Dordt College Men's Basketball vs. Sioux Falls

February 7, 2007

(Sioux Center, Iowa) The Sioux Falls Cougars beat the Dordt Defenders in men's conference basketball on Wednesday at the De Witt Gym 55-53 in the third game to go down to the wire for Dordt College.

Sioux Falls got in front 18-11 on a jump shot by Kyle Johnson with 6:03 left in the half. Dordt proceeded to reel off te next twelve points to take a 23-18 lead. During the run the Defenders got two three-point baskets by Eric Van Maanen and capped the run with a Logan Kingma free throw with 2:58 remaining in the half for a 23-18 advantage. The defensive struggle continue to halftime with Dordt leading 25-23.

Sioux falls tied the score at 25-25 with a pair of Dylan Kvaale free throws. The score was tied again at 27 wtih 17:31 left and again at 31 with 15:09 remaining.

Sioux Falls got a three-pointer from Jesse Huser with 14:32 to go up 34-31 but the Defenders responded with seven points in a row, finishing the run with 13:16 left on a jumper by Russ Griese for a 38-34 advantage. Dordt took their biggest lead of the game with 10:47 remaining on a jump shot by Brian Eekhoff with 10:47 left. The fifth tie of the game came at teh 7:10 mark at 43-43 and Sioux Falls took a 49-45 lead on four straight points on free throws wtih 4:28 remaining.

Van Maanen gave Dordt a lift with a three-point shot, one of four he would make against the #11 ranked team and then followed up with an old fashioned three-point play, making the free throw with 3:06 left on the only foul Sioux Falls was whistled for in the final 10:53 of the game. The Defenders eventually built the lead to 53-50 wtih 2:20 left on an offensive rebound and putback by Scott Van Zanten.

Sioux Falls got a basket with :51 left to cut it down to 53-52 and took the lead on a pair of free throws with by Dylan Kvaale with :10 left in the game. Dordt was able to isolate Van Maanen on the wing and the junior guard got around his defensive player and took a shot that rimmed out off the bank attempt. Eric De Pue made one of two free throws after a foul call with :02 left and a Mark Rowenhorst half court shot was too strong, giving Sioux Falls the two-point win.

Dordt is now 17-10 overall and 10-6 in the league. Sioux Falls improves to 23-3 overall and 12-3 in the league.

Dordt mae 17-55 shots from the floor for 30.9 percent while holding Sioux Falls to 17-44 for 38.6 percent. Sioux Falls made 19-26 free throws and Dordt made 14-19. Dordt did hold a 37-31 rebounding advantage. Dordt turned the basketball over 18 times to Sioux Falls' 16.

Eric Van Maanen hit 17, Kingma added 13 and Brian Eekhoff had 11. Kingma and Eekhoff had eight rebounds each while Scott Van Zanten had six. Van Zanten had a pair of steals for the Defenders while Michael Eekhoff had five assists in a reserve rol and one steal.

Sioux Falls was topped by Kyle Johnson and Ryan Millsap with 12 points each. Dylan Kvaale had 10 points, making 8-10 free throws. Eric De Pue had eight points an six rebounds with three steals.

Dordt will host North Central in a non-conference game on Saturday beginning at 3:00.

Other GPAC scores from Wednesday
Concordia def. Dana 75-71
Midland Lutheran def.Nebraska Wesleyan 82-69
Doane def. Hastings 78-67
Northwestern def. Dakota Wesleyan 82-70
Sioux Falls def. Dordt 55-53
Briar Cliff def. Mount Marty 75-64

GPAC Standings through games on Wednesday
Sioux Falls 12-3
Northwestern 12-3
Dakota Wesleyan 10-5
Dordt 10-6
Morningside 10-6
Hastings 9-7
Doane 8-7
Midland Lutheran 8-7
Dana 6-9
Briar Cliff 6-9
Mount Marty 4-12
Concordia 3-12
Nebraska Wesleyan 2-14

Dordt's Current Record: 17-10 (0-0)
Opponent's Current Record: 23-3 (12-3)

Team 1st Half 2nd Half Final
Dordt College 25 28 53
Sioux Falls 23 32 55
Dordt Rebounding Leaders Total
Logan Kingma 8
Brian Eekhoff 8
Scott Van Zanten 6
Eric Van Maanen 3
Team Total: 37
Opponent Rebounding Leaders Total
Tyler Fluth 6
Eric Dupue 6
Gerad Van Leur 4
Kyle Johnson 4
Team Total: 31
Dordt Scoring Leaders Total
Eric Van Maanen 17
Logan Kingma 13
Brian Eekhoff 11
Scott Van Zanten 4
Team Total: 53
Opponent Scoring Leaders Total
Kyle Johnson 12
Ryan Millsap 12
Bylan Kvaale 10
Eric Depue 8
Team Total: 55
Dordt Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 17/55 31%
3-Point Field Goals: 5/15 33%
Free Throws: 14/19 74%
Opponent Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 17/44 39%
3-Point Field Goals: 2/10 20%
Free Throws: 19/26 73%

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