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Dordt College Men's Basketball vs. Mount Marty--GPAC First Round

February 20, 2007

(Sioux Center, Iowa) Dordt's basketball team was back in action tonight in the first round of the GPACC tournament. They faced up against Mount Marty at home and came out on top, 59-57.

In this hard fought battle neither team led by more than 5 for the first 14:23. Dordt finally extended their lead to 6 when Scott Van Zanten hit a free-throw. Dordt continued to lead the rest of the half and went to the locker rooms leading 37-30.

The second half started off slow for the Defenders and Mount Marty slowly chipped away at the lead. Mount Marty tied the game at 43 with 11:55 left in the game and took their first lead of the half at 48-47 off a Nathan Fischer 3 point basket. Dordt regained the lead until Mount Marty tied it back up at 57 with 16 seconds left on a Chris Filsinger three-pointer. It was Filsinger's first made three pointer of the season.

With 3 seconds left Eric Van Maanen gave Dordt the lead by two on a baseline bucket. Mount Marty failed to connect on a desperation 3 point basket and Dordt took the game, 59-57.

Dordt was led by Brian Eekhoff who scored 12 points and also pulled down 11 boards. Scott Van Zanten followed with 10, 4 of which came at the line. Dordt shot 40.7 percent from the field and connected on 33 percent of their 3 point field goals. Mount Marty was led by Pat Anderson who scored 11 while two others, Nathan Fischer and JJ Heyden scored 9. Mount Marty shot only 62 percent from the line and got outrebounded 43-32.

The Defender have won 20 games this season, the third time in school history that they have reached this plateau. The Defenders meet up with Hastings on Thursday night in a quarterfinal round game at Lynn Farrell Arena that starts at 8:00. Hastings and Dordt tied for fourth place in the GPAC race with identical 11-7 records and Hastings won the first meeting of the two teams in early January in overtime, 78-68.

Other first round GPAC scores:
Midland Lutheran def. Briar Cliff 82-72
Concordia def. Doane 82-81 overtime
Morningside def. Dana 83-70

Quarterfinal round pairings
Midland Lutheran (10-18) @ Northwestern (21-7)
Dordt (20-11) @ Hastings (18-11)
Concordia (9-20) @ Dakota Wesleyan (24-6)
Morningside (19-12) @ Sioux Falls (25-4)

Dordt's Current Record: 20-11 (11-7)
Opponent's Current Record: 9-21 (4-14)

Team 1st Half 2nd Half Final
Dordt College 37 22 59
Mount Marty--GPAC First Round 30 27 57
Dordt Rebounding Leaders Total
Brian Eekhoff 11
Scott Van Zanten 9
Team Total: 43
Opponent Rebounding Leaders Total
JJ Heyden 11
Travis Ptacek 4
Stan Johnson 4
Team Total: 32
Dordt Scoring Leaders Total
Brian Eekhoff 12
Scott Van Zanten 10
Eric Van Maanen 6
Team Total: 59
Opponent Scoring Leaders Total
Pat Anderson 11
JJ Heyden 9
Nathan Fischer 9
Team Total: 57
Dordt Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 22/54 41%
3-Point Field Goals: 1/9 11%
Free Throws: 14/21 67%
Opponent Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 19/52 37%
3-Point Field Goals: 4/12 33%
Free Throws: 15/24 62%

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