. Dordt was unable to extend the lead on their next possession although an offensive rebound by Katje and a deadball rebound gave them three chances. With under a minute to play, Van Kalsbeek was unable to hit a jumper with 57 seconds to go that would have given the Raiders the lead. After calling time-out with 22 seconds on the clock Dordt College's Cliff Warner missed a jumper but Kyle Lindbergh got the rebound and a put back to give Dordt a three point lead (75-72) with 17 seconds to play. Ben Miller was unable to tie the game on a 3 pointer in the waning seconds and Austin Katje was fouled on the rebound and banged home both free throws to secure the Dordt College win at 77-72.
"I am really proud of our players," said Dordt Head Coach Ross Douma, "we had to mix and match our rotation when we got in some foul trouble and our kids stepped up and got key rebounds and baskets at important times, it was a true team win. Our fans were great here tonight and that certainly helped. Our conference is tough from top to bottom so right away we change our focus to the next opponent."
The Defenders were led in scoring by Trevor Wolterstorff's 22 points on 10 of 18 from the floor and 2 of 6 from the free throw line to go along with 8 rebounds in a team high 37 minutes of action. Kyle Lindbergh and Shawn Keizer each added nine points and Jordan Vogel had 8 points and a team high 9 rebounds in only 18 minutes of play due to foul trouble. Dordt guard Cliff Warner handed out 4 assists and had 3 steals in 35 minutes.
Red Raiders' Stu Goslinga led all scorers with 24 points on 11 of 15 from the floor and 2 of 7 from the free throw line while also pulling down a game high 11 boards. Daniel Van Kalsbeek added 21 for Northwestern and Ben Miller had 11 while Jon Kramer dished out a game high 5 assists.
Dordt finished the tilt shooting 41.9% from the floor on 31 of 74, including 4 of 15 from three point range while the Raiders had a 44.9% field goal percentage on 31 of 69 with 5 of 17 coming from behind the arc. The rebounding battle was tight with Dordt narrowly grabbing the advantage, pulling down 42 boards to Northwestern's 41. The Defenders forced Northwestern into 13 turnovers while not squandering many opportunities of their own, committing only 7 turnovers on the night. Both teams struggled from the charity stripe with Dordt College shooting 52.4% on 11 of 21 while the Raiders really had trouble knocking down only 5 of 13 for 38.5%.
Around the GPAC this evening: (RV) Briar Cliff at 86 Concordia 74
Dakota Wesleyan at 78 (19) Morningside 72
(4) Dordt at 77 (8) Northwestern 72
Nebraska Wesleyan at 56 Hastings 53
Standings: Team/GPAC/Overall: (4)Dordt 4-0/12-0 (RV)Midland 3-1/7-3 (19)Morningside 3-1/6-4 (8)Northwestern 4-2/9-2 (RV)Briar Cliff 3-2/9-3 Mount Marty 2-2/5-3 Doane 2-3/7-6 Dakota Wesleyan 1-3/7-4 Nebraska Wesleyan 1-3/5-3 Hastings 1-4/6-7 Concordia 1-4/4-5 Dordt College will play host to Nebraska Wesleyan on Saturday, December 10 at 4:00 pm for a conference match up with the Prairie Wolves in Sioux Center.
Dordt College will play host to Nebraska Wesleyan on Saturday, December 10 at 4:00 pm for a conference match up with the Prairiewolves in Sioux Center.