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Dordt College Men's Basketball vs. Graceland

December 14, 2006

(Lamoni, Iowa) The Dordt College Defender men's basketball team stumbled in the first half against Graceland on Thursday night in a non-conference game at Lamoni, Iowa and paid for it with a loss by a final count of 75-68.

The Defender held one lead at 3-2 on a three pointer by Eric Van Maanen as the hosts pulled in front for good on the next possession on a Aundrae Williams basket. A Mark Rowenhorst lay-up cut the lead down to 19-14 with 12:01 left in the half but a 14-0 run by the Yellow Jackets gave them their biggest lead of the game with 6:53 left in the half at 33-14. A pair of Brian Eekhoff free throws snapped the run but the damage was done.

Dordt trailed 40-27 at halftime and steadily worked their way back into the game, steadily trimming the lead down. A Chad Huenink basket with 11:49 left in the game made it a single-digit game for the first time since the first half at 53-45. The Defenders eventually wittled the lead down to three with 4:57 left in the game on a pair of Scott Van Zanten free throws and got as close as 65-63 on a tip-in by Van Zante with 2:36 left. Three straight baskets by Graceland put Dordt on their heels and they were never able to recover, losing by the final seven point margin.

Dordt was 21-50 from the floor and 3-13 on three-pointers while making 23-29 free throws. Graceland made 24-46 shots for 52.2 percent with 3-6 three-pointers and 24-36 free throws with 30 of those free throw attempts coming in the second half.

Dordt wsaa led by Van Zanten and Eric Van Maanen with 12 points each while Eekhoff had 10 points and 11 rebounds and Huenink contributed 10 points while making 4-5 field goals. Kris Vander Kooy contributed seven.

Graceland was led by Chase Moore with 18 points and Aundrae Williams knocked down 14. Graceland held the edg on the glass 33-28 with Andrew Williams snaring seven.

Dordt is 11-3 while Graceland is now 2-8 with both of those wins coming over GPAC teams, their other win was a decision over Doane College in November.

Dordt will travel to Oakland, California to play Holy Names and Dominican in a classic on December 29 and 30.

Dordt's Current Record: 11-3 (5-0)
Opponent's Current Record: 2-8 (0-0)

Team 1st Half 2nd Half Final
Dordt College 27 41 68
Graceland 40 35 75
Dordt Rebounding Leaders Total
Brian Eekhoff 11
Carlie Landegent 5
Team Total: 28
Opponent Rebounding Leaders Total
Andrew Williams 11
Team Total: 33
Dordt Scoring Leaders Total
Scott Van Zanten 12
Eric Van Maanen 12
Chad Huenink 10
Brian Eekhoff 10
Team Total: 68
Opponent Scoring Leaders Total
Chase Moore 18
Aundrae Williams 14
Team Total: 75
Dordt Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 21/50 42%
3-Point Field Goals: 3/13 23%
Free Throws: 23/29 79%
Opponent Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 24/46 52%
3-Point Field Goals: 3/6 50%
Free Throws: 24/36 67%

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