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Dordt College Men's Basketball vs. Morningside

February 21, 2009

(Sioux Center, Iowa) The Dordt College Defenders went to overtime with the Morningside Mustangs in Great Plains Athletic Conference basketball on Saturday afternoon but couldn't finish a ten-point comeback in dropping the 84-77 extra session loss. The Mustangs earned the outright GPAC title with the win coupled with a loss by Dakota WEsleyan on the road to Sioux Falls.

Dordt built a 24-12 lead with 7:47 left in the first half on a pair of free throws by Mark Taatjes. Morningside proceeded to cut the lead down and tied the game at 26-26 on an Eddie Marrs field goal with 3:39 left in the half. The two teams traded points--Dordt on a pair of Taatjes free throws and Morningside on a Seth Atkins basket for a tie at 28 and the two teams were tied at 30 when Michael Eekhoff made his only field goal of the first half for a 32-30 halftime lead.

Morningside outscored Dordt 14-2 to start the second half and built a 44-34 lead with 15:01 left. Dordt then came roaring back and cut the lead to 46-42 on back to back old-fashioned three point plays by Logan Kingma. Dordt evetually tied the game at 52-52 with 10:31 left on a pair of Michael Eekhoff free throws.

The score was tied again at 59-59 and but the Mustangs scored the next six points to make it 65-59. Dordt again clawed their way back into the game and tied the game at 69 on a three-point play by Kingma with :22 left in the game. After a Morningside timeout the Mustangs worked the clock down and Eddie Marrs was fouled with :07.7 left in the game and the junior proceeded to miss both free throws. Dordt got the ball up the floor but a wing-jumper by Taatjes from about 15 feet refused to go down at the buzzer and the teams went to an extra session.

Morningside drew first blood in the extra period when Bryan Fink hit his only three of the game and the Mustangs were still up 73-71 after a Kingma basket with 3:40 left. The two teams went the next 2:50 without a score with Morningside finally getting a basket--a three by Marrs to establish a five point lead Dordt would never fully dent. Marrs scored 11 points in the overtime.

Dordt was 27-65 from the floor for 41.5 percent while Morningside made 27-57. Dordt shot 3-19 from the three-point line and 20-22 on free throws. Morningside made 6-14 long shots and 24-34 free throws. Rebounding was even at 38-38 amd Dordt had 16 turnovers to 17 for the Mustangs.

Kingma had 20 points and nine rebounds with two blocked shots and Mark Taatjes had 19 points and eight rebounds. Brandon Oldenkamp put down 18 with seven rebounds and Michael Eekhoff had 10 points with three assists.

Morningside was paced by Marrs with 35 and Nick Thompson hit for 20 points and 11 rebounds.

"We played some very good basketball this week, we just weren't able to get the results," said Head Coach Greg VanSoelen after the game. "Our effort was terrific, I was very proud of the way we played. We put ourselves in a position to win the game and showed some character when we were down. Marrs was certainly the difference maker, he had a very good night. We have a tough row to hoe going in to the tournament but we will be ready for practice on Monday. If we give an effort like we gave today we will do well."

GPAC scores
Mount Marty College 77, Doane College 72
Briar Cliff University 92, Northwestern College 73
Morningside College 84, Dordt College 77 (OT)
University of Sioux Falls 80, Dakota Wesleyan University 71
Dana College 89, Concordia University 65
Hastings College 65, Nebraska Wesleyan University 54

Final GPAC Standings
Morningside 15-3
Briar Cliff 14-4
Dakota Wesleyan 14-4
Northwestern 11-7
Hastings 11-7
Concordia 10-8
Dordt 8-10
Dana 8-10
Sioux Falls 7-11
Nebraska Wesleyan 6-12
Midland Lutheran 6-12
Mount Marty 4-14
Doane 3-15

Dordt will hold the #7 seed in the GPAC post-season tournament and they will host Midland Lutheran on Tuesday night, February 24 at 8:00.

Dordt's Current Record: 14-13 (8-10)
Opponent's Current Record: 23-6 (15-3)

Team 1st Half 2nd Half OT 1 Final
Dordt College 32 37 8 77
Morningside 30 39 15 84
Dordt Rebounding Leaders Total
Logan Kingma 9
Mark Taatjes 8
Brandon Oldenkamp 7
Brett Heidema 4
Team Total: 38
Opponent Rebounding Leaders Total
Thompson, Nick 11
Marrs, Eddie 9
Carstens, Mitch 4
Hamilton, Garth 3
Team Total: 38
Dordt Scoring Leaders Total
Logan Kingma 20
Mark Taatjes 19
Brandon Oldenkamp 18
Michael Eekhoff 10
Team Total: 77
Opponent Scoring Leaders Total
Marrs, Eddie 35
Thompson, Nick 20
Hamilton, Garth 8
Atkins, Seth 7
Team Total: 84
Dordt Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 27/65 42%
3-Point Field Goals: 3/19 16%
Free Throws: 20/22 91%
Opponent Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 27/57 47%
3-Point Field Goals: 6/14 43%
Free Throws: 24/34 71%

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