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Dordt College Men's Basketball vs. Northwestern

January 28, 2009

(Sioux Center, Iowa) The Dordt College Defender men's basketball team suffered a 72-70 loss to the Northwestern Red Raiders in Great Plains Athletic Conference basketball play on Wednesday night, January 28 at the De Witt Gym in Sioux Center, Iowa. The Defenders never trailed until the closing seconds in dropping their second in similar fashion in the last eight days.

Dordt scored 14 points in a row to turn a 2-2 tie into a 16-2 lead with 15:10 left in the first half. Dordt got baskets from four different players in building the lead and kept the lead at double digits most of the first half. Dordt withstood every charge Northwestern had in the first half, holding a 36-26 lead on a free throw by Chris Van Roekel with 2:47 left. Northwestern managed to score the final four points of the half on a pair of Josh Van Es free throws and a basket by Michael Jiskoot to cut the difference to 36-30 at halftime.

Dordt pushed the lead to 10 at 42-32 early in the second half when Logan Kingma scored on back to back buckets and Dordt had as much as a 12 point lead at 50-38 with 16:06 left on a Dustin Katje basket. Dordt was still up 52-43 with 15:02 left on a Brett Heidema field goal. Back to back three-pointers by Northwestern's Jerome Hoegh made it 52-49 but the Defenders again responeded and led 61-52 at the mid-point of the second half. Northwestern then scored eight in a row to make it 61-60 with 5:46 left.

Again, Dordt seemed to have an answer and led 66-60 on a Justin Van Kooten three-pointer with 3:50 remaining in the game. The six point lead held until the 2:35 mark when Northwestern scored five in a row on a Michael Jiskoot basket and an Alex Huisken three-pointer. After a pair of Brandon Oldenkamp free throws made it 70-67 with 1:17 left the Raiders tied it on an Alex Huisken three-point shot with 1:00 remaining. Dordt missed on their attempt with :25 left and Northwestern took their only lead of the game on a put back of a missed Kale Wiertzema lay-in by Ryan Hoogeveen with :06 left. Michael Eekhoff took the ball the length of the court and fired off a three-point shot from the left wing that was just short, preserving the win for Northwestern.

"We played great for most of the game," said Dordt coach Greg Van Soelen. "We're so close and that's what I said the guys in the locker room. We need to win one of these to get it turned around. This one feels really hollow."

Dordt made 28-71 shots and 9-13 free throws while Northwestern converted 25-60 from the floor and 14-20 free throws.

Logan Kingma scored 21 and Michael Eekhoff had 18 while Brandon Oldenkamp converted eight and Dusting Katje seven. Michael Jiskoot led Northwestern with 17 and Alex Huisken scored 14 in a reserve role and Andrew Stimson tossed in 10.

Eekhoff had eight rebounds in helping Dordt to a 42-41 rebounding edge and Kingma and Carlie Landegent had seven a piece. Jiskoot led all players with 10 rebounds. Eekhoff dished five assts in the loss.

"Michael (Eekhoff) did some great things in the open court," said Van Soelen. "They slowed us down with that zone and we didn't attack it very well. We're going to see more of that."

Dordt is now 11-10 overall and 5-7 in the GPAC while Northwestern is 14-7 overall and 9-2 in the conference. Dordt will host Midland Lutheran on Saturday, January 31 in their next outing.

GPAC Scores:
Dana College 72, Nebraska Wesleyan University 54
University of Sioux Falls 83, Mount Marty College 74
Concordia University 64, Doane College 57
Northwestern College 72, Dordt College 70
Dakota Wesleyan University 79, Morningside College 72 (OT)
Hastings College 91, Midland Lutheran College 66

GPAC Standings
Dakota Wesleyan 10-2
Northwestern 9-2
Briar Cliff 9-3
Morningside 9-3
Concordia 9-3
Hastings 6-6
Sioux Falls 5-6
Dordt 5-7
Dana 5-7
Nebraska Wesleyan 4-7
Midland Lutheran 4-9
Mount Marty 1-10
Doane 0-11

Dordt's Current Record: 11-10 (5-7)
Opponent's Current Record: 14-7 (9-2)

Team 1st Half 2nd Half Final
Dordt College 36 34 70
Northwestern 30 42 72
Dordt Rebounding Leaders Total
Michael Eekhoff 8
Carlie Landegent 7
Dustin Katje 7
Jeremy Zeutenhorst 5
Team Total: 42
Opponent Rebounding Leaders Total
Jiskoot, Michael 10
Huisken, Alex 6
Van Es, Josh 5
Hogeveen, Ryan 4
Team Total: 41
Dordt Scoring Leaders Total
Logan Kingma 21
Michael Eekhoff 18
Brandon Oldenkamp 8
Dustin Katje 7
Team Total: 70
Opponent Scoring Leaders Total
Jiskoot, Michael 17
Huisken, Alex 14
Stimson, Andrew 10
Wiertzema, Kale 9
Team Total: 72
Dordt Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 28/71 39%
3-Point Field Goals: 5/21 24%
Free Throws: 9/13 69%
Opponent Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 25/60 42%
3-Point Field Goals: 8/22 36%
Free Throws: 14/20 70%

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