The Dordt College Defender men's basketball team needed a late rally in regulation to force overtime and then held on to win in the extra session for an 87-83 win over Concordia on Saturday night in Seward, Nebraska. The game was tied 77-77 at the end of regulation.
Dordt controlled the first half, starting the contest up 13-7 with Trevor Wolterstorff scoring on a layup with 15:49 left in the first half to establish that lead. A Beau Smith lay-in with 13:03 left in the half cut the difference to 17-16 and Tyler Byrd tied it at 19-19 after Trevor Wolterstorff had a bucket to make it 19-16.
The score was tied again at 31-31 with 5:31 to go with Dordt scoring the next nine points with buckets and free throw combinations from four different players. Concordia did get a bucket late to trim the difference to 40-33 at the half.
Concordia made a concerted effort to get the ball inside to Porter Birtell in the second half and succeeded, taking their first lead of the game at 55-54 on a Barrett Braun three-point basket. Cliff Warner knocked down a pair of free throws to give the Defenders the lead but things were just getting started.
Ties ensued at 55, 58, 60, 64, 65 and 67 with Shawn Keizer making a lay-up for the tie at 67-67 with 5:15 left. Concordia then went on a mini-run and held the lead at 75-71 after a Birtell lay-up with 2:27 left. Concordia missed a lay-up attempt that would have made it a six point game with 1:43 left and Dordt converted with Lindbergh in the post to cut the lead in half at the 1:30 mark. Another missed short shot by Concordia gave Dordt a chance to tie it with Lindbergh again getting the ball down low and converted with 00:46 left in the game to tie it 75-75. Concordia couldn't hold on to the ball and Dordt had a chance to win it in regulation. With 00:06 left in the game Lindbergh converted again for a 77-75 lead. Concordia raced down the court and with a player draped on him, Tyler Byrd hit a shot in the lane with less than a second left to force overtime at 77-77.
A Jordan Vogel jumper gave Dordt a two point lead but Byrd answered with a long two point shot to make it 79-79. Vogel knocked down another elbow jumper for a two point lead and after the two teams traded turnovers Austin Katje hit his first three-pointer of the night for an 84-79 lead. The two teams traded buckets and Concordia had a late possession down three, but failed to convert and Lindbergh sealed the win with a steal and a made free throw for the 87-83 win.
Dordt was 34-64 from the floor for 53.1 percent while converting 4-12 three-point shots and 15-24 free throws. Concordia was 35-68 from the floor and 10-21 on three-pointers while converting just 3-8 free throws. Concordia was 0-3 on three-point shots in the overtime and 0-2 on free throws. Dordt had a 41-32 rebounding advantage and committed 10 turnovers to 11 for the hosts.
Dordt was led by Linbergh with 22 points 8-12 field goal shooting and 6-10 free throws to go with five rebounds and two blocked shots and the game clinching steal. Jordan Vogel had 20 points and ten rebounds with three blocked shots and two steals. Cliff Warner had 11 points and 13 assists against three turnovers and Trevor Wolterstorff had 15 points and eight rebounds. Chris Sievers and Tyler Wolterstorff had eight and six points respectively off the bench.
Concordia was topped by Birtell with 23 points and 13 rebounds while Barrett Braun scored 19 and Tyler Byrd had 15. Joel Haywood handed out 11 assists with eight points.
The Defenders will face Dakota State in Sioux Center on Wednesday night in a non-conference game before picking up conference play again on Saturday, January 14.
Northwestern def. Doane 78-73 Dakota Wesleyan def. Nebraska Wesleyan 65-53 Briar Cliff def. Morningside 72-62 GPAC Standings Dordt 9-1/17-1 Northwestern 6-3/13-4 Briar Cliff 6-3/12-6 Morningside 5-4/9-8 Midland 5-4/10-7 Mount Marty 4-4/8-7 Concordia 4-5/8-8 Doane 3-6/8-9 Dakota Wesleyan 3-6/11-8 Hastings 2-6/8-10 Nebraska Wesleyan 2-7/6-8