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Dordt College Men's Basketball vs. Mount Marty

February 11, 2009

(Sioux Center, Iowa) The Dordt men raced out to a 20 point half-time lead and finished with a convincing 83-54 win over the Mount Marty Lancers to improve to 13-11 overall and 7-8 in GPAC play.

The Defenders ran away from the Lancers after a sluggish start found them down 2-1 with 16:32 left in the first half. Dordt scored back to back lay-ups by Michael Eekhoff and Brandon Oldenkamp for a 5-2 lead and after a Mount Marty basket made it 5-4 the Defenders rattled off 12 points in a row for a double digit lead at 15-4 with 13:29 remaining in the half, capping the run with a Carlie Landegent basket.

After a timeout, Mount Marty closed the gap to 18-12 with 9:45 remaining in the half. Dordt went on a 10-0 run over the next 4:00 minutes to regain a double digit lead they never gave up. Dordt was up 41-21 at halftime and started the second half with three pointers by Logan Kingma and Brandon Oldenkamp to take the wind out of the Mount Marty sails. Dordt never trailed by less than 20 in the second half.

Dordt's Brandon Oldenkamp led all scorers with 20 points and also had a game-high 13 rebounds for the Defenders. Logan Kingma finished with 17, Mark Taatjes had 12 and Carlie Landegent added 11. Michael Eekhoff had 9 points while dishing out 7 assists.

The Lancers top scorer was Jared Wall with 10 as Mount Marty shot 36% from the floor. Mount Marty turned the ball over twice as often as Dordt with 16 to Dordt's 8, the Defenders also outrebounded the Lancers 37-31.

"We got just what we needed in that game," remarked Coach Greg VanSoelen, "offensively it took us a little while to get going but our defense was very good from the start. We got out into transition well, we moved the ball very well tonight, we hit the open guy and made the extra pass. We had a solid night shooting, going over 50%, it was a convincing win and I felt like we shared the basketball nicely. Coach Van Engen commented on the bench that we needed to bottle up this energy and take it to Seward with us this Saturday."

Other scores in the GPAC:
Nebraska Wesleyan at 66
Concordia 59

Doane at 81
Midland Lutheran 79

Sioux Falls at 71
Morningside 80

Northwestern at 68
Dakota Wesleyan 70

Hastings at 88
Dana 79

GPAC Standings:
Dakota Wesleyan 13-2
Morningside 12-3
Briar Cliff 11-4
Northwestern 11-4
Concordia 10-5
Hastings 10-6
Dordt 7-8
Dana 7-9
Sioux Falls 6-9
Nebraska Wesleyan 5-10
Midland Lutheran 4-12
Mount Marty 2-13
Doane 1-14

The Defender men will travel to Concordia this Saturday, February 14th to take on the Bulldogs in Seward, Nebraska, with the tip-off scheduled for 4:00 pm.

Dordt's Current Record: 13-11 (7-8)
Opponent's Current Record: 5-22 (2-13)

Team 1st Half 2nd Half Final
Dordt College 41 42 83
Mount Marty 21 33 54
Dordt Rebounding Leaders Total
Brandon Oldenkamp 13
Brett Heidema 4
Logan Kingma 4
Team Total: 37
Opponent Rebounding Leaders Total
Wall, Jared 6
Harper, Rudy 3
Kusser, Weston 3
Harmon, Dan 3
Team Total: 31
Dordt Scoring Leaders Total
Brandon Oldenkamp 20
Logan Kingma 17
Mark Taatjes 12
Carlie Landegent 11
Team Total: 83
Opponent Scoring Leaders Total
Wall, Jared 10
Kusser, Weston 9
Peters, Justin 8
Yackley, Spencer 7
Team Total: 54
Dordt Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 30/59 51%
3-Point Field Goals: 7/15 47%
Free Throws: 16/19 84%
Opponent Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 21/58 36%
3-Point Field Goals: 4/14 29%
Free Throws: 8/11 73%

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