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
Doane at 81
Midland Lutheran 79
Sioux Falls at 71
Northwestern at 68
Dakota Wesleyan 70
Hastings at 88
Dakota Wesleyan 13-2
Briar Cliff 11-4
Sioux Falls 6-9
Nebraska Wesleyan 5-10
Midland Lutheran 4-12
Mount Marty 2-13
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 Rebounding Leaders||Total|
|Opponent Rebounding Leaders||Total|
|Dordt Scoring Leaders||Total|
|Opponent Scoring Leaders||Total|
|Dordt Team Shooting||Pct|
|3-Point Field Goals:||7/15||47%|
|Opponent Team Shooting||Pct|
|3-Point Field Goals:||4/14||29%|
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