Dordt College Men's Basketball vs. Dakota Wesleyan

November 28, 2007

(Mitchell, South Dakota) The Dordt College Defender men's basketball lost a 95-78 decision on the road to the Dakota Wesleyan Tigers in Great Plains Athletic Conference basketball on Wednesday night in Mitchell, South Dakota.

Dordt started quickly, getting a two point field goal and three-pointer each from Eric Van Maanen and Logan Kingma for a 10-0 lead. Wesleyan still trailed at 18-10 when Chade Huenink made a basket with 12:34 and proceeded to outscore the Defenders 18-2 to turn the deficit into a 28-20 difference with 8:12 left in the half.

Dordt made a run to get back to within two after being down ten with 4:07 left, but another charge by the Tigers pushed the difference to eight at 42-34 at halftime.

A basket by Eric Van Maanen made the difference six to open the half and the difference was six again when Michael Eekhoff converted a three-point play with 17:24 remaining. Wesleyan proceeded to go from up 47-41 to 62-43 over the next three and a half minutes and their lead was never smaller than 12 the rest of the way.

Dordt was 30-62 from the floor for 48.4 percent and 8-14 on three-pointers while Wesleyan was 32-60 for 53.3 percent and 7-21 on three-pointers. Wesleyan took advantage of 31 trips to the free throw line, making 24 while Dordt made 10-14. Wesleyan also held a 39-26 rebounding advantage.

Eric Van Maanen scored 20 and Logan Kingma had 17 and Brian Eekhoff 11. Scott Van Zanten had nine points and team high six rebounds and Michael Eekhoff and Josh Taylor each had seven points with Eekhoff dising out three assists.

Wesleyan's Colby Fitzgerald led all players with 27 points and Preston Broughton had 15 points and ten rebounds with three assists, two blocks and two steals.

Dordt is now 6-4 overall and 1-1 in the GPAC while Dakota Wesleyan is 7-2 overall and 2-0 in the league. Dordt will host Sioux Falls in their next outing on December 5 in Sioux Center.

Other GPAC scores from Wednesday:
Morningside 85, Mount Marty 60
Sioux Falls 73, Briar Cliff 61
Concordia 89, Doane 72
Nebraska Wesleyan 68, Dana 55
Hastings 77, Midland Lutheran 62

Dordt's Current Record: 6-4 (0-0)
Opponent's Current Record: 6-2 (2-0)

Team 1st Half 2nd Half Final
Dordt College 34 44 78
Dakota Wesleyan 42 53 95
Dordt Rebounding Leaders Total
Scott Van Zanten 6
Team Total: 26
Opponent Rebounding Leaders Total
Preston Broughton 10
Team Total: 39
Dordt Scoring Leaders Total
Eric Van Maanen 20
Logan Kingma 17
Brian Eekhoff 11
Scott Van Zanten 9
Team Total: 78
Opponent Scoring Leaders Total
Colby Fitzgerald 27
Preston Broughton 15
Team Total: 95
Dordt Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 30/62 48%
3-Point Field Goals: 8/14 57%
Free Throws: 10/14 71%
Opponent Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 32/60 53%
3-Point Field Goals: 7/21 33%
Free Throws: 24/31 77%

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