Dordt College Men's Basketball vs. Sioux Falls

December 10, 2008

(Sioux Falls, South Dakota) The Dordt College Defender men’s basketball team, who are ranked 14th in the NAIA Division II Men’s Basketball Coaches’ Poll, dropped a GPAC game on the road Wednesday night by a score of 81-66 to the University of Sioux Falls, snapping a 5 game winning streak for the Defenders.

The first half featured a very close ball game with neither team able to grab a substantial lead. The Defenders had the biggest lead of the first half at 5 points, on 3 occasions, while the Cougars never lead by more than 4 and there were 5 ties in the first 20 minutes with USF edging Dordt by 2 to end the frame at 35-33.

USF started out the second half on a 12-1 run to take a 47-34 lead with 17:16 remaining in the game and would never look back as the Cougar lead would stretch to 17 but was never smaller than 9.

The game featured two very solid point guards with USF's Thomas Frames scoring 21 points on the evening while Dordt's Michael Eekhoff lead all scoring with 27.

"It was tough sledding for us tonight, we would make a little run and then USF would come right back. With Logan (Kingma) in foul trouble early in the contest we felt pretty good to be down only 2 going in to the half," said Head Coach Greg VanSoelen after the loss. "We just couldn't sustain anything in the second half and we really seemed sluggish. We're disappointed in the loss but it should light a fire under us and we plan to have a couple intense practices and then really go after Doane on Saturday."

After Eekhoff's 27 the Defenders got double digit scoring from Mark Rowenhorst with 11. Brett Heidema was the top rebounder for the Defenders with five with Dordt getting outrebounded 36-26 for the game.

Sioux Falls got the 21 points from Frames on 9-12 shooting while Matt Malloy averaged 17 and Luther Suggs added 13 in a reserve role. Gerad Van Leur led all palyers with nine rebounds.

Sioux Falls converted 19-29 field goals in the second half and was 31-57 from the floor for 54.4 percent while Dordt made 22-53 shots for 41.5 percent

Dordt is now 8-3 overall and 3-1 in the conference while Sioux Falls improves to 7-6 and 1-2 in the GPAC.

Dordt will next play at home on Saturday, December 13 in a GPAC match-up against Doane College with the game to start at 4:00 pm.

GPAC scores from Wednesday, December 10
Briar Cliff University 70, Mount Marty College 60
University of Sioux Falls 81, Dordt College 66
Dakota Wesleyan University 89, Northwestern College 76
Concordia University 47, Nebraska Wesleyan University 40
Dana College 77, Hastings College 76

Dordt's Current Record: 8-3 (3-1)
Opponent's Current Record: 7-6 (1-3)

Team 1st Half 2nd Half Final
Dordt College 33 33 66
Sioux Falls 35 46 81
Dordt Rebounding Leaders Total
Brett Heidema 5
Brandon Oldenkamp 3
Michael Eekhoff 3
Team Total: 26
Opponent Rebounding Leaders Total
Van Leur, Gerad 9
McAthie, Tyler 8
Malloy, Matt 6
Block, Skyler 4
Team Total: 36
Dordt Scoring Leaders Total
Michael Eekhoff 27
Mark Rowenhorst 11
Jeremy Zeutenhorst 6
Brett Heidema 6
Team Total: 66
Opponent Scoring Leaders Total
Frames, Thomas 21
Malloy, Matt 17
Suggs, Luther 13
Van Leur, Gerad 11
Team Total: 81
Dordt Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 22/53 42%
3-Point Field Goals: 2/10 20%
Free Throws: 20/25 80%
Opponent Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 31/57 54%
3-Point Field Goals: 5/14 36%
Free Throws: 14/20 70%

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