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Dordt College Men's Basketball vs. Holy Names (CA)-Holy Names Classic

December 30, 2006

(Oakland, California) The Dordt College Defender men's baksetbal team earned a split of their games at Oakland, California in the Holy Names New Year's Classic with an 81-77 victory over the host school on Saturday night.

The Defenders gave up a three-point basket to start the game but fought back with a steady diet of Eric Van Maanen field goals and Mark Rowenhorst baskets. The two teams battled to a tie at 16-16 with 14:00 left in the half and the Defenders responeded by establishing a six point lead at 31-25. Holy Names responded by outscoring Dordt 8-2 for a tie at 33, only to have Dordt pull in front again at 41-34, their biggest lead of the first half. Again the Hawks had an answer, reeling off seven points in a row to tie it at 41-41 with 1:00 left in the half. A pair of free throws by Brian Eekhoff and another pair by Russ Griese gave Dordt a 45-41 lead going into the half.

Dordt led most of the second half, steadily growing the lead to 63-55 on a Brian Eekhoff basket with 8:34 left. Holy Names countered by cutting the lead to 64-62 and the game was tight the rest of the way. The hosts actually tied the game at 72-72 with 2:04 left. A driving basket by Chad Huenink gave Dordt a lead and after a foul shot by Huenink to complete the three-point play, the Defenders had a lead they wouldn't relinquish the rest of the way. A pair of Scott Van Zanten free throws made it a two possession game with :09 left in regulation and Mark Rowenhorst extended the lead to four again with :06 left after Holy Names converted a quick two-point basket.

Dordt was 31-58 from the floor and was led by Eric Van Maanen's 17 poitns on 8-12 shooting. Mark Rowenhorst came off the bench for 13 and Brian Eekhoff added 11. Eekhoff also snared 11 rebounds to lead all palyers and Derek Keizer had four assists with a steal. Russ Griese had two blocked shots to go along with six points while Chad Huenink scored nine and Van Zanten eight.

Holy Names was paced by Marshall Hartman's 20 points and four other players hit for double figures.

Dordt is now 12-4 and will resume conference play on Wednesday, January 3 in the second game of a doubleheader beginning with the women's game at 6:00. Holy Names falls ot 5-11 with the loss.

Dordt's Current Record: 12-4 (5-0)
Opponent's Current Record: 5-11 (0-0)

Team 1st Half 2nd Half Final
Dordt College 45 36 81
Holy Names (CA)-Holy Names Classic 41 36 77
Dordt Rebounding Leaders Total
Brian Eekhoff 11
Chad Huenink 5
Logan Kingma 4
Team Total: 39
Opponent Rebounding Leaders Total
Josh Dozier 10
Marshall Hartman 7
Nick Stephens 7
Team Total: 32
Dordt Scoring Leaders Total
Eric Van Maanen 17
Mark Rowenhorst 13
Brian Eekhoff 11
Chad Huenink 9
Team Total: 81
Opponent Scoring Leaders Total
Marshall Hartman 20
Julius Cumlat 12
Nick Stephens 12
Alex Huemann 10
Team Total: 77
Dordt Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 31/58 53%
3-Point Field Goals: 4/12 33%
Free Throws: 15/18 83%
Opponent Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 29/69 42%
3-Point Field Goals: 10/26 38%
Free Throws: 9/13 69%

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