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Dordt College Men's Basketball vs. Midland Lutheran

January 31, 2009

(Sioux Center, Iowa) The Defenders snapped a 6 game losing streak as they coasted to an 87-51 win over Midland Lutheran. The win improves Dordt's record to 12-10 overall and 6-7 in the Great Plains Athletic Conference and forms book-end January wins as the Defenders started the month with a win over Mount Marty and end it with the win tonight.

Dordt got out to a quick lead over the Warriors and were up 10 at 12-2 less than 5 minutes into the game and extended the lead to as many as 20 before going into half-time with a 44-26 lead. The first half featured Mark Rowenhorst's return to action as he buried a pair of 3-pointers after missing 9 games with a back problem.

Dordt dominated play throughout the second half as well and continued to pull away from the Warriors behind a 56% second half field goal percentage, including 4 for 5 from behind the arc. All of Dordt's reserves saw action in the contest and the Defenders pushed the lead to 36 at the end of the game.

Logan Kingma led all scorers with 22 points to go along with a game high 8 rebounds, Eekhoff added 17 while dishing out 6 assists on the afternoon.

Jason Ahrens and Chad Langemeier each had 11 points for the Warriors' and Langemeier and Luke Simons each pulled down 7 boards for Midland Lutheran. The Warriors drop to 6-19 overall and 4-10 in the GPAC.

Dordt finished the night shooting 47.4% from the floor while Midland went 38.9%. The Defenders outrebounded Midland 43 to 29.

Said Coach VanSoelen after the win: "I am very pleased with the game, we really wanted to challenge our guys to play really hard, we are fighting for home court advantage in the play-offs. From start to finish we were very focused. We rebounded well and pushed the ball up the floor well and got some easy baskets in transition. It was very nice to see our offense clicking a little more. Michael (Eekhoff) was the big key in setting the tempo of the game right from the start. It was also good to see Mark (Rowenhorst) out on the floor, after going 6 or 7 weeks without any contact. He hit a couple big threes and had a solid performance after the big lay-off. I feel like we are getting better as we head into the stretch run."

Other scores around the GPAC:
Briar Cliff at 64
Hastings 79

Morningside at 67
Nebraska Wesleyan 64

Dana 77 at
Northwestern 69

Doane 57 at
Sioux Falls 74

GPAC Standings:
Dakota Wesleyan 10-2
Morningside 10-3
Concordia 9-3
Northwestern 9-3
Briar Cliff 9-4
Hastings 7-6
Sioux Falls 6-6
Dordt 6-7
Dana 6-7
Nebraska Wesleyan 4-8
Midland Lutheran 4-10
Mount Marty 1-10
Doane 0-12

The Defenders will next be in action on February 7 as they travel to Hastings for a 4:00 pm game.

Dordt's Current Record: 12-10 (6-7)
Opponent's Current Record: 6-19 (4-10)

Team 1st Half 2nd Half Final
Dordt College 44 43 87
Midland Lutheran 26 25 51
Dordt Rebounding Leaders Total
Logan Kingma 8
Jeremy Zeutenhorst 5
Carlie Landegent 5
Mark Taatjes 5
Team Total: 43
Opponent Rebounding Leaders Total
Langemeier, Chad 7
Simons, Luke 7
Ahrens, Jason 3
Rosenboom, Zach 3
Team Total: 29
Dordt Scoring Leaders Total
Logan Kingma 22
Michael Eekhoff 17
Mark Taatjes 8
Jeremy Zeutenhorst 7
Team Total: 87
Opponent Scoring Leaders Total
Langemeier, Chad 11
Ahrens, Jason 11
Simons, Luke 8
Rosenboom, Zach 7
Team Total: 51
Dordt Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 27/57 47%
3-Point Field Goals: 7/15 47%
Free Throws: 26/32 81%
Opponent Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 21/54 39%
3-Point Field Goals: 2/13 15%
Free Throws: 7/12 58%

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