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Dordt College Men's Basketball vs. Northwestern

December 2, 2009

(Orange City, Iowa) The Dordt College Defender men's basketball team suffered a 97-77 loss at Northwestern in Orange City, Iowa, Wednesday night. The hosts pulled away from a 34-34 halftime tie to score their seventh win in a row while Dordt lost for the first time to an NAIA school in eight starts.

Dordt scored the first three points of the game on three free throws and Northwestern answered back with 13 points in a row with the final three points coming on a three-point shot by Walker Seim. Dordt recovered to cut the lead down and eventually tied it on free throws by Michael Eekhoff at the 8:27 mark for a 20-20 tie. The score was tied at 30, 32 and 34 with Logan Kingma scoring the final points of the half on a shot in the paint.

Dordt was playing from behind much of the second half and led briefly with wen they ran off nine points in a row to go from down 50-45 to up 54-50 with the final two baskets of the run coming on steals and transition baskets. The 54-50 lead came at the 14:48 mark. Northwestern responded with a nine point run of their own and Dordt would get no closer than two the rest of the way, getting to within 61-59 at the 10:59 mark on a Kevin Yoder basket and the Raiders pulled out to a double digit lead and rode that advantage to a 97-77 final.

"That spurt we've had in games wasn't there," said Dordt College coach Ross Douma. "We didn't shoot well and at halftime we felt fortunate to be tied as poorly as we played. We were getting to the free throw line in the first half but we stopped doing the things that got us there in the second half."

Dordt suffered through a 23-61 shooting night and converted just 4-17 three-point shots. Dordt did had an advantage at the free throw line where they were 27-40 but Northwestern offset that with a 49-40 rebounding advantage. Northwestern converted 36-76 shots and made 12-25 three-pointers. Northwestern did make 13-21 free throws.

Michael Eekhoff scored 20 points--half of them at the free throw line where he was 10-11. Trevor Wolterstorff scored 15 and had a team high eight rebounds. Logan Kingma converted 13 points and Brandon Oldenkamp had 10. Dustin Katje scored eight and had six rebounds in a reserve role with Kingma and Oldenkamp both grabbing six rebounds.

Northwestern got 28 points from Walker Seim as he made 5-7 three-point shots and 10-14 field goals. Ben Miller and Ryan Hoogeveen both had 17 with Hoogeveen getting 15 in the second half and had 11 rebounds. Miller had six assists.

Northwestern is now 3-0 in the league and 7-3 overall while Dordt falls to 1-1 and 7-2. Dordt will face Morningside on Saturday afternoon in Sioux Center starting at 4:00.

GPAC Scores:
Dana at 73
Nebraska Wesleyan 82

Midland Lutheran at 54
Hastings 88

Sioux Falls at 65
Morningside 51

Mount Marty at 76
Dakota Wesleyan 79

Dordt at 77
Northwestern 97

Doane at 64
Concordia 82

GPAC Standings Team/Conference/Overall Sioux Falls/3-0/9-2
Concordia/3-0/7-3
Northwestern/3-0/7-3
Dakota Wesleyan/2-1/7-2
Hastings/2-1/7-3
Briar Cliff/1-1/7-1
Dordt/1-1/7-2
Nebraska Wesleyan/1-1/2-4
Morningside/1-2/5-4
Doane/1-2/2-7
Dana/0-3/2-7
Midland Lutheran/0-3/2-9
Mount Marty/0-3/1-10

Dordt's Current Record: 7-2 (1-1)
Opponent's Current Record: 7-3 (3-0)

Team 1st Half 2nd Half Final
Dordt College 34 43 77
Northwestern 34 63 97
Dordt Rebounding Leaders Total
Trevor Wolterstorff 8
Dustin Katje 6
Logan Kingma 6
Team Total: 40
Opponent Rebounding Leaders Total
Ryan Hoogeveen 11
Ben Miller 9
Ryan Stock 5
Team Total: 49
Dordt Scoring Leaders Total
Michael Eekhoff 20
Trevor Wolterstorff 15
Logan Kingma 13
Brandon Oldenkamp 10
Team Total: 77
Opponent Scoring Leaders Total
Walker Seim 28
Ben Miller 17
Ryan Hoogeveen 17
Daniel Van Kalsbeek 11
Team Total: 97
Dordt Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 23/61 38%
3-Point Field Goals: 4/17 24%
Free Throws: 27/40 68%
Opponent Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 36/76 47%
3-Point Field Goals: 12/25 48%
Free Throws: 13/21 62%

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