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Dordt College Men's Basketball vs. Dakota Wesleyan

January 16, 2008

(Sioux Center, Iowa) The Dordt College Defender men's basketball team snatched a victory away from the Dakota Wesleyan Tigers at the De Witt Gym on Wednesday night in Great Plains Athletic Conference play 62-61 for their sixth win in conference play after trailing 58-50 with 4:33 left in the game.

Dordt had the upper-hand early on in building a ten point lead at 23-13 on several transition baskets with 8:58 left in the first half. Wesleyan was then able to stop the transition baskets and proceeded to outscore Dordt College 13-2 to take a one point lead on a Ike Muoneke jumper wtih 5:00 left in the half. A Brian Eekhoff basket put Dordt back in front and the Defenders and Tigers were tied at 30-30 at the end of the half.

Wesleyan jumped on Dordt in the second half, scoring the first five points of the second period on a Brady Wiebe basket and a three-pointer by Scott Nelson. The Tigers eventually got up 41-34 before Dordt cut the gap down with six points in a row on two baskets by Logan Kingma and a tip-in by Scott Van Zanten. Wesleyan regained control of the game with nine of the next eleven points and had to weather another Dordt College run that got the lead down to 50-48 with 8:16 on a lay up by Michael Eekhoff. Wesleyan seemingly put the game away with another run that put them ahead 58-50, setting up heroics for Dordt College senior Eric Van Maanen.

Van Maanen knocked down a three-pointer at the 4:17 mark and fouled that with another three at the 3:17 mark after a missed jumper by Colby Fitzgerald for Wesleyan. Scott Nelson made one of two free throws with 2:08 left to give Wesleyan a 59-56 lead but another Eric Van Maanen three-pointer tied the game at 59 with 1:43 left in the game. Wesleyan turned the ball over on their next possession, a Logan Kingma steal and Van Maanen hit a two from the left elbow of the lane to give Dordt their first lead of the second half. Wesleyan worked the ball to Preston Broughton on their next possession and the junior responded with a bucket in the lane. Dordt then took the ball into the front court and after a timeout got the ball to Brian Eekhoff who was fouled with :02 left on the clock. After another timeout Eekhoff missed the first but made the second and Wesleyan could only get a shot from midcourt at the buzzer for the final of 62-61.

Dordt was 23-65 from the floor for 35.4 percent and 5-16 on three pointers while converting 11-19 free throws. Wesleyan made 25-56 shots from the floor for 44.6 percent and were limited to 4-19 shooting on three-pointers. Wesleyan also mustered just a 7-15 shooting night from the free throw line.

Van Maanen led Dordt with 16 points while Logan Kingma had 14 points and five rebounds. Scott Van Zanten was good for nine points and eight rebounds while Brian Eekhoff had nine points and five rebounds and was hampered by foul trouble all night, logging just 18 minutes. Michael Eekhoff scored eight and had seve rebounds iwthtwo assists and Mark Rowenhorst had four points, five assists and three rebounds. Chad Huenink was the co-leader in rebounds with eight off the bench.

Dakota Wesleyan's Preston Brougton led all scorer's with 22 and ten rebounds while Scott Nelson added 14--ten of them in the first half.

Dordt is now 12-6 overall and 6-2 in the league while Dakota Wesleyan, the 17th ranked team in the country, falls to 16-5 overall and 6-3 in the conference. Dordt will face Sioux Falls on Saturday at 4:00 at Sioux Falls.

GPAC scores from Wednesday:
Morningside 82, Sioux Falls 67
Briar Cliff 70, Northwestern 65
Dordt 62, Dakota Wesleyan 61

GPAC Standings:
Morningside 8-0
Dordt 6-2
Northwestern 6-2
Hastings 6-2
Dakota Wesleyan 6-3
Briar Cliff 6-3
Nebraska Wesleyan 3-4
Sioux Falls 3-5
Doane 3-5
Concordia 3-6
Mount Marty 1-6
Dana 1-7
Midland Lutheran 1-8

Dordt's Current Record: 12-6 (6-2)
Opponent's Current Record: 16-5 (6-3)

Team 1st Half 2nd Half Final
Dordt College 30 32 62
Dakota Wesleyan 30 31 61
Dordt Rebounding Leaders Total
Chad Huenink 8
Scott Van Zanten 8
Michael Eekhoff 7
Logan Kingma 5
Team Total: 55
Opponent Rebounding Leaders Total
Preston Broughton 10
Brady Wiebe 5
Ike Muoneke 4
Scott Nelson 4
Team Total: 35
Dordt Scoring Leaders Total
Eric Van Maanen 16
Logan Kingma 14
Brian Eekhoff 9
Scott Van Zanten 9
Team Total: 62
Opponent Scoring Leaders Total
Preston Broughton 22
Scott Nelson 14
Ike Muoneke 8
Team Total: 61
Dordt Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 23/65 35%
3-Point Field Goals: 5/16 31%
Free Throws: 11/19 58%
Opponent Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 25/56 45%
3-Point Field Goals: 4/19 21%
Free Throws: 7/15 47%

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