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Dordt College Men's Basketball vs. Dakota Wesleyan

January 17, 2007

(Sioux Center, Iowa) The Dordt College Defenders trailed from the start and were never able to formulate a full comeback on Wednesday night, losing to the Dakota Wesleyan Tigers 96-73 in Great Plains Athletic Conference play at the De Witt Gym in Sioux Center, Iowa.

The Tigers got out of the chute quickly, racing to a 27-12 lead with 9:56 left to go in the half. While the Defenders weren't able to slow the Tigers much over the rest of the half, Dordt did get on track offensively, cutting the lead to three with :20 left on a basket by Brian Eekhoff off an assist from Michael Eekhoff. Wesleyan answered with a long three-pointer by Kevin Talley at the buzzer to re-establish a six point margin at 49-43.

In the second half the lead went back to double digits and stood 57-46 with 17:45 remaining in the contest when Brock Seim hit a pair of free throws. Dordt fougt back to within three at 57-54 when Jonathon Ferrie hit a jumper with 14:33 left. Dordt trimmed it to six again after Wesleyan extended it to nine when Ferrie hit a three-pointer with 11:24 left. Dordt would get to within six one more time at the 7:05 left on a Brian Eekhoff basket only to have Seim throw in another bomb followed by a Brian Hokenson three pointer with 5:46 left to push the lead to 12 and Dordt would never get to within single digits again, losing 96-73.

Dordt made 25-58 shots but were just 17-32 from the free throw line for 43.1 and 53.1 percent respectively. Wesleyan was 28-58 from teh floor including 9-19 three-pointers. Dakota Wesleyan also made 31-39 free throws and outrebounded Dordt 43-30.

Dordt was led by Eric Van Maanen who was 6-9 from the floor for 19 points and Brian Eekhoff added 16 along with six rebounds. Logan Kingma contributed 13 points and seven rebounds and Ferrie had ten points on 4-4 shooting from the field. Michael Eekhoff and Derek Keizer both had three assists and Kingma had three blocks and two steals.

Wesleyan's Seim led all players with 32, helped by a 16-18 free throw night. Kevin Talley and Preston Broughton also had 12 points each and Keaton Cummings had a game high 11 rebounds.

Dordt is now 13-8 overall and 6-4 in the GPAC while Wesleyan improves to 17-4 overall and 6-3 in the conference. Wesleyan was ranked 19th in the NAIA Division II rankings released earlier in the day on Wednesday.

Other GPAC scores from Wednesday:
Morningside def. Briar Cliff 76-69
Dana def. Hastings 71-60

GPAC Standings through games on Wednesday, January 17
Sioux Falls 9-1
Northwestern 8-3
Dakota Wesleyan 6-3
Morningside 7-4
Doane 6-4
Dordt 6-3
Hastings 6-4
Midland Lutheran 5-4
Dana 4-6
Mount Marty 3-7
Briar Cliff 2-8
Nebraska Wesleyan 2-8
Concordia 1-9

Dordt's Current Record: 13-8 (6-4)
Opponent's Current Record: 17-4 (6-3)

Team 1st Half 2nd Half Final
Dordt College 43 30 73
Dakota Wesleyan 49 47 96
Dordt Rebounding Leaders Total
Logan Kingma 7
Brian Eekhoff 6
Scott Van Zanten 3
Team Total: 30
Opponent Rebounding Leaders Total
Keaton Cummings 11
Brock Seim 9
Jesse Block 6
Marcus Vontz 4
Team Total: 43
Dordt Scoring Leaders Total
Eric Van Maanen 19
Brian Eekhoff 16
Logan Kingma 13
Jonathon Ferrie 10
Team Total: 73
Opponent Scoring Leaders Total
Brock Seim 32
Preston Broughton 12
Kevin Talley 12
Jesse Block 10
Team Total: 96
Dordt Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 25/58 43%
3-Point Field Goals: 6/20 30%
Free Throws: 17/32 53%
Opponent Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 28/58 48%
3-Point Field Goals: 9/19 47%
Free Throws: 31/39 79%

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