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Dordt College Men's Basketball vs. Nebraska Wesleyan

January 10, 2009

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(Lincoln, Nebraska) A frantic comeback by the Dordt Defender men's basketball team came up short on Saturday afternoon in Lincoln, Nebraska in a 68-61 loss to the Nebraska Wesleyan Prairie Wolves. The game was a conference contest.

The Defenders never led and were down 20-10 with 11:25 left in the first half. Dordt proceeded to go on a 17-7 run to tie it on a three-pointer by Logan Kingma with 5:25 left in the half at 27-27. The Defenders couldn't keep the momentum and fell behind 40-29 at halftime.

Wesleyan stretched the lead out to 46-29 on back to back three-pointers to open the second half and eventually built up a 58-38 lead with 10:38 left in the game. The Defenders then went to a pressuring defense and the move paid dividends with the Defenders fighting all the way to a 61-58 deficit with 1:49 left in the game on a Justin Van Kooten three-pointer. The Defenders lost Logan Kingma to fouls shortly after and the Prairie Wolves converted their free throws to seal the win at 68-61.

Dordt got 22 points from Michael Eekhoff with six rebounds, two assists and two steals. Brett Heidema and Logan Kingma each had 10 points and four rebounds and Kevin Fopma came off the bench to score six on a pair of three-pointers during Dordt's late run. Dordt was without the services of Brandon Oldenkamp who was out with a leg injury.

"We didn't start the game like we wanted and got down," said Dordt College coach Greg Van Soelen. "We went to the pressure with ten minutes left and those players came in and gave us some energy and we chipped away at it. We just couldn't get to the free throw line. I thought we created contact but we didn't get to he line."

Wesleyan got 12 points from Ryan Thramer and Andrew Palmer and Dylan Aylward had 11 each.

Dordt made 22-57 field goals and was outrebounded 36-29. The Defenders made 11-14 free throws while Wesleyan took advantage of 32 trips to the free throw line and made 20. Wesleyan also converted 20-42 shots and 8-15 three-pointers.

Dordt falls to 11-5 overall and 5-2 in the conference while Wesleyan improves to 4-3 in the league and 8-6 overall.

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GPAC scores
Briar Cliff University 80, Morningside College 74
Concordia University 82, University of Sioux Falls 74 (OT)
Nebraska Wesleyan University 68, Dordt College 61
Midland Lutheran College 59, Mount Marty College 56
Northwestern College 68, Doane College 47

Hastings 93, Dakota Wesleyan 83

GPAC Standings:
Briar Cliff 7-1
Concordia 6-1
Dakota Wesleyan 5-2
Dordt 5-2
Morningside 5-2
Northwestern 5-2
Nebraska Wesleyan 4-3
Hastings 4-4
Sioux Falls 2-5
Midland Lutheran 2-6
Dana 1-6
Doane 0-7
Mount Marty 0-7

Dordt's Current Record: 11-5 (5-2)
Opponent's Current Record: 8-6 (4-3)

Team 1st Half 2nd Half Final
Dordt College 29 32 61
Nebraska Wesleyan 40 28 68
Dordt Rebounding Leaders Total
Michael Eekhoff 6
Brett Heidema 4
Logan Kingma 4
Team Total: 29
Opponent Rebounding Leaders Total
Jake Spurgeon 5
Ryan Thramer 5
Team Total: 36
Dordt Scoring Leaders Total
Michael Eekhoff 22
Logan Kingma 10
Brett Heidema 10
Team Total: 61
Opponent Scoring Leaders Total
Ryan Thramer 12
Dylan Aylward 11
Andrew Palmer 11
Preston Englund 10
Team Total: 68
Dordt Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 22/57 39%
3-Point Field Goals: 6/19 32%
Free Throws: 11/14 79%
Opponent Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 20/42 48%
3-Point Field Goals: 8/15 53%
Free Throws: 20/32 62%

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