Dordt College Men's Basketball vs. Doane

February 4, 2006

Game Media

(Crete, Nebraska) The Doane College Tiger men protected their home court with a 75-74 win over the #17 rated Dordt College Defenders at Crete, Nebraska. The Defenders dropped behind by double-digits in the first half, surrendering an 11 point run to go down 20-9. The Tigers rode the hot three-point shooting to take as much as a 17 point lead at 37-20 before the Defenders cut the lead down to 44-43, with Luke Ruter shouldering most of the load with 13 points in the last ten minutes of the first half.

Doane caught a break late in the half when Brent Cole made a three-pointer, was fouled, missed the free throw, tracked down the rebound and hit another three-pointer from the corner to re-establish a seven point advantage at halftime 50-43. Doane made 9-11 three-point shots in the first half.

Dordt scored the first ten points of the second half but the Tigers wouldn’t wilt, retaking the lead at 55-53. Dordt tied the game twice at 56 and 58 but Doane eventually pulled away to lead 71-65. The Defenders scored the next five points, all on free throws to get within one and eventually took the lead with a minute left on a Eric Van Maanen two-pointer at 74-73. Doane ran the shot clock down and with little time on the shot clock, Cole was fouled on another three-point attempt and promptly converted on 2-3 free throws for the eventual winning margin. Dordt had the ball with :12 remaining but a pair of shots were off the mark.

Luke Ruter led Dordt with 23 points while Brandon Haan had 21 points and nine rebounds. Eric Van Maanen had 15 points in a reserve role and Jim Brinks added eight. Ruter moved to second all-time in scoring, running his total to 1650 career points, breaking a tie he was in with Gene Hospers entering the game. Brandon Haan vaulted past two players into 18th all-time and now has 1065 career points. Doane was led by Brent Cole’s 26 points and 11 rebounds will Brad Hochstein had 15 and Todd Krauss 12.

Dordt is now 18-7 overall and 10-5 in the conference and are in fourth place with three games to go. Two teams, Doane and Briar Cliff, are tied for fifth place at 7-7 in conference play while there is a three-way tie for sixth place. Sioux Falls and Northwestern are both 11-2 and will play on Monday night while Morningside is 12-3 and must face both Northwestern and Sioux Falls in the final two weeks of the season.

Dordt's Current Record: 5-3 (4-2)
Opponent's Current Record: 11-14 (7-7)

Team 1st Half 2nd Half Final
Dordt College 43 31 74
Doane 50 25 75
Dordt Rebounding Leaders Total
Brandon Haan 9
Chad Huenink 6
Jim Brinks 5
Luke Ruter 5
Team Total: 35
Opponent Rebounding Leaders Total
Brent Cole 11
Luke Beerbohm 5
Kolby Hamilton 4
Team Total: 25
Dordt Scoring Leaders Total
Luke Ruter 23
Brandon Haan 21
Eric Van Maanen 15
Jim Brinks 8
Team Total: 74
Opponent Scoring Leaders Total
Brent Cole 26
Brad Hochstein 15
Todd Krauss 12
Luke Beerbohm 8
Team Total: 75
Dordt Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 25/49 51%
3-Point Field Goals: 4/8 50%
Free Throws: 20/28 71%
Opponent Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 23/46 50%
3-Point Field Goals: 11/17 65%
Free Throws: 18/31 58%

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