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Dordt College Men's Basketball vs. Hastings

February 9, 2008

(Sioux Center, Iowa) The Dordt College Defenders survived a six minute drought at the end of regulation to upend the Hastings College Broncos 65-61 in overtime Saturday at the De Witt Gym in Sioux Center, Iowa. The win upped the Dordt College record to 17-7 for the season and kept them in a tie for second in the Great Plains Athletic Conference.

The game was tied four times in the first half and once in the second half when Michael Etzemiller tapped in a missed shot for Hastings as time expired to send the game to overtime at 53-53. The Defenders led with 6:34 left in the game, 50-36. The two teams started the game tight with Dordt trailing 10-8 with 13:04 left in the first half. The Defenders went on a 5-0 run to take the lead with Michael Eekhoff capping the run with a driving lay-up with 10:38 left in the game. Eekhoff battled foul trouble the entire game and scored just two field goals the entire game. Dordt pushed the lead to 26-17 with 3:09 left in the half when Chad Huenink cashed in a pair of free throws and the Defenders went into the locker room up 26-19 as both teams went the final 2:42 without scoring.

Dordt controlled most of the second half, taking a double digit lead at 33-23 with 16:35 left on a Scott Van Zanten three-pointer. The Broncos challenged and got the lead down to five on a Scott Wissing jump shot to make it 36-31 with 12:36 left in the game. Dordt seemed to take control of the game for the next six minutes as they outscored the visitors 14-5 for their biggest lead of the game at 50-36 on a Russ Griese basket. Michael Etzelmiller responded immediately with a bank shot three-pointer to start the charge back by the Broncos. Hastings would eventually get it to 50-45 on another Wissing basket with 3:35 remaining. An Eric Van Maanen basket broke the run but the Broncos put together another string that made it 52-51 on a dunk by Bobby Kempf with :14 left in regulation. Mark Rowenhorst was fouled on the ensuing play and made one of two free throws.

After a Hastings timeout the Broncos got a shot by Waid Vontz for the tie from the left wing that bounced off but Etzelmiller was in the right place for a tap in as the horn sounded.

Tied 53-53, Dordt scored first and never trailed in the extra session with Logan Kingma making a three-pointer at the 3:32 mark of the extra period. Eric Van Maanen made one free throw at the 2:54 for four point lead by Wissing made a shot to cut the lead in half with 2:30 remaining. A Brian Eekhoff basket stretched it to four again and a jumper by Logan Kingma gave teh Defenders a 61-55 lead with 1:55 on the clock. The two teams then played a scoreless minute with Hastings only getting as close as two again at the :07 mark on another Michael Etzelmiller three point bank shot. Logan Kingma iced the game with a pair of made free throws with :04 left and then the steal on the other end to seal it.

Dordt had an uncharacteristic 26 turnovers in the win while making 22-49 shots from the floor and 4-15 three-pointers. The Defenders were a paltry 17-31 from the free throw line and just 7-17 in the second half and overtime. Hastings made 22-65 shots and were 3-21 on the three-point line. The Broncos were event poorer than the Defenders at the free throw line, making just 14-27.

Dordt was led by Logan Kingma's 19 points on 5-9 shooting and 3-5 three-pointers. Chad Huenink came off the bench for 12 and Scott Van Zanten added eight. Eric Van Maanen and Brian Eekhoff both had seven. Kingma led all players with 12 rebounds and two steals. Huenink, Mark Rowenhorst and Van Zanten all had six rebounds and Michael Eekhoff had four assists.

Hastings was paced by Bobby Kempf with 14 points and Derrick Spooner and Scott Wissing both had 12 while Etzelmiller had 10 points and 11 rebounds with five steals.

The Defenders travel to Mount Marty on Wednesday, February 13 to face Mount Marty.

GPAC Scores from Saturday:

Dordt 65, Hastings 61 ot
Morningside 88, Doane 68
Nebraska Wesleyan 70, Mount Marty 61
Northwestern 87, Concordia 84 ot
Briar Cliff 71, Sioux Falls 55
Dana @ Dakota Wesleyan (Sunday)

GPAC Standings
Morningside 13-1
Dordt 11-3
Dakota Wesleyan 11-3
Northwestern 11-3
Briar Cliff 10-5
Hastings 8-7
Sioux Falls 6-8
Nebraska Wesleyan 6-8
Doane 5-9
Dana 5-9
Concordia 4-11
Mount Marty 2-12
Midland Lutheran 1-14

Dordt's Current Record: 17-7 (11-3)
Opponent's Current Record: 18-9 (8-7)

Team 1st Half 2nd Half OT 1 Final
Dordt College 26 27 12 65
Hastings 19 34 8 61
Dordt Rebounding Leaders Total
Logan Kingma 12
Mark Rowenhorst 6
Scott Van Zanten 6
Brian Eekhoff 5
Team Total: 45
Opponent Rebounding Leaders Total
Michael Etzelmiller 11
Scott Wissing 6
Kyle Wamsley 5
Team Total: 36
Dordt Scoring Leaders Total
Logan Kingma 19
Chad Huenink 12
Scott Van Zanten 8
Brian Eekhoff 7
Team Total: 65
Opponent Scoring Leaders Total
Bobby Kempf 14
Derrik Spooner 12
Scott Wissing 12
Michael Etzelmiller 10
Team Total: 61
Dordt Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 18/44 41%
3-Point Field Goals: 3/13 23%
Free Throws: 14/22 64%
Opponent Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 19/56 34%
3-Point Field Goals: 2/15 13%
Free Throws: 13/21 62%

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