Dordt College Men's Basketball vs. Northwestern

November 25, 2008

(Orange City, Iowa) For the third straight season the Dordt College Defender men's basketball team went to the Bultman Center in Orange City, Iowa and took the regular season meeting between the Dordt College Defenders and the Northwestern Red Raiders. Dordt led the entire second half on the way to an 89-79 win to open the Great Plains Athletic Conference season.

Northwestern and Dordt started the game with Kale Wiertzema scoring six straight for the Red Raiders and Mark Rowenhorst had seven straight for the Defenders. Northwestern's biggest lead was 20-17 on a Ben Brown three-pointer with 12:59 left in the half. Back to back three-pointers by Ben Van Wyk and Logan Kingma re-established the lead for Dordt and the Defenders never trailed again. Dordt outscored Northwestern 16-9 over the six minutes and were up 39-29 on a Carlie Landegent lay up with 6:11 left in the half. Dordt's lead was briefly 12 points with 2:35 left when Logan Kingma made a lay up and was fouled but. Northwestern looked like they were going to tighten the game up with five unanswered points but a Kingma three pointer along with a free throw by he and Mark Rowenhorst made it 54-42 at the break. Kingma had 20 first half points on the way to 38 point outburst.

Dordt maintained their double digit lead and was up 72-61 with 11:26 left in the game. Northwestern made a charge and sliced the lead to 75-70 with 7:38 left on a Michael Jiskoot basket. Dordt was able to recover and push the lead to 80-71 on another Logan Kingma three-pointer with 6:20 left as the game settled into a defensive struggle.

Northwestern kept the pressure on and finally reduced the lead to 80-76 on a John Pribnow basket with 1:47 left. On the next possession Dordt's Michael Eekhoff rebounded a Brandon Oldenkamp miss and found Brett Heidema for a right baseline jumper from 10 feet out for an 82-76 lead that stemmed the Northwestern momentum. Dordt proceeded to make their free throws and sealed a ten point win with a pair of Logan Kingma free throws.

Dordt is now 4-2 and 1-0 in the GPAC while Northwestern falls to 4-4 and 0-1.

Logan Kingma scored his 38 on 10-19 field goal shooting including 6-10 on three-pointers. Kingma also latched on to seven rebounds. Mark Rowenhorst scored 17 and had five rebounds and two assists and Michael Eekhoff had 16 points, five rebounds, six assists a block and a steal. Brett Heidema added seven points and two assists. Dordt was 30-59 from the floor and was outrebounded by a 31-28 margin.

Northwestern's Kale Wiertzema very nearly off set Kingma's career night with 31 points on 11-21 shooting and Ben Brown added 16. Michael Jiskoot had eight points and game high 13 rebounds with Brown dishing off six assists.

Dordt will play Wisconsin-Eau Claire on Friday at 5:00 in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. The Defenders also face Wisconsin-Oshkosh on Saturday at 3:00 before returning home to meet Dakota Wesleyan on Wednesday, December 3.

GPAC Men's Basketball Scores:
Morningside College 76, Briar Cliff University 74
Nebraska Wesleyan University 56, Doane College 42
Mount Marty College 75, Grace University 71
Concordia University 61, Hastings College 59
Dakota Wesleyan University 85, University of Sioux Falls 83
Dordt College 89, Northwestern College 79
Midland Lutheran College 80, Dana College 75

Dordt's Current Record: 4-2 (0-0)
Opponent's Current Record: 4-4 (0-1)

Team 1st Half 2nd Half Final
Dordt College 54 35 89
Northwestern 42 37 79
Dordt Rebounding Leaders Total
Logan Kingma 7
Michael Eekhoff 5
Mark Rowenhorst 5
Team Total: 28
Opponent Rebounding Leaders Total
Michael Jiskoot 13
Brent Dunkelberger 4
Kale Wiertzema 4
Team Total: 31
Dordt Scoring Leaders Total
Logan Kingma 38
Mark Rowenhorst 17
Michael Eekhoff 16
Team Total: 89
Opponent Scoring Leaders Total
Kale Wiertzema 31
Ben Brown 16
Team Total: 79
Dordt Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 30/59 51%
3-Point Field Goals: 9/22 41%
Free Throws: 20/29 69%
Opponent Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 29/65 45%
3-Point Field Goals: 7/19 37%
Free Throws: 14/20 70%

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