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Dordt College Men's Basketball vs. Concordia

February 14, 2009

(Seward, Nebraska) With one second remaining on the clock, a Logan Kingma whirling dervish two point basket allowed the Dordt Defenders to beat Concordia 56-54 on the road in Great Plains Athletic Conference action on Saturday, February 14.

Dordt battled their way back from a ten-point first half deficit to even their record in the Great Plains Athletic Conference with two games remaining in conference play. Dordt found themselves down 32-22 with 1:33 left left in the half but back to back buckets by Logan Kingma, one of them a three-pointer, made it a 32-27 halftime score. Dordt kept the run going with ten straight points to open the second half and were up 37-32 before Concordia scored with 15:38 left in the game. Dordt held the lead and with strong defensive play had a 49-40 lead with 6:57 left in the game. The hosts responded with the next nine points to tie the game at 49-49 with 3:37 left in the game. A Brandon Oldenkamp runner in the lane gave Dordt a 51-49 advantage but the Bulldogs took the lead with three straight points and looked poised to steal the game.

Michael Eekhoff made one of two free throw attempts to tie the game at the 1:45 mark. Sam Huebner made two free throws for a 54-52 lead with 1:14 left but the Bulldogs wouldn't score again. Logan Kingma got free to tie the game on a basket in the lane with :47 left. After a Concordia timeout the Defenders forced the Bulldogs ballhandler, Tyler Bredehoeft to the baseline where Michael Eekhoff held his ground and Brett Heidema came over on help defense and Bredehoeft's shot went off the back board and out of bounds. After a timeout at midcourt the Defenders ran a play where they got Kingma the ball at the right elbow of the lane and after a give back to Eekhoff was closed off he spun into the lane and hit the game winner from about ten feet.

Dordt won despite getting to the free throw line just six times in the second half and made four. Dordt converted 21-54 shots and was 10-14 from the free throw line. Concordia made 21-46 shots and converted just 8-14 shots from the free throw line including just 6-10 in the second half and the hosts missed the front end of two one-and-ones.

Dordt got 16 points from Kingma while Eekhoff and Oldenkamp each had 13. Brett Heidema had nine rebounds as Concordia held a 34-28 rebounding advantage.

Concordia got 20 points from Dusan Veselinovic and he grabbed nine rebounds. Dustin Weber hit for 13 and Bredehoeft had eight.

The win improves Dordt's overall record to 14-11 overall and 8-8 in conference play while Concordia falls to 18-9 and 10-6 in the league.

"We definitely showed some character in this game," said Head Coach Greg VanSoelen, "we struggled a little in the first half and defense kept us in the ball game. We had a nice run to start the second half and stayed composed through a number of momentum swings. Eekhoff had a nice defensive play at the end of the game and Logan (Kingma) hit a big shot down the stretch. Confidence is definitely back on our side."

Other scores in the GPAC:
Dakota Wesleyan 64
Briar Cliff 79

Midland Lutheran at 67
Mount Marty 65 ot

Dana at 64
Morningside 65

Doane at 86
Northwestern 84 ot

Sioux Falls at 58
Nebraska Wesleyan 75

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

Dordt's Current Record: 14-11 (8-8)
Opponent's Current Record: 0-0 (0-0)

Team 1st Half 2nd Half Final
Dordt College 27 29 56
Concordia 32 22 54
Dordt Rebounding Leaders Total
Brett Heidema 9
Carlie Landegent 3
Logan Kingma 3
Team Total: 28
Opponent Rebounding Leaders Total
Dusan Veselinovic 9
Ryan Shrum 5
Sam Huebner 5
Team Total: 34
Dordt Scoring Leaders Total
Logan Kingma 16
Brandon Oldenkamp 13
Michael Eekhoff 13
Team Total: 56
Opponent Scoring Leaders Total
Dusan Veselinovic 20
Dustin Weber 13
Ryan Shrum 9
Team Total: 54
Dordt Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 21/54 39%
3-Point Field Goals: 4/12 33%
Free Throws: 10/14 71%
Opponent Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 21/46 46%
3-Point Field Goals: 4/14 29%
Free Throws: 8/14 57%

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