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Dordt College Men's Basketball vs. Northwestern--GPAC Semifinals

February 24, 2007

(Orange City, Iowa) The Dordt College men's basketball season came to an end Saturday afternoon at the Bultman Center in Orange City with an 85-70 loss to the Northwestern Red Raiders in the semifinal round of the Great Plains Athletic Conference semifinals.

Northwestern scored the first six points of the game and forced dordt to take a timeout with 18:22 left in the first half. Dordt responded with five points in a row and the battle was on. Dordt fought back to tie it at 25 with an eight point run with Mark Rowenhorst and Michael Eekhoff making a pair of jump shots. Eekhoff followed that up with layup and a pair of free throws for the tie at the 8:38 mark. Northwestern fought the run off, stopping the string with a three-pointer by Curt Schilling, the first of three three-pointers he would make for the game. Dordt tied it again at 35-35 on a Kris Vander Kooy free throw and it was tied again at 37-37 before Northwestern scored the final four points of the first half on a basket by Chad Schuiteman and a pair of free throws by Schuiteman.

Dordt opened the second half with an eight point run on two Brian Eekhoff baskets and two Scott Van Zanten baskets. Northwestern regained the lead at 51-50 on another Schilling three pointer after a Derek Keizer three pointer for Dordt gave them a momentary 50-48 advantage. Dordt took their last lead of the game at 58-56 with 8:27 left on a pair of Michael Eekhoff free throws.

Northwestern went on to score the next eight points for a six point lead with 6:57 left in the game. Dordt trimmed it 64-60 on a pair of Eric Van Maanen free throws only to have Northwestern score six in a row to go up 70-60 with 4:36 remaining. Dordt made one last charge and got it down to seven with 2:22 left on a Logan Kingma three-point play. Northwestern pulled away from that 76-69 margin and took the 85-70 win.

Dordt was led by Michael Eekhoff's 13 points while Derek Keizer and Scott Van Zanten had ten points each. Logan Kingma and Chad Huenink had nine and eight points a piece. The Defenders made 21-62 shots for 33.9 percent while Northwestern converted 26-59 for 44.1 percent.

Dordt was outrebounded 49-33 with Logan Kingma snagging eight and Michael Eekhoff four. Keizer handed out five assists and Mark Rowenhorst with three and Keizer also had a team high four steals.

Northwestern's Curt Schilling had a game high 26 points and Chad Schuiteman had 15. Andrew Stimson had 13 and Karl Towns grabbed ten rebounds.

Dordt finishes the season at 21-12. The win total is the third highest in school history. Derek Keizer and Kris Vander Kooy are the lone seniors on a team that is the fourth in Dordt College history to reach the 20 win plateau. Keizer leaves Dordt as the all-time assist leader and has the second highest steal total in school history.

Northwestern advances to the GPAC Championship on Tuesday where they will host Sioux Falls.

GPAC scores from Saturday:
Men's Semifinals
Sioux Falls def. Concordia 74-59
Northwestern def. Dordt 85-70

Women's Semifinals
Northwestern def. Morningside 68-65
Hastings def. Mount Marty 74-62

Championship pairings
Tuesday, February 27
Men's Basketball
Sioux Falls @ Northwestern 7:30

Women's Basketball
Northwestern @ Hastings 7:30

Dordt's Current Record: 21-12 (11-7)
Opponent's Current Record: 23-7 (14-4)

Team 1st Half 2nd Half Final
Dordt College 37 33 70
Northwestern--GPAC Semifinals 41 44 85
Dordt Rebounding Leaders Total
Logan Kingma 8
Brian Eekhoff 5
Team Total: 33
Opponent Rebounding Leaders Total
Karl Towns 10
Chad Schuiteman 9
Andrew Stimson 8
Team Total: 49
Dordt Scoring Leaders Total
Michael Eekhoff 13
Derek Keizer 10
Scott Van Zanten 10
Logan Kingma 9
Team Total: 70
Opponent Scoring Leaders Total
Curt Schilling 26
Chad Schuiteman 15
Andrew Stimson 13
Kale Wiertzema 7
Team Total: 85
Dordt Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 21/62 34%
3-Point Field Goals: 1/8 12%
Free Throws: 27/40 68%
Opponent Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 26/59 44%
3-Point Field Goals: 5/20 25%
Free Throws: 28/39 72%

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