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Dordt College Men's Basketball vs. Morningside

January 11, 2010

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(Sioux City, Iowa) In a game pitting teams that were coming off losses on Saturday the Dordt College Defender men's basketball team was unable to hold a 31-25 halftime lead against the Morningside Mustangs at the Rosen-Verdorn Sports Complex in Sioux City and fell by a final of 70-65 on Monday night, January 11. The rare Monday GPAC game was made necessary by the snow storm that gripped the area last week Wednesday when the two teams were originally scheduled to play.

Dordt held a ten point lead in the first half, the last time at 29-19 with 3:54 left in the half on a Trevor Wolterstorff basket in the paint. Dordt took a brief lead of eight points at 31-23 after back to back Morningside buckets but the Mustangs capped the physical first half with a lay up by Adam Palmer with :51 left in the half for a 31-25 intermission score.

Dordt scored the first points of the second half on a Brett Heidema basket but surrendered the next seven points with Eddie Marrs coming alive for a three point bucket and a two point basket before Mitch Carstens gave Morningside a lead of 36-35 with 17:25 left. Dordt answered with four straight points with Wolterstorff getting a bucket in the paint and Michael Eekhoff scored on a basket for a 39-36 advantage but the hosts took the lead back for good with a three point shot by Carstens with 15:58 left in the game for a 41-39 advantage.

The five point run grew to a 12 point run before Dordt was able to stop the bleeding on a Jordan Vogel basket with 12:12 left. The Defenders hung around and gave themselves a chance in the closing minutes when they trimmed the lead to six but got no closer until the closing seconds when a pair of Michael Eekhoff free throws made it 69-65. The Mustangs made 1-2 free throws with :20 left and Dordt couldn't convert in losing 70-65.

Dordt is now 9-7 overall and 1-6 in the league with Morningside improving to 10-8 overall and 4-4 in the conference.

Dordt made 22-58 shots from the floor and 16-20 free throws with Morningside converting 27-65 shots from the field and 11-15 free throws. Dordt held a 43-36 rebounding advantage but turned the ball over 24 times--19 in the first half.

Wolterstorff paced Dordt with 17 points and ten rebounds with Logan Kingma scoring 15 with three caroms and three assists. Michael Eekhoff had eight points, seven rebounds and four assists while Austin Vande Vegte scored eight in a reserve role and Brandon Oldenkamp had seven poitns and seve rebounds with one block and one steal.

"We saw some things that were better in this game. I thought our overall defensive effort was good and I thought we showed good balance and got some strong bench play. 24 turnovers is too many against a good team," said Dordt coach Ross Douma.

Morningside got 22 points from Marrs while Mitch Carstens and Adam Palmer had 18 and ten respectively.

Dordt will face Dakota Wesleyan in Mitchell, South Dakota on Wednesday in the next outing for the Defenders.

Dordt's Current Record: 9-7 (1-6)
Opponent's Current Record: 10-8 (4-4)

Team 1st Half 2nd Half Final
Dordt College 31 34 65
Morningside 25 45 70
Dordt Rebounding Leaders Total
Trevor Wolterstorff 10
Brandon Oldenkamp 7
Michael Eekhoff 7
Team Total: 43
Opponent Rebounding Leaders Total
Mitchell Schultze 6
Adam Palmer 5
Mitch Carstens 5
Team Total: 36
Dordt Scoring Leaders Total
Trevor Wolterstorff 17
Logan Kingma 15
Austin Vande Vegte 8
Michael Eekhoff 8
Team Total: 65
Opponent Scoring Leaders Total
Eddie Marrs 22
Mitch Carstens 18
Adam Palmer 10
Team Total: 70
Dordt Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 22/58 38%
3-Point Field Goals: 5/14 36%
Free Throws: 16/20 80%
Opponent Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 27/65 42%
3-Point Field Goals: 5/19 26%
Free Throws: 11/15 73%

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