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Dordt College Men's Basketball vs. Dana

February 17, 2007

(Sioux Center, Iowa) The Dordt College Defenders rode a big first half to a 77-68 win over the Dana Vikings in men's Great Plains Athletic Conference basketball game.

The Defenders raced to a 28-9 advantage with a 13-0 run over a four minute stretch and took a 42-23 lead into the half with Brian Eekhoff scoring 15 first half points.

Dana came out in the second half and put the pressure on, cutting the lead to 53-48 with 8:35 left on a Eric Massen basket. Dordt withstood the first charge only to have Dana cut the lead to 60-55 with 4:25 left. A three-pointer by Mark Rowenhorst gave Dordt an eight point lead and the margin was never smaller than seven on the way to the nine point 77-68 win.

Dordt made 27-59 shots for 45.8 percent and were 20-28 from the free throw line. Dana was 23-71 from the floor for 32.4 percent and converted 17-20 free throws. Dordt was led by Brian Eekhoff's 26 points on 9-13 shooting while Scott Van Zanten added 10 and Chad Huenink came off the bench for 10. Mark Rowenhorst squeezed out eight points and Logan Kingma seven. Eekhoff grabbed eight rebounds as Dordt was outrebounded 45-41. Van Zanten also had six and Rowenhorst had three steals with Derek Keizer dishing out four assists.

Dana got 14 each from Ted Cox and Jon Person. Eric Maassen had a game high 14 rebounds.

Dordt will host a first round tournament game on Tuesday night against a Mount Marty.

Complete scores for Saturday
Dakota Wesleyan def. Midland Lutheran 87-75
Doane def. Mount Marty 79-65
Hastings def. Northwestern 79-76
Concordia def. Sioux Falls 87-78 ot
Nebraska Wesleyan def. Briar Cliff 78-66

Final Standings
Northwestern 14-4
Sioux Falls 14-4
Dakota Wesleyan 13-5
Hastings 11-7
Dordt 11-7
Doane 10-8
Morningside 10-8
Midland Lutheran 8-10
Briar Cliff 7-11
Dana 6-12
Concordia 5-13
Mount Marty 4-14
Nebraska Wesleyan 4-14

Dordt's Current Record: 19-11 (11-7)
Opponent's Current Record: 8-21 (6-12)

Team 1st Half 2nd Half Final
Dordt College 42 35 77
Dana 23 45 68
Dordt Rebounding Leaders Total
Brian Eekhoff 8
Scott Van Zanten 6
Derek Keizer 5
Team Total: 41
Opponent Rebounding Leaders Total
Eric Maassen 14
Trent Mumma 8
Team Total: 45
Dordt Scoring Leaders Total
Brian Eekhoff 26
Chad Huenink 10
Scott Van Zanten 10
Team Total: 77
Opponent Scoring Leaders Total
Ted Cox 14
Jon Person 14
Jared Kitzelman 11
Team Total: 68
Dordt Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 27/59 46%
3-Point Field Goals: 3/7 43%
Free Throws: 20/28 71%
Opponent Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 23/71 32%
3-Point Field Goals: 5/25 20%
Free Throws: 17/20 85%

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