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Dordt College Men's Basketball vs. Morningside

February 23, 2008

(Sioux City, Iowa) A valiant effort by the Dordt College Defender men’s basketball team came up just short on Saturday in a double overtime loss to the Morningside Mustangs in Great Plains Athletic Conference game. The Defenders came back from a 14 point second half deficit to take a seven point lead with under three minutes remaining in regulation but couldn’t hang on surrendering a three-pointer just in front of the buzzer to force the first of two extra sessions.

The Defenders took the early lead with a 16-10 surge with 13:34 left in the first half on a basket by Michael Eekhoff. The lead was short lived as Morningside went on a 16-0 splurge that ended on a Rjuss Griese putback basket with 8:50 left in the half. Morningside actually took a 40-27 lead with just under two minutes remaining in the half but a Mark Rowenhorst three-pointer and a Scott Van Zanten bucket made it an eight point game at halftime.

Morningside looked like they were going to run away with the game early in the second half when they took a 15 point lead at the 14:02 mark and were still up 52-38 with 12:19 left in the game. Dordt scored 11 in a row to get back in the game. Michael Eekhoff had seven straight points in the run and after back to back buckets by Morningside pushed the lead back to eight at 57-49 with 7:17 left. Dordt then scored the next 11 points in a row with Logan Kingma capping the run with a pair of made free throws at the 4:18 mark t make it 60-57. Dordt continued their dominating run as they scored. After a Morningside basket Dordt extended the lead to 66-59 when Brian Eekhoff made a pair of free throws with 2:50 left in the game. It wasn’t enough.

Morningside responded with a three point play by Thomas Pargett at the 2:31 mark and after a Michael Eekhoff basket the Mustangs got another three-point play by Seth Atkins to make it a three point game with 2:09. Kingma was able to draw another foul and extended the lead to five with over a minute remaining.

Seth Atkins hit a basket with :46 left to cut the difference down to 70-67 and after Dordt ran the clock down a jumper by Michael Eekhoff missed the mark. With time running down, Morningside got a timeout called just past midcourt and with :04.6 left in the game the Mustangs were able to get the ball inbounded and Matt Johnson hit a three pointer from the left wing to tie the game and send it to overtime.

Dordt battled back from a three-point overtime deficit and tied the game at 79-79 and had the ball but didn’t get a shot off at the end of the period and in the second overtime the Mustangs took the lead and never gave it up with Dordt getting one final chance in the lane but a Logan Kingma shot missed the with the score 84-82 and Thomas Pargett made one of two free throws with :00.5 on the clock to seal the 85-82 win, securing the GPAC regular season title in the process.

Dordt slips to a tie with Dakota Wesleyan for third with the loss and will hold the fourth seed in the post-season tournament which begins on Tuesday, February 26. Dordt has a first round bye and will host the winner of the Briar Cliff-Midland Lutheran game on Thursday, February 28.

The Defenders were 27-69 from the floor and 24-32 on free throws. Morningside was 29-72 from the floor and 20-29 on free throws. Dordt had a 54-42 rebounding advantage. Dordt committed 17 turnovers to 13 for Morningside.

Dordt was led by Michael Eekhoff’s 25 points on 10-18 shooting including a three-pointer in the first overtime that gave Dordt a brief lead. Brian Eekhoff had 12 points before fouling out and Logan Kingma had 12 points while making 9-10 free throws. Chad Huenink came off the bench for 10 points and seven rebounds. Scott Van Zanten led Dordt with eight rebounds and Kingma had seven.

Morningside got 23 from Seth Atkins with 12 rebounds and Jack Rother had 20 points.

Dordt is 19-9 overall and finished the year 13-5 in the GPAC while Morningside is 27-2 overall and 16-2 in the league.

GPAC Scores:
Morningside def. Dordt 85-82 2ot
Doane def. Mount Marty 72-70
Hastings def. Nebraska Wesleyan 52-49
Northwestern def. Briar Cliff 95-80
Dana def. Concordia 75-71
Dakota Wesleyan def. Sioux Falls 85-65

GPAC Standings:
Morningside 16-2
Northwestern 15-3
Dakota Wesleyan 13-5
Dordt 13-5
Briar Cliff 11-7
Hastings 9-9
Sioux Falls 8-10
Doane 8-10
Nebraska Wesleyan 7-11
Dana 7-11
Concordia 4-14
Mount Marty 3-15
Midland Lutheran 3-15

GPAC Men's First Round – Tuesday, February 26
Records listed as (Overall, GPAC)
#1 Seed – Morningside (27-2, 16-2)
#2 Seed – Northwestern (24-4, 15-3
#3 Seed – Dakota Wesleyan (23-7, 13-5)
#4 Seed – Dordt (19-9, 13-5)
Game #1 - #9 Dana (14-16, 7-11) at #8 Doane (12-15, 8-10) , 8:00 PM – Winner Plays at #1
Game #2 - #12 Midland Lutheran (5-23, 3-15) at #5 Briar Cliff (19-11, 11-7), 7:30 PM – Winner Plays at #4
Game #3 - #10 Concordia (10-19, 4-14) at #7 Sioux Falls (11-18, 8-10), 7:30PM – Winner Plays at #2
Game #4 - #11 Mount Marty (8-22, 3-15) at #6 Hastings (19-11, 9-9), 7:30PM – Winner Plays at #3

GPAC Men's Quarterfinals - Thursday, February 28
Game #5 - #8 Doane/#9 Dana at #1 Morningside, 8:00 PM
Game #6 - #5 Briar Cliff/#12 Midland Lutheran at #4 Dordt, 7:30 PM
Game #7 - #7 Sioux Falls/#10 Concordia at #2 Northwestern, 8:00 PM
Game #8 - #6 Hastings/#11 Mount Marty at #3 Dakota Wesleyan, 5:00 PM

GPAC Men’s Semifinals – Saturday, March 1
Game #9 - Game #5 Winner vs. Game #6 Winner, At Highest Seed, TBA
Game #10 - Game #7 Winner vs. Game #8 Winner, At Highest Seed, TBA

GPAC Men's Championship Tuesday, Presented by Rawlings, - Tuesday, March 4
Game #11 - Semifinal winners at highest remaining seed, TBA

Dordt's Current Record: 19-9 (13-5)
Opponent's Current Record: 0-0 (0-0)

Team 1st Half 2nd Half OT 1 OT 2 Final
Dordt College 32 38 9 3 82
Morningside 40 30 9 6 85
Dordt Rebounding Leaders Total
Scott Van Zanten 8
Chad Huenink 7
Logan Kingma 7
Michael Eekhoff 6
Team Total: 54
Opponent Rebounding Leaders Total
Seth Atkins 12
David Price 9
Team Total: 42
Dordt Scoring Leaders Total
Michael Eekhoff 25
Brian Eekhoff 12
Logan Kingma 12
Chad Huenink 10
Team Total: 82
Opponent Scoring Leaders Total
Seth Atkins 23
Jack Rother 20
David Price 13
Team Total: 85
Dordt Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 27/69 39%
3-Point Field Goals: 4/16 25%
Free Throws: 24/32 75%
Opponent Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 29/72 40%
3-Point Field Goals: 7/31 23%
Free Throws: 20/29 69%

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