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Dordt College Men's Basketball vs. Doane

February 3, 2007

(Sioux Center, Iowa) The Dordt College Defender men's basketball team pulled out an dramatic win on Saturday afternoon at the De Witt Gym in Sioux Center Iowa over the Doane Tigers 70-69.

The Defenders salvaged the win after falling behind by four points in the late stages of the critical conference contest.

Dordt led the entire first half pulling away from a 12-11 advantage wtih 13:46 left in the half to a 20-11 advantage, keyed by a Scott Van Zanten jumper, a Chad Huenink free throw, a Michael Eekhoff free throw, a Logan Kingma field goal and a layup by Eekhoff with 10:02 left in the half. After five straight points by the Tigers the Defenders went on a six point run to extend the lead to double-digits on a free throw by Brian Eekhoff with 5:53 left in the half. Dordt eventually led by a 32-30 advantage with 2:55 left on a Logan Kingma jumper. Doane closed the half with a field goal with :43 left by Brent Cole to send the game to the break at 34-26.

Doane immediately made a game of it with Todd Kraus hitting three-three pointers at the start of the half to get the Dordt lead down to 42-41 with 14:52 left in the game. Dordt held the first charge off and re-established a six point lead on an Eric Van Maanen three-point basket at 49-43 with 12:41 left in the game. Doane charged back again taking their first lead of the game at 53-51 with 9:07 remaining in the contest on a Kolby Hamilton basket and free throw. The reserve post player ended the game with 12 points for Doane.

Doane held a four point lead shortly after wtih a Ben Streck making the score 55-51. Dordt responded with an old fashioned three-point play by Scott Van Zanten and the Defender retook the lead on a Van Zanten jumper with 7:39 left. With steady defense the Defenders pushed the lead to 65-59 with 3:47 remaining on a Brian Eekhoff jump shot. Todd Kraus re-emerged with a jump shot for Doane to cut the lead down and then got a lay-up after a steal to make it 65-63 with 3:08 left in the game.

After a Dordt College turnover, the Tigers worked the ball in to Brent Cole who was fouled by Logan Kingma with 1:33 left. On the same play a technical foul was issued and Cole went to the free throw line and made all four tries, two for the technical and two for the foul call to give Doane a 67-65 lead.

After a timeout, the Defenders got the ball to Eric Van Maanen who drove from the right wing and got fouled, made both free throws, tying the game with 1:22 left in the game.

Doane's Dane Cruz took a jump shot with 1:13 left and Dordt again got the ball to Van Maanen who was again fouled on a drive from the wing. This time Van Maanen made one of two shots to give Dordt a 68-67 lead with :51. Doane took the ensuing possession and ran the clock down to :21 left and Cruz drove the lane knocking down a drive in the lane for a 69-68 lead. After a Dordt timeout at midcourt, the Defenders inbounded with :15 left. A loose ball resulted on the play, Van Maanen retrieved it in the backcourt, tried to drive and was bumped by Cruz with :05 left. Van Maanen sank both free throws for a 70-69 lead. Cruz took the inbounds pass, raced the length of the court, got a shot in the lane that rimmed off and a Kolby Hamilton tip with :01 left hit iron and came out and the final tip, which did go through the hoop, was ruled after the horn.

Dordt was nearly done in by 25 turnovers, but made up for the miscues with 25-45 shooting from the floor for 55.6 percent. Doane made 27-58 shots for 46.6 percent. The Defenders made 18-23 free throws while Doane converted 12-16. Dordt did out-rebound the Tigers 36-20.

Dordt was led by Eric Van Maanen's 18 points on 6-14 shooting and 5-6 free throws. Logan Kingma added 15 points with three rebounds before fouling out. Kingma had 13 points in the first half. Brian Eekhoff hit for 13 points and seven rebounds while Van Zanten had 12 points, nine rebounds and two steals. Van Maanen led teh Defenders with foru steals. Chad Huenink came off the bench to rake in five rebounds and Michael Eekhoff had four rebounds and two assists and Derek Kiezer had a pair of assists and two steals for Dordt.

Doane was led by Brent Cole's 24 points and seven rebounds while Todd Kraus had 17 poins and Dane Cruz and Kolby Hamilton had 11 each.

Dordt is now 10-5 in the league and 17-9 overall while Doane is 14-10 and 8-7.

GPAC scores from Saturday:
Morningside def. Midland Lutheran 91-73
Concordia def. Mount Marty 75-72
Northwestern def. Dana 106-65
Sioux Falls def. Hastings 74-69
Dakota Wesleyan def. Nebraska Wesleyan 74-53

GPAC standings:
Sioux Falls 11-3
Northwestern 11-3
Dakota Wesleyan 10-4
Dordt 10-5
Morningside 10-6
Hastings 10-6
Doane 8-7
Midland Lutheran 7-7
Dana 6-8
Briar Cliff 5-9
Mount Marty 4-11
Nebraska Wesleyan 2-13
Concordia 2-12

Dordt's Current Record: 17-9 (10-5)
Opponent's Current Record: 14-10 (8-7)

Team 1st Half 2nd Half Final
Dordt College 34 36 70
Doane 26 43 69
Dordt Rebounding Leaders Total
Scott Van Zanten 9
Brian Eekhoff 7
Chad Huenink 5
Michael Eekhoff 4
Team Total: 36
Opponent Rebounding Leaders Total
Brent Cole 7
Dane Cruz 4
Kolby Hamilton 4
Team Total: 20
Dordt Scoring Leaders Total
Eric Van Maanen 18
Logan Kingma 15
Brian Eekhoff 13
Scott Van Zanten 12
Team Total: 70
Opponent Scoring Leaders Total
Brent Cole 24
Todd Kraus 17
Dane Cruz 11
Team Total: 69
Dordt Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 25/45 56%
3-Point Field Goals: 2/9 22%
Free Throws: 18/23 78%
Opponent Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 27/58 47%
3-Point Field Goals: 3/11 27%
Free Throws: 12/16 75%

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