Dordt College Men's Basketball vs. Sioux Falls

January 17, 2009

(Sioux Center, Iowa) The Sioux Falls Cougars used a fast start and held off the Dordt College Defenders in men's conference basketball play in Sioux Center, Iowa, Saturday afternoon.

The Defenders were held to a paltry 6-27 shooting performance in the first half and trailed 42-20 at halftime. The Defenders did make a couple runs at the Cougars in the second half and got as close as seven with 11:21 left in the game on a Mark Taatjes lay-up. A Thomas Frames basket extended the lead to nine and the Cougars regained a double-digit lead with 10:37 left in the contest. The Defenders made one final charge with 2:38 left and got the lead to nine with 2:38 left on a Michael Eekhoff basket and got it back to nine again on a Brandon Oldenkamp twisting lay-in, but the Cougars made their free throws and held for the 81-70 win.

"We played with no passion in the first half," said Dordt coach Greg Van Soelen. "We played with more heart and passion in the second half and that was better. We have to do that for 40 minutes. When you're down that far there is no margin for error. Each turnover and missed basket is magnified. We have to work to get this rectified."

Sioux Falls outrebounded Dordt 40-23 and was 27-51 fromn the floor while the Defenders were 25-60 from the deck. Both teams shot 25 free throws with Dordt making 17 and Sioux Falls 22.

Dordt was paced by Michael Eekhoff's 22 points and Mark Taatjes came off the bench to score 11. Logan Kingma and Brandon Oldenkamp each had ten and Kingma had three rebounds. Dustin Katje chipped in with eight.

Sioux Falls had four players in double figures with Van Leur scoring 16 with nine rebounds and Adam Herther had 16 as well. Thomas Frames had 13 points and eight rebounds with four assists and Matt Malloy scored 12 with six rebounds and six assists.

Dordt is now 11-7 overall and 5-4 in the GPAC while Sioux Falls is 10-10 overall and 3-6 in the league. Sioux Falls takes the season series 2-0. Dordt will travel to Morningside this Wednesday night in an 8:00 game in Sioux City, Iowa.

GPAC Scores from Saturday:
Briar Cliff University 72, Doane College 71
University of Sioux Falls 81, Dordt College 70
Mount Marty College 78, Concordia University 68
Morningside College 79, Hastings College 71
Dana College 81, Midland Lutheran College 68

GPAC Standings through January 17
Briar Cliff 8-2
Morningside 7-2
Concordia 7-2
Dakota Wesleyan 6-2
Northwestern 6-2
Nebraska Wesleyan 4-3
Dordt 5-4
Hastings 4-5
Dana 3-6
Sioux Falls 3-6
Midland Lutheran 3-7
Mount Marty 1-7
Doane 0-9

Dordt's Current Record: 11-7 (0-0)
Opponent's Current Record: 10-10 (3-6)

Team 1st Half 2nd Half Final
Dordt College 20 50 70
Sioux Falls 42 39 81
Dordt Rebounding Leaders Total
Eric Miedema 3
Logan Kingma 3
Team Total: 23
Opponent Rebounding Leaders Total
Gerad Van Leur 9
Thomas Frames 8
Matt Malloy 6
Team Total: 40
Dordt Scoring Leaders Total
Michael Eekhoff 22
Mark Taatjes 11
Brandon Oldenkamp 10
Logan Kingma 10
Team Total: 70
Opponent Scoring Leaders Total
Adam Herther 16
Gerad Van Leur 16
Thomas Frames 13
Matt Malloy 12
Team Total: 81
Dordt Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 25/60 42%
3-Point Field Goals: 3/14 21%
Free Throws: 17/25 68%
Opponent Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 27/51 53%
3-Point Field Goals: 5/13 38%
Free Throws: 22/25 88%

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