Dordt Men On To National Quarter Finals

Date posted - March 9, 2012

The Defenders weathered a second half comeback by Warner Pacific to advance to the NAIA quarterfinals with a 77-70 victory over the Knights. With the win the Defenders pick up their 30th win of the season, improving to 30-4 overall while the Knights have their year come to a close with a mark of 24-9.

Dordt will Defenders will play in the NAIA Division 2 quarterfinals on Saturday, March 10 at 1:00 pm against 5th seeded McPherson Kansas who were 86-74 winners over 12th seed St. Thomas University of Florida.

In the first half, Dordt overcame 14 turnovers by torching the nets from 3 point range, as the Defenders shot 7 of 13 (53.9%) from behind the arc and were 11 of 19 (57.9%) from the floor in jumping out to a 17 point halftime lead at 39-22.

A three pointer by Warner Pacific cut the lead to 2 points with 88 seconds to play but the Defenders responded

Cliff Warner drove to the basket on the next possession and knocked down both free throws and a Jordan Vogel steal of a lob pass on Warner Pacific’s next trip down the floor led to two more Cliff Warner free throws to put Dordt up by 6 (73-67). Dordt’s Jordan Vogel dunked with authority to make it an 8 point game and a three pointer by Warner Pacific with 13 seconds left made it 75-70 but it would be too little, too late as Trevor Wolterstorff’s finger roll with 7 seconds to play secured to 77-70 win.

The Defenders were paced by Cliff Warner’s 26 points including a perfect 9 of 9 from the charity stripe. Austin Katje finished with 14 points. Jordan Vogel finished with 14 on 4 of 5 from the field and 6 of 10 from the line while Trevor Wolterstorff rounded out the double digit scorers with 10. Dane Johnson grabbed team high honors for the Knights with 19 points.

The Defenders move on to the national quarterfinals Saturday at 1pm when they meet McPherson Kansas.

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