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Dordt College Men's Basketball vs. Hastings

January 6, 2007

(Hastings, Nebraska) For the fourth time this season the Dordt College Defender men's basketball team went to overtime, losing the Hastings College Broncos in Hastings, Nebraska 78-68.

The Defenders and Broncos battled through forty minutes of regulation where neither team was able to gain a double digit lead. The first double-digit margin came when Hastings scored the first ten points of overtime to lead 73-63.

Hastings led early in the contest, holding an 11-10 advantage with 14:42 left in the half after Scott Van Zanten knocked down a jumper. The Defenders proceeded to take the lead on a basket by Eric Van Maanen with 14:28 left in the first half. The Defenders would build up as much as a six point lead in the half before Hastings retook the lead at the 6:07 mark on a Krae Dutoit jumper to make it 24-23. Hastings led by as many as five only to have Dordt score a pair of free throws by Scott Van Zanten and a lay-up by Mark Rowenhorst in the closing minute of the half. On the final possession of the half the Defenders took the ball the length of the court and got an unlikely three-pointer by Brian Eekoff to give them a 34-32 advantage going into the lockerroom.

The see saw battle continued in the second half with ties at 39 and 45. Back to back baskets by Jon Ferrie and Mark Rowenhorst along with a Rowenhorst free throw with 11:22 left gave Dordt a 50-45 advantage. Dordt got the advantage up to 56-50 with 8:17 left. A Dutoit three-pointer neutralized the momentum and Hastings began their comeback, cutting the lead to one 5:40 left at 58-57. A basket by Chad Huenink with 5:23 left made it 60-57. Two minutes later Brian Eekhoff scored a basket to put the Defenders up 62-58 with 3:22 left. Dordt would not score again until a Scott Van Zanten free throw with :25 left in the game tied it at 63-63. Hastings had taken the lead on a pair of free throws by Bobby Kempf with :52 left in the game.

Hastings scored the first ten points of the overtime and led 73-63 with 2:04 left in the extra session. Dordt got no closer than seven after that, dropping their second overtime decision against two wins in extra session basketball this season.

Dordt was 22-53 from the floor for 41.5 percent and 5-15 from the three-point line while making 19-25 free throws for 76 percent.

Brian Eekoff led Dordt wtih 13 points and 11 rebounds while Logan Kingma added 12 off the bench. Eric Van Maanen converted 10 points and Chad Huenink, Scott Van Zanten and Mark Rowenhorst all had seven points. Eekhoff had 11 rebounds and Eric Van Maanen dished out five assists and Derek Keizer had four with four steals.

Hastings was led by Dutoit's 20 points and Scott Wissing had 20 points on 8-13 shooting including 3-4 three pointers. Bobby Kempf and Michael Etzemiller all had nine points. Hastings was 22-48 from the floor for 45.8 percent and converted 26-38 free throws for 68.4 percent. Rebounding was dead even at 33-33.

Dordt is now 5-2 in the GPAC and 12-6 overall while Hastings improved to 5-2 and 12-6 as well. Dordt will face Sioux Falls on Wednesday at 8:00. Sioux Falls is 7-1 in the league and 17-1 overall.

Other GPAC scores from the weekend included:

Dakota Wesleyan def. Dana 73-70
Sioux Falls def. Midland Lutheran 73-64
Northwestern def. Nebraska Wesleyan 92-78
Doane def. Morningside 81-77
Briar Cliff def. Concordia 76-63

Dordt's Current Record: 12-6 (5-2)
Opponent's Current Record: 12-6 (5-2)

Team 1st Half 2nd Half OT 1 Final
Dordt College 35 28 5 68
Hastings 33 30 15 78
Dordt Rebounding Leaders Total
Brian Eekhoff 11
Scott Van Zanten 5
Chad Huenink 5
Team Total: 33
Opponent Rebounding Leaders Total
Scott Wissing 6
Jeremiah Slough 5
Michael Etzemiller 5
Team Total: 33
Dordt Scoring Leaders Total
Brian Eekhoff 13
Logan Kingma 12
Eric Van Maanen 10
Team Total: 68
Opponent Scoring Leaders Total
Scott Wissing 20
Krae Dutoit 20
Team Total: 78
Dordt Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 22/53 42%
3-Point Field Goals: 5/15 33%
Free Throws: 19/25 76%
Opponent Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 22/48 46%
3-Point Field Goals: 8/16 50%
Free Throws: 26/38 68%

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