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Dordt College Men's Basketball vs. Mount Marty

January 31, 2007

(Yankton, South Dakota) Dordt College locked themselves up Wednesday night in another tough battle with Mount Marty. Dordt scraped away from a scare and won the hard fought battle by a final of 70-67. The win was Dordt's first at the Laddie Cimpl Arena since a South Dakota Iowa Conference semifinal win at the end of the 1997-1998 basketball season.

The first half started off slow with only 22 total points scored by both teams through ten minutes. Dordt streched their lead to 8 with 7:22 to go in the game off a free-throw shot from Brian Eekoff. Mount Marty slowly fought back to get within 4 with 4:21 left but Dordt pulled away to a 7 point lead at half, 33-26.

The second half started off back and forth until Dordt pulled away to a 10 point advantage with 16:48 remaining in the half. Mount Marty fought back and with a 2-point bucket near the 8 minute mark had the lead down to one at 56-55. Dordt slowly gained a little breathing room, leading by as much as seven after a basket by Scott Van Zanten with 5:04 left.

The hosts refused to fade though, tying the game at 66-66 on a basket by Stan Johnson with :56 left in the game--the first time the game was tied since the score stood 5-5. The Lancers took the first lead of the game at 67-66 when Nathan Fischer got the second of two free throw attempts to drop through.

After a timeout, the Defenders got a shot from Briarn Eekhoff that missed. A tip by Scott Van Zanten missed and Eekhoff finally knocked the put back down to give Dordt a 68-67 lead with :09.5 left. After another timeout Lancers inbounded to Pat Anderson who lost the ball on the floor and Eric Van Maanen grabbed the loose ball, his fifth steal of the game and made two free throws with :02.2 remaining to ice the game at 70-67.

Dordt finished the night at 24-55 from the field and 17-24 from the line. They also pulled down 34 boards. Mount Marty went 25-48 and hit 3-6 three point attempts. They lost the rebounding battle by ten pulling down only 24 rebounds.

Dordt finished with four players in double figures. Eric Van Maanen finished with 19 points making 4-10 field goals. Brian Eekoff and Scott Van Zanten both finished with 12 points while Eekhoff pulled down nine boards and Van Zanten five. Logan Kingma also had a good night with 10 points and eight caroms. Derek Keizer dished out four assists with seven points and one steal while Mark Rowenhorst and Jonathan Ferrie each had five points off the bench. Derek Keizer set a new Dordt College record with his four assists, lifting his career total to 471, passing Kevin Gesink with 469 for the all-time honor.

Mount Marty also had four players in double figures and were led by Pat Anderson who finished the night with 17 points and also had 4 assists. Nathan Fischer had 15 points in 34 minutes while Chris Filsinger and Stan Johnson both scored 12. Mount Marty was led in rebounding by Stan with 7 boards.

Mount Marty falls to 9-16 and 4-10 in the conference while Dordt boosts themselves to 16-9 and 9-5 in conference play. Dordt will face Doane at home on Saturday, February 3 at 4:00 PM

Other scores from the GPAC
Morningside def. Dakota Wesleyan 96-85
Briar Cliff def. Concordia 59-58 ot
Hastings def. Midland Lutheran 64-61

GPAC Standings through games on Wednesday, January 31
Sioux Falls 10-3
Northwestern 10-3
Dakota Wesleyan 9-4
Dordt 9-5
Hastings 9-5
Morningside 9-6
Doane 8-6
Midland Lutheran 7-6
Dana 6-7
Briar Cliff 5-9
Mount Marty 4-10
Nebraska Wesleyan 2-12
Concordia 1-13

Dordt's Current Record: 16-9 (9-5)
Opponent's Current Record: 9-16 (4-10)

Team 1st Half 2nd Half Final
Dordt College 33 37 70
Mount Marty 26 41 67
Dordt Rebounding Leaders Total
Brian Eekhoff 9
Logan Kingma 8
Scott Van Zanten 5
Team Total: 34
Opponent Rebounding Leaders Total
Stan Johnson 7
Chris Filsinger 5
Team Total: 24
Dordt Scoring Leaders Total
Eric Van Maanen 19
Scott Van Zanten 12
Brian Eekhoff 12
Logan Kingma 10
Team Total: 70
Opponent Scoring Leaders Total
Pat Anderson 17
Nathan Fischer 15
Chris Filsinger 12
Stan Johnson 12
Team Total: 67
Dordt Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 24/55 44%
3-Point Field Goals: 5/12 42%
Free Throws: 17/21 81%
Opponent Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 25/48 52%
3-Point Field Goals: 3/6 50%
Free Throws: 14/21 67%

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