Dordt College Men's Basketball vs. Dominican (CA)

December 29, 2006

(Oakland, California)

The Dordt College Defender men's basketball team lost a 70-64 decision to the Dominican (California) Penguin basketball team at the Holy Names New Year's Classic in Oakland, California.

The Defenders trailed from the outset, allowing a three-point basket by Dominican to start the scoring. Dordt trimmed a lead that was six at 15-9 down to a tie with 9:00 remaining in the first half at 17-17. The Penguins went on a 10-0 run over the next 2:36 to extend the lead to 27-17 before Mark Rowenhorst broke the string with a floater on the baseline. Dominican actually ran the lead up to 13 at 34-21 before a Russ Griese basket off an inbounds play and a tap-in by Carlie Landegent off a missed lay-in the buzzer made it a nine point game, 34-25 at halftime.

Dordt came back with pressure defense in the second half and fought back to a 41-41 tie with 14:30 left in the game. A Pat Fahy three-pointer gave the Penguins the lead back, beginning a 14-4 run by the San Rafael, California based school. Trailing 55-45, the Defenders made one more charge, getting the lead down to 55-54 on a Chad Huenink basket with 6:10 left in the game but the ensuing free-throw was off the mark and Dordt would never be within striking distance the rest of the game. With 2:15 left the Defenders were down 62-56. The lead steadily grew for the Penguins and a three-point basket by Russ Griese for Dordt College just before the horn made the final 70-64.

No official stats were available at the conclusion of the game.

Unofficially Dordt was led by Eric Van Maanen's 13 points while Brian Eekhoff had 12 before fouling out. Russ Griese added 10 and Scott Van Zanten nine. Chad Huenink came off the bench for six and Mark Rowenhorst also added six. Dominican was topped by Pat Fahy with 26 points on six three-pointers and four two-point field goals. Fahy had played in only 8 of the Penguins 16 points up to this point. Ari Iventosch added 11 and Michael Johnson had 10. Michael Falconer added eight off the bench while Nate Rogoff and Avery Rosen both had six.

The Defenders are now 11-4 while Dominican improved to 4-8 with the win. Dordt faces the host school, Holy Names University in Oakland, California on Saturday, December 30 at 8:00 (Central Time).

Dordt's Current Record: 11-4 (0-0)
Opponent's Current Record: 4-8 (0-0)

Team 1st Half 2nd Half Final
Dordt College 25 39 64
Dominican (CA) 34 36 70
Dordt Rebounding Leaders Total
Team Total: 0
Opponent Rebounding Leaders Total
Team Total: 0
Dordt Scoring Leaders Total
Eric Van Maanen 13
Brian Eekhoff 12
Russ Griese 10
Scott Van Zanten 9
Team Total: 64
Opponent Scoring Leaders Total
Pat Fahy 26
Ari Iventosch 11
Michael Johnson 10
Michael Falconer 8
Team Total: 70
Dordt Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 0/0
3-Point Field Goals: 0/0
Free Throws: 0/0
Opponent Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 0/0
3-Point Field Goals: 0/0
Free Throws: 0/0

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