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Dordt Returns To Elite 8, Beats Indiana Wesleyan



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POINT LOOKOUT, MO --The Dordt College Defenders advanced to the quarterfinal round of the NAIA Division II Men’s Basketball National Basketball Tournament with a 75-62 win over Indiana Wesleyan on Friday morning at Point Lookout, Missouri.

 

The Defenders were able to sustain a double digit lead most of the second half in an intense, physical match-up that resulted in Dordt’s 28th win of the season in 34 starts.

 

Dordt trailed early, getting down 6-2 as Indiana Wesleyan set the tone with an aggressive defense and a pound it into the paint approach on offense. The Defenders were able to tie it on an Austin Katje three-pointer with 16:17 remaining in the first half and a bucket by Shawn Keizer moments later gave Dordt a 10-8 lead. Wesleyan tied it at the 15:30 mark but a Jordan Vogel basket at the 14:13 mark gave Dordt a lead they never surrendered.

 

A dunk by Vogel at the 12:30 mark put the Defenders up16-10 and with a stifling defense in play, the Defenders were able to build a 22-12 lead on a Vogel basket off an assist by Cliff Warner with 8:25 remaining in the half.

 

“We did a good job early of matching Indiana Wesleyan’s intensity and physicality,” said Dordt College coach Ross Douma.

 

The lead grew to as many as 13 in the first half before Dordt went into the locker room up 35-24.

 

Keizer drained a three-pointer with 14:07 left in the game to establish a 47-32 lead, Dordt’s biggest advantage of the game and the lead was still 14 at 55-41 with 11:34 left.

 

Wesleyan mounted a charge scoring the next seven points, but a Kyle Lindbergh three-point play got the Defenders back up by double digits.

 

The Crossroads League member would get no closer as the fatigue of a second straight day of games set in and Dordt won by the 13 point margin.

 

Dordt converted 28-50 shots from the field and they were 13-19 from the free throw line. Dordt converted 9-23 three-point shots. Indiana Wesleyan was 24-63 from the field for 38 percent and made just 1-12 three-point attempts.

 

The Wildcats were 13-20 from the free throw line and held their own on the boards with a 17 offensive rebounds and trailed by just one in the rebound department 32-31.

 

“We were efficient on offense,” said Douma. “When we attacked the gut with Shawn and Trevor we had success. We did a nice job on defense against Jordan Weidner—he’s a good player.”

 

Weidner was limited to seven points after coming into the game averaging over 17 points per game.

 

Trevor Wolterstorff had a team high 21 points on 7-11 field goal shooting and he converted 7-10 free throws. Austin Katje had 16 points and made four three-point shots and Keizer came off the bench for 13. Jordan Vogel completed the double digit scoring with 10 points.

 

Indiana Wesleyan was topped by Patrick Hopkins with 30 points on 12-19 shooting. Taylor Schoen added 13 before fouling out.

 

Wolterstorff had eight rebounds and Keizer six with four assists. Vogel, Warner and Katje all had four rebounds and Warner dished nine assists.

 

Chris Sievers went over 1,000 points for his career with his first field goal of the game. He’s the fourth member of this year’s team to reach the 1,000 point plateau.

 

"This was a very physical game," noted Dordt Head Coach Ross Douma, "and we didn't shoot a free throw until midway through the second half but our guys did a good job of staying composed and weathered through it. We go our edge at about the 15 minute mark of the first half and we were pretty solid from that point on and we did a nice job of attacking the gut of their defense. Ours guys are physically and mentally tough and we are looking forward to playing again tomorrow afternoon."

 

Dordt will play in the quarterfinal round of the tournament at 3:00 Saturday afternoon at 3:00 against the winner of the Bellevue-Cardinal Stritch game. This is the second year in a row Dordt has made it to the round of eight.

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