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Dordt College Men's Basketball vs. Dakota Wesleyan

February 15, 2006

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(Sioux Center, Iowa) The Dordt College Defender men refused to lose this evening in a Great Plains Athletic Conference game at the De Witt Gym, fighting back from a late seven point disadvantage to forge a 69-65 win over the Dakota Wesleyan Tigers, avenging a January loss at the Corn Palace and earning at least fourth place in the GPAC regular season race in the process.

The Defenders trailed early as Wesleyan built an 18-13 lead with 9:16 left in the first half on a Keaton Cummings lay-in. The hosts responded with a stifling defensive performance over the rest of the half, shutting Wesleyan out utnil the 4:21 mark, building a 30-19 lead eventually on a Brandon Haan jumper with 2:54 remaining in the half. Wesleyan finally got going again, trimming disadvantage to 33-29 on a Brock Seim free throw to convert a three point play with :21 left in the half.

The Defenders held for one shot and Josh Boyer drained a three pointer from the right baseline, his second of the first half, to re-establish a 36-29 halftime lead.

Wesleyan came out firing in the second half, tying the game at 47 wtih 9:25 left on a three-pointer by Brock Seim. The University of South Dakota transfer continued to carry his team, helping them to a 60-53 lead with 6:11 left on an old-fashioned three-point play. The free throw was Seim's 22nd point of the game, and the junior would score only one more basket. Dordt got a three-pointer by Scott Van Zanten to give them hope with 5:25 left and a pair of free-throws by Luke Ruter made it a two point game with 4:52 left. Wesleyan retook a three point lead at 63-60 with 3:40 left but Josh Boyer gave the Defenders momentum with a three-pointer of his own with 3:08 left. After a middle of the lane bank shot by Wesleyan's Preston Broughton, the Defneders got their biggest shot of the night, a Luke Ruter arrow that found the center of the basket with 1:03 remaining from 23 feet. The possession was set up by a Brandon Haan steal on defense. Wesleyan had two possessions after the three pointer. One resulted in a turnover, the other a missed shot by Kevin Talley with one second remaining.

Dordt made one free throw at the end to seal the four point win.

Dordt locks up a first round tournament bye and a home game on Thursday, February 23 against a team to be determined after first round play on Tuesday, February 21.

Luke Ruter had a game high 26 points while Brandon Haan had 16 points and 14 rebounds with two blocked shots and two steals. Scott Van Zanten had 10 points and eight rebounds while Josh Boyer had nine points off the bench, converting 3-6 three-pointers. Derek Keizer had six assists and Mark Rowenhorst three.

Wesleyan was led by Seim's 24 while Steven Deibert added 12 and Kevin Talley 10. Seim had 13 rebounds and three steals for his full night.

Dordt's Current Record: 19-8 (11-6)
Opponent's Current Record: 14-16 (7-11)

Team 1st Half 2nd Half Final
Dordt College 36 33 69
Dakota Wesleyan 29 36 65
Dordt Rebounding Leaders Total
Brandon Haan 14
Scott Van Zanten 8
Team Total: 44
Opponent Rebounding Leaders Total
Brock Seim 13
Team Total: 28
Dordt Scoring Leaders Total
Luke Ruter 26
Brandon Haan 16
Scott Van Zanten 10
Josh Boyer 9
Team Total: 69
Opponent Scoring Leaders Total
Brock Seim 24
Steven Deibert 12
Kevin Talley 10
Team Total: 65
Dordt Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 25/59 42%
3-Point Field Goals: 8/21 38%
Free Throws: 11/15 73%
Opponent Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 24/56 43%
3-Point Field Goals: 6/20 30%
Free Throws: 11/15 73%

For more information, please contact Mike Byker, Sports Information Director, at mbyker@dordt.edu or (712) 722-6301.