Men's Basketball vs. Mount Marty

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W 70-56

8:00 PM - Wednesday, January 18, 2012
Sioux Center, Iowa
Non-conference Match


Solid defense allowed the Dordt College Defender men's basketball team turn a 5 point half-time lead (32-27) into a 20 point advantage (53-33) just 10 minutes into the second half and the Defender men earned a hard fought 70-56 GPAC win over the visiting Mount Marty Lancers.

Mount Marty started off the game scoring the first 5 points but Dordt knocked home the next 7 to take a 7-5 lead on an Austin Katje 3 pointer five minutes in to the contest. The teams were knotted at 7-7 and again at 9-9; a made free throw by Jordan Vogel at 11:32 gave Dordt a lead that they would not relinquish for the duration. The biggest Dordt lead of the first half came on a Trevor Wolterstorff 3 pointer with 7:43 to play to make it a seven point game at 18-11. Over the final 5 minutes of the half the Dordt lead wavered between 1 and 6 and the Defenders took a 5 point lead in to the intermission leading 32-27.

The Defender lead was still at 5 (36-31) three minutes into the second half when Dordt went on a tear, outscoring the Lancers 17-2 to take a 20 point lead on a pair of Chris Sievers free throws with 9:54 to play. The Lancers got within 14 (59-45) on a Joe Hieb 3 pointer with 4:47 to play. A three point play by Austin Katje with 3:10 to play pushed the Dordt advantage to 21 (66-45)and Dordt went on to take the GPAC tilt by a final of 70-56.

In commenting on the game, Dordt Head Coach Ross Douma stated, "we played one of our better complete defensive games tonight and really refocused after doing some self inventory after Saturday's loss. We communicated well on defense and it was great to see us respond and implement what we worked so hard on in practice the last couple days. A lot of guys had really solid games tonight with Shawn Keizer have an outstanding night for us off the bench, particularly on the defensive end. We are very happy to see the hard work that Matt Vande Kamp has put in so far this season pay off tonight with some quality minutes with Tyler (Wolterstorff) out with an illness. Trevor (Wolterstorff) played with a lot of desire tonight and Jordan (Vogel) and Chris (Sievers) really demanded the ball in the post. All in all it was a great team effort."

Tyler Wolterstorff led all scorers will a game high 22 points on 9 of 12 from the floor with one 3 pointer and 3 of 4 from the free throw line. Austin Katje had 16 points on 4 of 8 from the floor, including 3 of 7 from beyond the arc and was a perfect 5 for 5 from the charity stripe. Chris Sievers added 14 points on 5 of 7 from the floor and 4 of 4 from the line. Jordan Vogel grabbed a team high 8 rebounds to go along with 7 points. Dordt point guard Cliff Warners had 3 assists and 3 steals. As a team, Dordt shot 21-45 (46.7%) from the field, including 4-13 (30.8%) from three point range and were very strong from the free throw line shooting 24 of 28 for 85.7%.

The Defenders had a slight edge in rebounding, grabbing 32 rebounds while the Lancers snagged 30. Dordt College turned the ball over 20 times while forcing the Lancers in to committing 18 turnovers.

Scott Oderkirk and Joe Hieb each contributed 14 points to lead the Lancers with Oderkirk shooting 5 of 7 from the floor and 4 of 4 from the stripe while Hieb was 5 of 10 from the field, including 1 of 4 from 3 point range and 3 of 4 from the the free throw line. Spencer Yackley snared a game high 10 rebounds while Mitch Ackelson dished out 5 assists and grabbed 5 steals. Mount Marty shot 38.3% from the floor on 23 of 60, making 2 of 9 from three point range and 8 of 9 from the line.

The Defenders improve to 19-2 on the season and 10-2 in GPAC play while the Lancers drop to 9-10 overall and 5-7 in conference.

GPAC scores from this evening: Nebraska Wesleyan at 61 (18) Briar Cliff 67

(RV) Midland at 67 Concordia 46

(RV) Morningside at 86 (13) Northwestern 96

Doane at 68 Hastings 70

Mount Marty at 56 (5) Dordt 70

GPAC Standings: 5 Dordt 10-2/19-2 13 Northwestern 9-3/16-4 18 Briar Cliff 8-3/14-6 RV Midland 7-5/12-8 RV Morningside 7-5/12-9 Hastings 5-7/11-11 Mount Marty 5-7/9-10 Dakota Wesleyan 4-7/12-9 Concordia 4-8/8-11 Nebraska Wesleyan 3-9/7-10 Doane 3-9/8-12

Dordt College will travel to Lincoln, Nebraska on Saturday, January 21 to take on the Nebraska Wesleyan Prairiewolves at 4 pm in Great Plains Athletic Conference action.

Next Up

Dordt College will travel to Lincoln, Nebraska on Saturday, January 21 to take on the Nebraska Wesleyan Prairiewolves at 4 pm in Great Plains Athletic Conference action.