Dordt College Men's Basketball vs. Mount Marty

February 1, 2006

Game Media

(Sioux Center, Iowa) The Dordt College Defender men exacted revenge on the Mount Marty Lancers in Great Plains Athletic Conference basketball Wednesday night with a 77-66 decision over their old SDIC foe.

The Defenders and Lancers battled through a tense half where Mount Marty led by as many as six with 12:39 left on a Justin Bonnichsen free throw and Dordt led by as many as eight by virtue of a 9-0 run, capping the run on a jump shot by Chad Huenink with 4:16 remaining in the half. Mount Marty did cut the lead down to 36-33 but a offensive put back by reserve post player Brian Eekhoff gave Dordt a five point advantage going into halftime.

Mount Marty immediately cut into the halftime lead and trailed 41-40 on a JJ Heyden lay-up just 2:30 into the half. Dordt buckled down defensively and fought off the first charge with a five point flurry. Mount Marty charged again, tying the game with 11:54 left, this time it was Heyden making two free throws to make it 48 all. Dordt would never relinquish the lead though. A pair of Scott Van Zanten free throws made it 50-48 and a basket by Chad Huenink pushed the lead to four. Mount Marty again cut it down to one on a basket by reserve Travis Seitzinger but Luke Ruter responded with a three-pointer. Dordt pushed the lead to 11 at 67-56 and made enough free throws, 6-8 down the stretch, for their 18th win of the season.

Luke Ruter led all players with 21 points and is now tied with Gene Hospers for second in all-time points at Dordt College with 1627. Brandon Haan had 11 points and eight rebounds with Ruter snaring seven. Chad Huenink added ten points and five rebounds while Scott Van Zanten matched those totals and also had two blocks. Mark Rowenhorst was perfect from the floor, going 4-4 with a three-pointer for nine points and Derek Keizer scored four poitns and two assists and a steal in his first action since injuring his knee on January 14.

Mount Marty got 16 points from Andy Witte and Justin Bonnichsen while JJ Heyden added 12 points and matched Bonnichsen for team honors with seven rebounds.

Dordt remains fourth in the GPAC race with a 10-4 record and is 18-6 overall while Mount Marty is 13-10 overall and 6-8 in the loop.

Dordt's Current Record: 5-2 (0-0)
Opponent's Current Record: 13-10 (6-8)

Team 1st Half 2nd Half Final
Dordt College 38 39 77
Mount Marty 33 33 66
Dordt Rebounding Leaders Total
Brandon Haan 8
Luke Ruter 7
Chad Huenink 5
Scott Van Zanten 5
Team Total: 32
Opponent Rebounding Leaders Total
JJ Heyden 7
Justin Bonnichsen 7
Cole Knippling 6
Team Total: 31
Dordt Scoring Leaders Total
Luke Ruter 21
Brandon Haan 11
Scott Van Zanten 10
Chad Huenink 10
Team Total: 77
Opponent Scoring Leaders Total
Andy Witte 16
Justin Bonnichsen 16
JJ Heyden 12
Team Total: 66
Dordt Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 29/59 49%
3-Point Field Goals: 6/12 50%
Free Throws: 13/19 68%
Opponent Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 27/53 51%
3-Point Field Goals: 5/17 29%
Free Throws: 7/12 58%

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