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Dordt College Men's Basketball vs. Bellevue-Defender Gold Classic

November 24, 2007

(Sioux Center, Iowa) The Dordt College Defender men's basketball team handed the Bellevue Bruins their first loss of the season on Saturday afternoon in day two of the Defender Gold Classic. Dordt led start to finish in taking a 76-57 decision over the Nebraska school and upped their record to 6-3 one day after losing to William Penn by a point. The loss was Bellevue's first in ten starts.

Dordt scored the first nine points of the game with Logan Kingma scoring five of them during that stretch. A Scott Van Zanten three-point shot with 12:46 left in the first half made it 18-6 when Bellevue mounted their first charge to cut the lead down to 18-15 with 10:01 left in the half on a basket by their leading scorer--Klaye Rowe. Dordt responded with back to back buckets by Kingma--one of them a three and Brian Eekhoff and Eric Van Maanen both made a free throw a piece to re-establish a double digit lead and Dordt went into the half with a 38-26 advantage with Mark Rowenhorst making a three-point play in the closing minute.

Dordt nearly ran away with the game early in the second half when they got up 47-30 with 15:36 left in the game on a shot by Jonathon Ferrie. Bellevue had a charge in them though and the defensive minded team trimmed the lead all the way to 53-47 with 7:51 left on a made free throw by Tyler Tomasek.

Kingma started another Dordt run, this one would put the game out of reach with Kingma making two free throws and then converting a basket and the Defenders were back up by double digits and finished off the 76-57 win.

Dordt limited Bellevue to 19-48 shooting from the floor for 39.6 percent and 3-10 on three-pointers. Dordt was 27-58 from the floor and 5-11 on three-pointers and tossed in 17-24 free throws. Dordt owned a decided advantage on the glass with a 43-21 difference.

Logan Kingma had a career high 30 points on 10-17 shooting and was 3-4 on three pointers and 7-7 on free throws. Scott Van Zanten added nine while Eric Van Maanen, Chad Huenink and Michael Eekhoff all had six points. Kingma also had a game high 13 rebounds and four blocked shots and Van Zanten and Huenink had eight and five rebounds a piece.

Bellevue was led by John Gray and Klaye Rowe with 13 each and Rowe had five rebounds to lead the Bruins.

Bellevue was ranked #17 in the pre-season NAIA Division II basketball poll. Dordt went 2-1 this week against three ranked foes, beating Northwestern-#2 on Tuesday and Bellevue on Saturday and lost to #23 William Penn by a point on Friday night.

Dordt resumes Great Plains Athletic Conference play on Wednesday, November 28 when they travel to Dakota Wesleyan for a game at the Corn Palace in Mitchell, South Dakota. The women's game starts at 6:00 and the men at 8:00.

Dordt's Current Record: 6-3 (1-0)
Opponent's Current Record: 9-1 (0-0)

Team 1st Half 2nd Half Final
Dordt College 38 38 76
Bellevue-Defender Gold Classic 26 31 57
Dordt Rebounding Leaders Total
Logan Kingma 13
Scott Van Zanten 8
Chad Huenink 5
Team Total: 43
Opponent Rebounding Leaders Total
Klaye Rowe 5
Team Total: 21
Dordt Scoring Leaders Total
Logan Kingma 30
Scott Van Zanten 9
Eric Van Maanen 6
Chad Huenink 6
Team Total: 76
Opponent Scoring Leaders Total
Klaye Rowe 13
John Gray 13
Tyler Tomasek 11
Stanely Boateng 9
Team Total: 57
Dordt Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 27/58 47%
3-Point Field Goals: 5/11 45%
Free Throws: 17/24 71%
Opponent Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 19/48 40%
3-Point Field Goals: 3/10 30%
Free Throws: 16/20 80%

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