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Dordt College Men's Basketball vs. Morningside

November 29, 2006

(Sioux City, Iowa) The Dordt College Defender men's basketball team went on the road for the third straight game in Great Plains Athletic Conference play and earned their third win of the GPAC season with a tense 91-83 win over the Morningside Mustangs at Allee Gym in Sioux City.

The Defender dropped behind 15-8 on a basket by Seth Atkins with 16:02 left in the first half. The Defenders fought back with seven straight points, the final two on a layup by Chad Huenink after a steal by Russ Griese with 13:12 left in the half.

Both teams were extremely hot from the field in the first half as the highly entertaining contest went back an forth till halftime. Dordt extended the lead to five on two different occasions in the first half, once at 36-31 on a basket by Huenink and again at 38-33 on a jumper by Griese. Morningside took a brief lead at 39-38 with six unanswered points but a pair of three-pointers near the end of the half, one by Mark Rowenhorst and another by Kris Vander Kooy with time winding down gave Dordt a 45-41 halftime lead.

The Mustangs scored the first six points of the second half on two Jack Rother jumpers and a Seth Atkins layup. Dordt regrouped and retook the lead on a three pointer by Eric Van Maanen and the teams fought to a 52-52 tie with 17:02 remaining in regulation. Five different players scored for Dordt College on an 11-0 run that ended at the 12:19 mark on a Rother jumper to make the difference 63-54.

Morningside came all the way back to tie it at 83-83 with :52 remaining. After timeout the Defenders ran a set play where Logan Kingma got the basketball at the free throw line, ran through his options and then took his man off the dribble and banked a shot in while getting fouled with :37 remaining and made the free throw, one of eight the freshman converted in eight tries. Brian Eekhoff was fouled on a rebound on the next possession and the Defenders went on to outscore Morningside 8-0 from the 83-83 tie for a final score of 91-83.

Dordt made 33-57 shots from the floor for 57.9 percent while Morningside was equal to the task by making 30-52 shots for 57.7 percent. Morningside was 15-21 in the first half for 71.4 percent while Dordt was a shade behind in shooting at 18-27 in the initial twenty minute stanza.

Russ Griese led the Dordt offense with 19 points on 8-14 shooting including 3-7 three-pointers. Brian Eekhoff had 17 and Logan Kingma 14 with ten of his points coming in the final ten minutes. Eric Van Maanen converted for nine points and Chad Huenink was good for nine points and six rebounds. Mark Rowenhorst had eight points and eight rebounds while Eekhoff had 10 rebounds to lead the Defenders to a 31-23 board advantage. Derek Keizer had five points, six assists and three steals while Van Maanen had a game high four swipes.

Morningside's Jack Rother had 22 points while making 10-16 shots and Thomas Pargett converted 16. Shane Michael was 4-6 on three-pointers and ended with 14 while Seth Atkins added 13 for a team that is now 6-3 overall and 2-1 in the conference. Rother also got eight rebounds for the hosts and Matt Johnson had a game high nine assists.

Dordt improved to 8-1 overall and ran their winning streak to eight points and are 3-0 in the conference heading into their first home conference game of the season on Saturday against a Midland Lutheran team that beat Doane in their most recent outing on Tuesday night. Dordt has now beaten Morningside in three of their last four outings and have beaten the Mustangs in the regular season meeting at Allee Gym the past three years.

Dordt's Current Record: 8-1 (3-0)
Opponent's Current Record: 6-3 (2-1)

Team 1st Half 2nd Half Final
Dordt College 45 46 91
Morningside 41 42 83
Dordt Rebounding Leaders Total
Brian Eekhoff 10
Mark Rowenhorst 8
Team Total: 31
Opponent Rebounding Leaders Total
Jack Rother 8
Team Total: 23
Dordt Scoring Leaders Total
Russ Griese 19
Brian Eekhoff 17
Logan Kingma 14
Team Total: 91
Opponent Scoring Leaders Total
Jack Rother 22
Thomas Pargett 16
Shane Micheal 14
Seth Atkins 13
Team Total: 83
Dordt Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 33/57 58%
3-Point Field Goals: 8/17 47%
Free Throws: 17/26 65%
Opponent Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 30/52 58%
3-Point Field Goals: 7/18 39%
Free Throws: 16/23 70%

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