Dordt College Men's Basketball vs. North Central University (MN)

February 10, 2007

(Sioux Center, Iowa)

The Dordt College Defender men's basketball team took a lead they would never relinquish at 5-4 and won an 89-67 decision over the visiting North Central (MN) Rams in nonc-onference basketball Saturday afternoon in Sioux Center, Iowa.

The Defenders took as much as a 14 point lead in the first half when Russ Griese hit a three-point basket with 9:06 left. North Central immediately answered with a three-pointer of their own and eventually trimmed the lead to 35-27 with 6:22 left in the half after the 30-16 advantage by Dordt.

The lead actually got down to as few as six with 4:01 left in the half on a three-pointer by Jeremy Watkins at 39-33. A free throw by Brian Eekhoff followed by a Mark Rowenhorst three-pointer pushed the lead to ten and Dordt went into the half up 45-37.

Dordt immediately puhsed the lead up to double digits and and with 11:24 lefft in the game went on a 13-0 run, puncuated by a pair of baskets by Chad Huenink and finished by Kris Vander Kooy's free throws with 7:26 left to put the game out of reach at 72-51.

Everyone in uniform saw significant playing time for the Defenders on the way to the 89-67 win with all 13 players scoring at least one point for Dordt College.

Dordt made 30-66 shots from the floor for 45.5 percent and were 5-18 on three's and 24-34 from the free throw line. Logan Kingma led a balanced scoring attack and Brian Eekhoff added 11. Chad Huenink knocked down ten off the bench and Scott Van Zanten was good for ten as well. Huenink and Van Zanten were the leading rebounders with nine each. Eric Van Maanen added eight points while Carlie Landegent, Jonathon Ferrie, Kris Vander Kooy and Derek Keizer all had six points. Keizer and Landegent each had six rebounds with Keizer also handing out three assists as did Michael Eekhoff and Eric Van Maanen.

North Central was held to 30 points in the second half and were 26-58 from the floor and 11-12 on free throws. The Rams got 19 points from Jeremy Watkins and 12 from Chris Hickox.

Dordt outrebounded the visitors by a 54-21 margin.

Dordt is now 18-10 overall and take a 10-6 conference mark into their game against Dakota Wesleyan on Wednesday in the Corn Palace.

Other GPAC Scores from the weekend
Northwestern def. Midland Lutheran 87-73
Sioux Falls def. Mount Marty 68-53
Hastings def. Concordia 97-90
Nebraska Wesleyan def. Dana 87-71
Briar Cliff def. Morningside 84-79
Dakota Wesleyan def. Doane 83-79

GPAC standings through games recorded
Northwestern 13-3
Sioux Falls 13-3
Dakota Wesleyan 11-5
Dordt 10-6
Morningside 10-7
Hastings 10-7
Doane 8-8
Midland Lutheran 8-8
Briar Cliff 7-9
Dana 6-10
Mount Marty 4-13
Concordia 3-13
Nebraska Wesleyan 3-14


Dordt's Current Record: 18-10 (0-0)
Opponent's Current Record: 7-17 (0-0)

Team 1st Half 2nd Half Final
Dordt College 45 44 89
North Central University (MN) 37 30 67
Dordt Rebounding Leaders Total
Scott Van Zanten 9
Chad Huenink 9
Brian Eekhoff 6
Carlie Landegent 6
Team Total: 54
Opponent Rebounding Leaders Total
Dan Young 6
Team Total: 21
Dordt Scoring Leaders Total
Logan Kingma 13
Brian Eekhoff 11
Chad Huenink 10
Scott Van Zanten 10
Team Total: 89
Opponent Scoring Leaders Total
Jeremy Watkins 19
Chris Hickox 12
Ryan Leak 10
Team Total: 67
Dordt Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 30/66 45%
3-Point Field Goals: 5/18 28%
Free Throws: 24/34 71%
Opponent Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 26/58 45%
3-Point Field Goals: 4/15 27%
Free Throws: 11/12 92%

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