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Dordt College Men's Basketball vs. Midland Lutheran-GPAC Tournament 1st Round

February 24, 2009

(Sioux Center, Iowa) Dordt and Midland Lutheran traded baskets in the first half but a hot second half start from 3 point range for Dordt College lifted the Defenders to an 88-70 first round GPAC tournament win over the Warriors . With the win the Defenders improve to 15-13 overall and Dordt will now travel to play the number 3 seeded Dakota Wesleyan Tigers in quarterfinal action on Thursday.

The two teams didn't make many defensive stops in the first half as Dordt took a 43-42 lead on a Michael Eekhoff at the buzzer. The basket capped a half in which Dordt shot 50 percent from the floor but Midland Lutheran was better at 56 percent. The Defenders trailed by as many as five points in the first half at 31-26 when Trey Boggs converted a pair of free throws with 5:59 left in the half.

Dordt opened the second half with a three-point basket by Brandon Oldenkamp and Dustin Katje banged one in after a Jason Ahrens basket for the Warriors. Oldenkamp knocked in another three to force a Midland Lutheran timeout with the visitors down 52-44.

The Warriors responded by cutting the deficit to two at 52-50 when Evan Lamprecht scored a pair of free throws with 17:06 left. The Defenders outscored the Warriors 13-6 to build a nine point lead and took their first double-digit lead of the game on a jumper by Michael Eekhoff with 7:44 left. Midland Lutheran never got closer then nine and won going away with an 88-70 difference.

Dordt outscored the visitors 45-28 in the second half and managed to shoot fifty percent for the game--31-62. Dordt also converted 9-22 three-pointers and made 17-21 free throws. Midland Lutheran was 30-65 from the floor and 2-10 on three-pointers. The Warriors converted 8-12 free throws and held a slight rebounding edge at 35-34.

Dordt was paced by Michael Eekhoff's 26 points and seven assists while Brandon Oldenkamp had 15 with five rebounds. Dustin Katje added 14 and Brett Heidema came off the bench to score nine with three rebounds. Logan Kingma led Dordt with six rebounds and he had six points. Mark Rowenhorst added seven points in a reserve role.

Midland Lutheran was led by Jason Ahrens' 24 points on 12-17 shooting and Evan Lamprecht had 20 points while making 8-9 baskets. No other Midland Lutheran player had more than six points.

"We struggled a little defensively in the first half and we knew that we needed to string some stops together in the second half," said Coach Greg Van Soelen. "We rebounded well defensively in the second and had a great start from three point range. We wanted to keep the uptempo pace in the second half and it paid off. Eekhoff was very good offensively tonight, he wants to be the best player on the floor every night and he really picked it up in this game. We look forward to the challenge of our game with Dakota Wesleyan on Thursday and are excited for the opportunity. We had the 22nd toughest schedule in the country this season and it will help us be prepared for this post-season."

Dordt will travel to Mitchell, South Dakota on Thursday night for a quarterfinal round game with Dakota Weslyean that starts at 8:30.

Other GPAC scores:

GPAC Men's First Round Tuesday, February 24
#9 Sioux Falls 76, #8 Sioux Falls 65
#5 Hastings 76, #12 Doane 75
#7 Dordt 86, #10 Midland Lutheran 72
#6 Concordia 60, #11 Mount Marty 54

GPAC Men's Quarterfinals - Thursday, February 26
#9 Sioux Falls (16-15) at #1 Morningside (23-6), 8:00 PM
#5 Hastings (17-14) at #4 Northwestern (16-12), 8:00 PM
#7 Dordt (15-13) at #2 Dakota Wesleyan (23-7), 8:30 PM
#6 Concordia (19-11) at #3 Briar Cliff (23-6), 7:30 PM

Dordt's Current Record: 15-13 (8-10)
Opponent's Current Record: 8-22 (6-12)

Team 1st Half 2nd Half Final
Dordt College 43 45 88
Midland Lutheran-GPAC Tournament 1st Round 42 28 70
Dordt Rebounding Leaders Total
Logan Kingma 6
Brandon Oldenkamp 5
Jeremy Zeutenhorst 4
Michael Eekhoff 3
Team Total: 34
Opponent Rebounding Leaders Total
Langemeier, Chad 7
Simons, Luke 7
Ahrens, Jason 3
Rosenboom, Zach 3
Team Total: 35
Dordt Scoring Leaders Total
Michael Eekhoff 26
Brandon Oldenkamp 15
Dustin Katje 14
Brett Heidema 9
Team Total: 88
Opponent Scoring Leaders Total
Ahrens, Jason 24
Lamprecht, Evan 20
Boggs, Trey 6
Mach, Brandon 6
Team Total: 70
Dordt Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 31/62 50%
3-Point Field Goals: 9/22 41%
Free Throws: 17/21 81%
Opponent Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 30/65 46%
3-Point Field Goals: 2/10 20%
Free Throws: 8/12 67%

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