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Dordt College Men's Basketball vs. GPAC Finals-Morningside

February 28, 2006

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(Sioux City, Iowa) The Dordt College Defender men's basketball team lost a 71-62 decision at the hands of the Morningside Mustangs in Great Plains Athletic Conference post-season tournament championship in Sioux City, Iowa on Tuesday night.

The Defenders took the early lead at 10-2 on a layup by Jim Brinks with five minutes gone in the game. Morningside cut the lead to 16-13 eventually but the Defenders held Morningside scoreless for 7:15 while building a 26-13 advantage. The Defenders managed a 30-17 lead at halftime, limiting Morningside to 5-23 shooting from the floor.

The second half started innocently enough for the Defenders with Scott Van Zanten making it 34-22 with 15:21 left in the game. The Defenders wouldn't score another point until the 8:29 mark when Derek Keizer made it 40-36, snapping the Mustangs 18-0 run. During that stretch the Defenders turned the ball over 10 times. Dordt was never able to get closer than eight the rest of the way, losing to Morningside for the first time this season.

Dordt was topped by Luke Ruter and Mark Rowenhorst with 12 points each. Scott Van Zanten and Brandon Haan both had nine points and Derek Keizer had eight points, five assists and four steals. Van Zanten and Jim Brinks had seven rebounds a piece as Dordt held a 43-32 board edge.

Morningside was led by Brad Schmit and Matt Johnson with 14 points each and Tim Johnson had nine rebounds.

Dordt's Current Record: 22-9 (12-6)
Opponent's Current Record: 26-6 (14-4)

Team 1st Half 2nd Half Final
Dordt College 30 32 62
GPAC Finals-Morningside 17 54 71
Dordt Rebounding Leaders Total
Jim Brinks 7
Scott Van Zanten 7
Chad Huenink 6
Brandon Haan 6
Team Total: 43
Opponent Rebounding Leaders Total
Tim Johnson 9
Team Total: 32
Dordt Scoring Leaders Total
Mark Rowenhorst 12
Luke Ruter 12
Brandon Haan 9
Scott Van Zanten 9
Team Total: 62
Opponent Scoring Leaders Total
Brad Schmidt 14
Matt Johnson 14
Team Total: 71
Dordt Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 22/60 37%
3-Point Field Goals: 3/16 19%
Free Throws: 15/17 88%
Opponent Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 19/52 37%
3-Point Field Goals: 4/17 24%
Free Throws: 29/33 88%

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