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Dordt College Men's Basketball vs. Northwestern

January 27, 2007

(Sioux Center, Iowa) The Northwestern Red Raiders pulled away late in their Saturday night game with the Dordt College Defenders in Sioux Center, Iowa for a 76-59 win in Great Plains Athletic Conference play.

The Raiders used a strong defensive second half to score the 17 point win and earn a split in the season series.

Northwestern took the early lead on five straight points by Kale Wiertzema but Dordt came back to take a lead at 10-9 on a basket by Chad Huenink. Norhtwestern had an answer with Chad Schuiteman giving them the lead iwth 13:02 remaining. Northwestern briefly extended the lead to four with Dordt coming back to take the lead at 20-19 on a pair of Scott Van Zanten free throws.

Dordt led by a 22-20 count on a Van Zanten layup with 7:03 left only to have Northwestern go on a 7-0 run, capping the run with a Wade Vander Maten jumper, the only shot he would hit the entire night, wtih 4:50 left. A Michael Eekhoff basket coupled with a Chad Huenink jumper tied the game at 28 but Dordt would never regain the lead, trailing 36-33 at halftime.

The Raiders built on that lead in the second half, getting up 51-40 with 13:12 left. During that stretch Curt Schilling converted two three point field goals and two-two point field goals. Dordt did make a run scoring ten points in a row on a Scott Van Zanten three and a Logan Kingma three. Kingma also made a pair of free throws and Eric Van Maanen converted a layup to make it 51-50 wtih 11:24 remaining. The two teams then got stuck at 53-50 for over a minute and were at 59-56 from the 8:06 mark to the 4:54 mark with Northwestern finally restarting the scoring on a pair of Mark De Younge free throws. Northwestern would go on to outscore Dordt 17-3 in the final 4:54 for the win with Dordt getting no closer than four the rest of the way.

Dordt was limited to 21-58 shooting from the floor for 36.2 percent and 3-12 on three pointers. Northwestern made 25-52 shots for 48.1 percent and was 7-14 from the three-point line for 50.0 percent. Dordt was led by Logan Kingma with 13 points while Scott Van Zanten added nine and Eric Van Maanen seven. Jonathon Ferrie and Chad Huenink both had six points and Brian Eekhoff five.

Northwestern's Andrew Stimson had 16 points on 5-11 shooting and got several of those late in the game. Chad Schuiteman had 14 and Kale Wiertzema and Curt Schilling put in 13 a piece.

Northwestern held the rebounding edge wtih a 36-32 advantage led by Schuiteman and Karl Towns with eight each while Brian Eekhoff had six and Van Zanten five for the Defenders. Van Zanten and Van Maanen both had three assists and Van Zanten snagged five steals. Schuiteman led all players with six assists.

Dordt is now 15-9 overall and 8-5 in the league while Northwestern is 17-6 overall and 10-3 in the conference. Northwestern has now won six games in a row.

Dordt travels to Mount Marty on Wednesday to face the Lancers at the Laddie E. Cimpl arena in Yankton, South Dakota.

Other GPAC scores from Saturday
Hastings def. Morningside 79-75
Mount Marty def. Nebraska Wesleyan 68-65
Dana def. Midland Lutheran 80-78 ot
Dakota Wesleyan def. Sioux Falls 72-60
Doane def. Briar Cliff 82-78

GPAC Standings through games on Saturday, January 27
Norhtwestern 10-3
Sioux Falls 10-3
Dakota Wesleyan 9-3
Dordt 8-5
Hastings 8-5
Midland Lutheran 7-5
Doane 7-5
Morningside 8-6
Dand 6-7
Mount Marty 4-9
Briar Cliff 3-10
Nebraska Wesleyan 2-11
Concordia 1-11

Dordt's Current Record: 15-9 (8-5)
Opponent's Current Record: 17-6 (10-3)

Team 1st Half 2nd Half Final
Dordt College 33 26 59
Northwestern 36 40 76
Dordt Rebounding Leaders Total
Brian Eekhoff 6
Scott Van Zanten 5
Michael Eekhoff 4
Logan Kingma 4
Team Total: 32
Opponent Rebounding Leaders Total
Kale Wiertzema 8
Chad Schuiteman 8
Team Total: 36
Dordt Scoring Leaders Total
Logan Kingma 13
Scott Van Zanten 9
Eric Van Maanen 7
Team Total: 59
Opponent Scoring Leaders Total
Andrew Stimson 16
Chad Schuiteman 15
Kale Wiertzema 13
Curt Schilling 13
Team Total: 76
Dordt Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 21/58 36%
3-Point Field Goals: 3/12 25%
Free Throws: 14/19 74%
Opponent Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 25/52 48%
3-Point Field Goals: 7/14 50%
Free Throws: 19/25 76%

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