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Dordt College JV Men's Basketball vs. Sioux Falls

November 11, 2010

Game Media

(Sioux Center, Iowa) By Sam Ekstrom, Dordt College Student Class of 2014

The turnovers and poor shooting were too much to overcome Thursday night as the Defenders dropped to 2-3 with a 70-54 loss at the hands of Sioux Falls.

The Cougars of USF used their sharp-shooting ability to take an early lead and never looked back. Led by Keith Cutler, who finished the game with 23 points, Sioux Falls burst out of the gate to take a 26-8 advantage before Dordt even knew what hit them.

The Defenders did their best to regroup, pulling to within 11 at the break, thanks in large part to Ben Sytsma who hit three first half 3-pointers and had a team high 12 points on the night. Unfortunately, Sytsma's success did not spread to his teammates. Dordt shot just 29% from 3-point range and 34% overall. They were also plagued by poor free-throw shooting, making just 57% of their attempts.

The Defenders coaching staff implemented a full-court press in the second half, but it was to no avail. The Cougar lead never dipped below nine, and even ballooned to 28 late in the game. Josh Nielsen, 12 points, and Arsenio Richardson, 11, were the other double digit scorers for Sioux Falls.

Forwards James Rylaarsdam and Nick Wilson each contributed 10 points for Dordt.

The Defenders JV plays again on Monday at Norfolk, Neb.

Dordt's Current Record: 2-3 (1-2)
Opponent's Current Record: 0-0 (0-0)

Team 1st Half 2nd Half Final
Dordt College 25 29 54
Sioux Falls 36 34 70
Dordt Rebounding Leaders Total
James Rylaarsdam 8
Ben Sytsma 6
Team Total: 41
Opponent Rebounding Leaders Total
Landon Braun 9
Team Total: 32
Dordt Scoring Leaders Total
Ben Sytsma 12
Nick Wilson 10
James Rylaarsdam 10
Team Total: 54
Opponent Scoring Leaders Total
Keith Cutler 23
Josh Nielsen 12
Team Total: 70
Dordt Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 19/56 34%
3-Point Field Goals: 4/14 29%
Free Throws: 12/21 57%
Opponent Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 30/59 51%
3-Point Field Goals: 8/12 67%
Free Throws: 2/5 40%

For more information, please contact Mike Byker, Sports Information Director, at mbyker@dordt.edu or (712) 722-6301.