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Trojans’ late rally falls short at No. 2 Dordt (Iowa) 73-71 in men’s basketball action
January 11, 2012
SIOUX CENTER, Iowa – The Dakota State University men's basketball team faced an NAIA 'Top 10' team for the fourth time this season on Wednesday night at DeWitt Gymnasium. Dordt went on to build a double-digit lead in the second-half before the Trojans made a late rally. DSU's missed its final shot of the game at the buzzer at the Defenders held on to win 73-71.
Dakota State, receiving votes in the latest NAIA Division II Men's Basketball poll, dropped their overall record to 10-7. Dordt, No. 2 in the national poll, raised their record to 18-1 and never trailed in the game.
Trevor Wolterstorff scored the first five points in two minutes to give Dordt a 5-0 lead.
With Dordt leading at 10-9 with 14 minutes left in the first-half, the Defenders used a 15-4 run to extend their lead to 25-12 with 9:14 left before halftime.
Dakota State used a 14-5 in the final 4:27 of the first-half as the Defenders grab a 40-35 halftime lead.
The Trojans tied the game at 50-50 with 14:33 remaining in the game.
Dordt went on a 14-2 run in the span of seven minutes to grab a 64-52 lead.
Jesse Bean drained a 3-pointer with 45 seconds left in the game as the Trojans trimmed their deficit to 73-71.
A jumper by DC Cliff Warner was blocked by Bean with 31 seconds remaining; DSU regained the final possession of the game. Donald Stewart's 3-pointer shot before the buzzer fell short as the Defenders held on to the victory.
Bean poured in a game-high 28 points for the Trojans. He was 11-for-16 from the field, including a perfect 3-for-3 shooting from the 3-point arc. Bean was 3-for-4 from the free-throw line. He dished out three assists. Spencer Adams added 10 points and pulled down six rebounds. Luke Lamb had nine points. Stewart scored eight points, earned five rebounds and stole the ball three times.
Jordan Vogel had 17 points and seven rebounds for Dordt. Warner had 16 points. Wolterstorff added 15 points and grabbed nine rebounds. Chris Sievers scored 14 points off the bench. He had six rebounds.
DC shot 49 percent from the field (25-for-51) compared to the Trojans' 47.5 percent (28-for-59). DSU was 7-for-15 from the 3-point line, while the Defenders were 4-for-9.
Dordt went to the free-throw line 31 times and converted 19 free-throws (61.3 percent). The Trojans were 8-for-13 (61.5 percent).
The Defenders outrebounded DSU 38-26.
Both teams scored 34 points inside the paint.
Dakota State returns home on Saturday evening. DSU looks to bounce back in the winning column as they host their former Dakota Athletic Conference foe Jamestown (No. 10 ranking in the national poll) for both teams' second meeting of the season (Jimmies defeated DSU 58-51 on Jan. 3 in Jamestown, N.D.) Tip-off is slated to start at 6 p.m. at DSU Fieldhouse.
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director