Dordt College Men's Basketball vs. Sioux Falls
February 25, 2006
(Sioux Falls, South Dakota) The Dordt College Defender men's basketball team earned their second trip to the Great Plains Athletic Conference title game in four years with a 68-67 win over the Sioux Falls Cougar at the Stewart Center in Sioux Falls Saturday night.
The Cougars led early, riding the shooting of Ryan Millsap to build a 29-19 lead with 5:27 left in the first half. The Defenders scrapped their way in with six points in a row by Luke Ruter to make it 31-28 and the Defenders hung tough to stay within four at halftime 36-32.
The Defenders got back to back buckets by Luke Ruter and Scott Van Zanten to open the half and the score was tied again at 38, 40 and 42 before Dordt took the lead for good at 44-42. The Defenders took a ten point lead, their biggest of the game, at 60-50 with 7:43 left on a three-pointer by Luke Ruter. The Defenders were able to maintain the ten point lead at 66-56 with 5:05 left before Sioux Falls put together the charge everyone knew was coming. Nine unanswered points made it 66-65 with 3:13 left. Dordt snapped the string when Mark Rowenhorst scored on two free throws after getting fouled on the perimeter with 2:35 left. Dordt would not score again. Sioux Falls got their final points on an Eric De Pue lay up with 1:38 remaining. Sioux Falls had the last possession and with :08 remaining and got a shot from Dylan Kvaale that missed and a De Pue putback was off the mark and Dordt had their 22nd win of the season.
Dordt made 25-52 shots from the floor for 48 percent including 12-24 in the second half and were paced by Luke Ruter with 19 and Brandon Haan with 14. Rowenhorst had seven points, all in the second half and Jim Brinks and Scott Van Zanten added six each. Derek Keizer ahd a team high three assists and Haan had two assists and two steals. Dordt was 15-15 from the floor.
Sioux Falls got 17 points from Ryan Millsap, all in the first half while De Pue had 13 points and Eric Ables 11.
The win avenged two regular season losses by Dordt at the hands of the Cougars.
Morningside beat Northwestern in the other semifinal 99-98 in overtime in Sioux City.
Dordt's Current Record: 9-4 (6-3)
Opponent's Current Record: 22-8 (15-3)
|Team||1st Half||2nd Half||Final|
|Dordt Rebounding Leaders||Total|
|Scott Van Zanten||5|
|Opponent Rebounding Leaders||Total|
|Dordt Scoring Leaders||Total|
|Scott Van Zanten||6|
|Opponent Scoring Leaders||Total|
|Eric De Pue||13|
|Dordt Team Shooting||Pct|
|3-Point Field Goals:||3/10||30%|
|Opponent Team Shooting||Pct|
|3-Point Field Goals:||8/19||42%|
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