Dordt College Men's Basketball vs. Northwestern

January 30, 2008

(Orange City, Iowa) The Dordt College Defender men’s basketball team earned the regular season sweep over the Northwestern Red Raiders on Wednesday, January 30 at the Bultman Center in Orange City with an 84-60 win over their in-county rival.

Northwestern scored the first two points of the game but the Defenders got back to back three-pointers by Eric Van Maanen to take a lead they would never give up. The Defenders built a 14-6 lead on a Michael Eekhoff basket with 13:42 left in the half and the momentum continued to build as Dordt got up by ten on a Mark Rowenhorst three-pointer and a Scott Van Zanten hit a field goal with 7:23 left in the half put Dordt up 28-12. The Defenders wouldn’t hit another field goal the rest of the half, getting just four points on free throws as the defenses took over. Dordt led 32-22 at halftime.

Michael Eekhoff hit a basket to open the second half scoring and Mark De Younge countered with a lay-up that kept the game at a ten point difference. A Logan Kingma lay-up would ignite a 11-2 run that was capped by another Kingma basket, this one a three-pointer, that gave Dordt a 45-26 lead with over 16:00 left.

Dordt maintained a plus-15 point advantage over the next four minutes with Northwestern mounting a run to get back to within 50-39 on a Curt Schilling free throw with just over ten minutes remaining. The two teams counter punched and Dordt still had a 12 point lead with 7:10 left but an 8-0 run by the Defenders on baskets by Scott Van Zanten, Rowenhorst, Chad Huenink and Michael Eekhoff gave Dordt a 20 point lead that effectively ended the Northwestern threat with 5:19 remaining on the way to the 84-60 win.

Dordt made 29-61 shots from the floor for 47.5 percent and were 7-15 on three-pointers. Dordt made 19-30 free throws and were 12-16 in the second half. Northwestern was 23-65 from the floor and were an ice-cold 0-16 on three-pointers. Northwestern made 14-19 free throws and held a 44-37 rebounding edge but committed 19 turnovers to 11 for Dordt.

The Defenders were led by Michael Eekhoff’s 15 points while Eric Van Maanen ad 13 and Logan Kingma and Mark Rowenhorst each had 12 points. Kingma scored all his points in the second half after playing just two minutes in the first half because of foul trouble. Chad Huenink had eight points and eight rebounds off the bench and blocked three shots. Van Zanten had nine points and seven rebounds with four assists and two steals. Michael Eekhoff had six rebounds and two assist while Eric Van Maanen was credited with four assists.

Northwestern’s Chad Schuiteman had 15 points and 15 rebounds to pace the Raiders in both categories.

Dordt is now 15-7 overall and 9-3 in the GPAC while Northwestern slides to 17-4 and 8-3 in the conference. Dordt will host Briar Cliff on Saturday in GPAC play at 4:00.

Earlier in the day Northwestern moved to #9 in the national rankings in the NAIA Division II basketball and Dordt dropped one spot to #25.

The regular season sweep over Northwestern is the first ever for Dordt in the series.

GPAC scores:
Dordt def. Northwestern 84-60
Hastings def. Midland Lutheran 86-68
Sioux Falls def. Mount Marty 57-53

GPAC Standings
Morningside 11-0
Dordt 9-3
Northwestern 9-3
Dakota Wesleyan 9-3
Briar Cliff 8-4
Hastings 7-5
Nebraska Wesleyan 5-6
Sioux Falls 5-6
Doane 5-7
Dana 3-9
Concordia 3-9
Mount Marty 2-9
Midland Lutheran 1-12

Dordt's Current Record: 15-7 (9-3)
Opponent's Current Record: 17-4 (8-3)

Team 1st Half 2nd Half Final
Dordt College 32 52 84
Northwestern 22 38 60
Dordt Rebounding Leaders Total
Chad Huenink 8
Scott Van Zanten 7
Michael Eekhoff 6
Team Total: 37
Opponent Rebounding Leaders Total
Chad Schuiteman 15
Mark De Younge 6
Team Total: 44
Dordt Scoring Leaders Total
Michael Eekhoff 15
Eric Van Maanen 13
Mark Rowenhorst 12
Logan Kingma 12
Team Total: 84
Opponent Scoring Leaders Total
Chad Schuiteman 15
Mark De Younge 8
Curt Schilling 8
Team Total: 60
Dordt Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 29/61 48%
3-Point Field Goals: 7/15 47%
Free Throws: 19/30 63%
Opponent Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 23/65 35%
3-Point Field Goals: 0/16 0%
Free Throws: 14/19 74%

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