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Dordt College Men's Basketball vs. Morningside

January 21, 2009

(Sioux City, Iowa) Morningside trailed Dordt College for all but 19 seconds in tonight's contest yet that would be all the Mustangs would need to beat the Defenders 63-60 in GPAC play. The 4 game losing streak brings the Defender record to 11-8 overall and 5-5 in the conference.

The last couple ball games between Dordt and Morningside have been barn burners and early on it looked like this game would be anything but as Dordt torched the nets from 3 point range early in the ball game and raced out to an 11 point lead on three 3-pointers from Dustin Katje and a jumper by Brett Heidema. The Defenders stretched the lead with 2 additional threes from Logan Kingma and another from Kevin Fopma and finished the half with 7 threes and a 16 point lead over the Mustangs at 37-21.

Dordt stretched the lead to 18 to start the second half, but then the Mustangs began to whittle away at the Defender margin and cut the lead to 6 points at 45-39 with 13:17 remaining. Another Katje 3-pointer pushed the lead back up to 12 points with just under 11 minutes remaining. Again, the Mustangs responded and cut the gap to 6 at 53-47 with just under 5 minutes remaining. In less than a minute, three Dordt free throws and a Michael Eekhoff lay-up pushed the margin back to 11 for the Defenders with 4:00 on the game clock.

Over the last 4 minutes Dordt was outscored 15-2 and a pair of Nick Thompson free throws gave Morningside their first lead of the game at 61-60 with 19 seconds to go. Dordt had the ball with a chance to win but lost possession and had to foul with half a tick left on the clock; the Mustangs made a pair from the charity stripe for the 63-60 win.

"You need to be able to score down the stretch and we weren't able to do that, we weren't getting the best looks and you have to credit their defense for that," said Coach Van Soelen. "We did a nice job defensively on Marrs and Atkins, but Thompson is a tough match-up and he had a solid night. I was proud of our effort, I felt like we really played hard tonight and with more confidence. We are looking forward to a couple good days of practice."

Logan Kingma joined the Defender men's basketball 1,000 point club tonight, finishing with 18 points, 3 rebounds and an assist.

Dustin Katje was 5-8 from 3 point range and had 18 points and 3 rebounds. Michael Eekhoff had 10 points to go along with 4 assists and 4 rebounds.

Game-high honors in scoring went to Morningside's Nick Thompson who poured in 25 on 9-16 from the floor, including 2 threes and 5-6 from the charity stripe.

Other GPAC scores this evening:
Dakota Wesleyan 90
Briar Cliff 68

Midland Lutheran 63
Nebraska Wesleyan 57

Northwestern 79
Mount Marty 57

Hastings 71
Doane 52

GPAC Standings:
Dakota Wesleyan 8-2
Morningside 8-2
Concordia 8-2
Northwestern 7-2
Briar Cliff 8-3
Dordt 5-5
Hastings 5-5
Nebraska Wesleyan 4-5
Midland Lutheran 4-7
Sioux Falls 3-6
Dana 3-7
Mount Marty 1-8
Doane 0-10

Dordt will head back to Sioux City on Saturday, January 24 as they play Briar Cliff at 4:00 pm in GPAC play.

Dordt's Current Record: 11-8 (5-5)
Opponent's Current Record: 16-5 (8-2)

Team 1st Half 2nd Half Final
Dordt College 37 23 60
Morningside 21 42 63
Dordt Rebounding Leaders Total
Brandon Oldenkamp 6
Brett Heidema 4
Chris Van Roekel 4
Michael Eekhoff 4
Team Total: 29
Opponent Rebounding Leaders Total
Thompson, Nick 8
Palmer, Adam 4
Banks, Ian 4
Carstens, Mitch 3
Team Total: 36
Dordt Scoring Leaders Total
Dustin Katje 18
Logan Kingma 18
Michael Eekhoff 10
Kevin Fopma 3
Team Total: 60
Opponent Scoring Leaders Total
Thompson, Nick 25
Carstens, Mitch 12
Atkins, Seth 7
Helmink, Brady 7
Team Total: 63
Dordt Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 22/56 39%
3-Point Field Goals: 8/24 33%
Free Throws: 8/12 67%
Opponent Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 21/49 43%
3-Point Field Goals: 4/17 24%
Free Throws: 17/21 81%

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