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Dordt College Men's Basketball vs. Hastings

February 7, 2009

(Hastings, Nebraska) The Dordt College Defender men's basketball team couldn't overcome a slow start in their Great Plains Athletic Conference basketball game at Hastings College on Saturday, February 7. The Defenders were tied with the Broncos at 4-4 when the hosts ran off ten points in a row and never lost control of the game the rest of the way.

"We did not play the kind of defense we needed to," said Dordt coach Greg Van Soelen. "After two pretty good defensive performances we were disappointed in our performance. We didn't take anything away from them and let them shoot some lay ups. We can't afford to let teams shoot 60 percent against us."

Dordt trailed by more than 20 in the first half before narrowing the gap to 55-28 at halftime. The Broncos shot a red-hot 23-39 from the floor in the first half including seven three-point baskets.

Trailing by 17, the Defenders surrendered the first eight points of the second half and found themselves down by more than twenty most of the first ten minutes of the second half. Dordt did put a string of points together and got to within 16 with 4:49 left in the second half but they didn't have enough to get the difference to single digits.

Dordt outscored the Broncos 40-39 in the second half and made 17-31 shots in the second half. Dordt made 31-62 shots for the game for 50 percent and they made 11-16 free throws. Hastings converted 41-73 shots for 56.2 percent and they were good for 9-23 three-point baskets. Hastings outrebounded the Defenders 37-32.

Logan Kingma scored 23 and Brandon Oldenkamp had 14 while Brett Heidema had 12 points and six rebounds. Kingma had a team high eight rebounds and was credited with two assists. Michael Eekhoff scored nine and dished four assists and Justin Van Kooten handed out three.

"Scoring points wasn't the problem," said Van Soelen. "Stopping them on defense was."

Hastings had five players in double figures led by Jeremiah Slough's 24 and Derrik Spooner and Waid Vontz had 17. Slough also had a game high nine assists and Vontz had six. Slough was the co-leader in rebounds with Brent McNurlin with seven each.

Dordt drops to 12-11 overall and 6-8 in the league while Hastings improves to 14-13 and 9-6.

Dordt will host Mount Marty on Wednesday night, February 11 at 8:00.

GPAC Men's Scores from Saturday, February 7
Dakota Wesleyan University 87, Dana College 81
Briar Cliff University 85, University of Sioux Falls 72
Morningside College 78, Doane College 76
Mount Marty College 71, Nebraska Wesleyan University 57
Northwestern College 79, Concordia University 69
Hastings College 94, Dordt College 78

GPAC Men's Standings
Dakota Wesleyan 12-2
Morningside 11-3
Northwestern 11-3
Briar Cliff 11-4
Concordia 10-4
Hastings 9-6
Dana 7-8
Sioux Falls 6-8
Dordt 6-8
Nebraska Wesleyan 4-10
Midland Lutheran 4-11
Mount Marty 2-12
Doane 0-14

Dordt's Current Record: 12-11 (6-8)
Opponent's Current Record: 14-13 (9-6)

Team 1st Half 2nd Half Final
Dordt College 38 40 78
Hastings 55 39 94
Dordt Rebounding Leaders Total
Logan Kingma 8
Brett Heidema 6
Team Total: 32
Opponent Rebounding Leaders Total
Jeremiah Slough 7
Brent McNurlin 7
Kyle Whamsley 6
Team Total: 37
Dordt Scoring Leaders Total
Logan Kingma 23
Brandon Oldenkamp 14
Brett Heidema 12
Team Total: 78
Opponent Scoring Leaders Total
Jeremiah Slough 24
Waid Vontz 17
Derrick Spooner 17
Derek Fletcher 11
Team Total: 94
Dordt Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 31/62 50%
3-Point Field Goals: 5/17 29%
Free Throws: 11/16 69%
Opponent Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 41/73 56%
3-Point Field Goals: 9/23 39%
Free Throws: 3/5 60%

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