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Dordt College Men's Basketball vs. NW Classic-Bellevue

December 30, 2008

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(Orange City, Iowa) The Dordt College men's basketball team lost a 75-65 decision to the Bellevue Bruins in non-conference basketball in the first day of the Pizza Ranch Classic hosted by Northwestern College in Orange City, Iowa.

The Defenders used a strong defensive effort and a 45.7 percent shooting clip to take a 37-34 lead at halftime but the Bruins limited Dordt offensively in the second half and took the lead for good at 45-43 with a little under 17 minutes remaining.

Dordt built as much as an eight point lead in the first half when Michael Eekhoff dropped in a three-pointer with 2:22 left in the half for a 33-25 advantage. Bellevue closed the half on a 9-4 run, getting the last three points on a three-point shot by Davon White. Bellevue took control early in the second half, pushing the lead to an eight point bulge at 55-47 near the mid-point of the second half.

Dordt refused to go easily and fought back to keep it close, cutting the gap to four on a lay-in and free throws by Eekhoff and the Defenders got back to within three--the closest they would get in the closing minutes, on a pair of Brett Heidema free throws with 3:03 left in the game. Bellevue proceeeded to outscore Dordt 7-2 over the next 1:30 to push the lead to ten and seal the outcome.

Dordt was led by Michael Eekhoff's 29 points on 11-22 shooting while Logan Kingma made 11 points. Brandon Oldenkamp and Brett Heidema each accounted for seven points and Heidema led the Defenders to a 36-33 rebounding edge with seven rebounds.

"We stood and watched on offense," said Dordt College coach Greg Van Soelen. "We did a lot of things well. We didn't get some shots to go and we had some key plays at the end where we missed chances to cut Bellevue's lead with our run. We have to keep getting better with the ultimate goal of being ready for conference play at the end of the week. We need to get some momentum going on tomorrow night."

Both teams took care of the basketball with just 13 turnovers on each side of the scoresheet.

Davon White led the Bruins with 22 points on 8-10 shooting while Kyle Prochaska had 19 points and game high 13 rebounds.

Dordt is now 9-4 while Bellevue improves to 12-2. Bellevue was ranked #6 in the most recent NAIA Division II rankings while Dordt was #14.

The Dordt men will play again tomorrow (Wednesday, December 31, 2008) at 6:00 pm when they face York College in their second game of the Northwestern Pizza Ranch Classic. The game will be played at Northwestern College in Orange City, Iowa.

Northwestern beat York 92-50 in the final game of four on Tuesday night at the Bultman Center.

Dordt's Current Record: 9-4 (4-1)
Opponent's Current Record: 12-2 (0-0)

Team 1st Half 2nd Half Final
Dordt College 37 28 65
NW Classic-Bellevue 34 41 75
Dordt Rebounding Leaders Total
Brett Heidema 7
Logan Kingma 6
Carlie Landegent 5
Michael Eekhoff 4
Team Total: 36
Opponent Rebounding Leaders Total
Prochaska, Kyle 13
Brown, Neville 4
Bravo, Carlos 4
Imig, Matt 3
Team Total: 33
Dordt Scoring Leaders Total
Michael Eekhoff 29
Logan Kingma 11
Justin Van Kooten 7
Brett Heidema 7
Team Total: 65
Opponent Scoring Leaders Total
White, Devon 25
Prochaska, Kyle 19
Imig, Matt 10
Brown, Neville 8
Team Total: 75
Dordt Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 26/66 39%
3-Point Field Goals: 5/20 25%
Free Throws: 12/15 80%
Opponent Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 28/55 51%
3-Point Field Goals: 5/17 29%
Free Throws: 14/22 64%

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