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Dordt College Men's Basketball vs. Morningside

January 24, 2007

(Sioux Center, Iowa) The Dordt College Defenders improved to 15-8 overall and 8-4 in the Great Plains Athletic Conference with a 93-71 win over the visiting Morningside Mustangs on Wednesday at the De Witt Gym in Sioux Center, Iowa.

The Defenders took the lead for good at 13-12 with 13:55 left to go in the first half on a Mark Rowenhorst three-pointer. Dordt extended the lead to double digits at 34-23 on another Rowenhorst jumper and went into the locker room with a 42-30 lead by virtue of another Rowenhorst three-pointer wtih :08 left, capping a 17 point outburst for the sophomore guard.

Morningside got the lead down to single digits once in the second half at 50-42 with 15:47 left but a jumper by Eric Van Maanen pushed the lead to 52-42 and the Mustangs would get no closer then 12 the rest of the way. Dordt relied on Van Maanen early in the second half as the Doon, Iowa native scored the first ten points of the second half and then leaned on Brian Eekhoff in the final ten minutes as the junior post player delivered 15 points in the final quarter of the game.

Dordt was a sizzling 30-46 from the floor for 65.2 percent and made 8-13 three pointers. Mark Rowenhorst was the catalyst for the hot-shooting night, converting all nine of his tries from the floor, including 5-5 three-pointers and 4-4 free throws for a very economical 27 points. Brian Eekhoff was good for 21 on 6-9 field goals and 9-10 free throws and Eric Van Maanen, Dordt's leading scorer, had 17 points. Scott Van Zanten contributed eight and Michael Eekhoff six.

Morningside was held to 23-57 shooting for 40.4 percent and made just 8-25 three-pointers. Thomas Pargett led the Mustangs with 24 points on 7-13 field goals and 8-8 free throws while Jack Rother contributed 15. Brady Helmink came off the bench to score nine.

Dordt held a 33-23 rebounding edge with Brian Eekhoff snaring seven and Chad Huenink and Eric Van Maanen six each. Huenink and Michael Eekhoff both had three assists. Matt Johnson led all players with four assists for Morningside and Rother had eight rebounds.

Dordt is now 15-8 overall and 8-4 in the league while Morningside goes to 15-9 and 8-5 in the conference.

Other GPAC scores from Wednesday night:
Northwestern def. Sioux Falls, 79-53
Midland Lutheran def. Concordia, 80-64
Dakota Wesleyan def. Mount Marty, 75-44
Dana def. Briar Cliff, 83-82
Hastings def. Nebraska Wesleyan, 65-55

GPAC standings through games played Wednesday, January 24
Sioux Falls 10-2
Northwestern 9-3
Dakota Wesleyan 8-3
Dordt 8-4
Midland Lutheran 7-4
Morningside 8-5
Hastings 7-5
Doane 6-5
Dana 5-7
Mount Marty 3-9
Briar Cliff 3-9
Nebraska Wesleyan 2-10
Concordia 1-11

Dordt's Current Record: 15-8 (8-4)
Opponent's Current Record: 15-9 (8-5)

Team 1st Half 2nd Half Final
Dordt College 42 51 93
Morningside 30 41 71
Dordt Rebounding Leaders Total
Brian Eekhoff 7
Eric Van Maanen 6
Chad Huenink 6
Team Total: 33
Opponent Rebounding Leaders Total
Jack Rother 8
Team Total: 23
Dordt Scoring Leaders Total
Mark Rowenhorst 27
Brian Eekhoff 21
Eric Van Maanen 17
Team Total: 93
Opponent Scoring Leaders Total
Thomas Pargett 24
Jack Rother 15
Team Total: 71
Dordt Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 30/46 65%
3-Point Field Goals: 8/13 62%
Free Throws: 25/29 86%
Opponent Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 23/57 40%
3-Point Field Goals: 8/25 32%
Free Throws: 17/21 81%

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