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Dordt College Men's Basketball vs. Dakota Wesleyan

January 13, 2010

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(Mitchell, South Dakota) The Dakota Wesleyan Tigers took an 84-70 decision from the Dordt College men's basketball team on Wednesday night at the Corn Palace in Mitchell, South Dakota to improve to 6-2 in the league while the Defenders lost for the third time in five days in league play.

Dordt fell behind early at 13-2 with 15:43 left in the first half but fought their way back into the game, chipping the lead down to four with six point run and then took their first lead of the game on a Michael Eekhoff three-pointer with 6:01 left in the half. After a Wesleyan bucket Trevor Wolterstorff converted a basket with 5:00 left in the half for a 27-26 advantage. Wesleyan responded with a three-pointer by reserve Mark Mingo and eventually led 39-34 at the half with a Dustin Katje basket with :41 left trimming the lead from eight points.

Wesleyan took firm control of the game with 15-4 run to start the second half and it was an uphill climb the rest of the contest. A conventional three point play by Wolterstorff got Dordt to within seven at the 5:01 mark but the Defenders couldn't continue the run and lost by an eventual 84-70 difference.

Dordt shot 50.8 percent from the floor with a 30-59 night and made 5-15 three-pointers along but made only 5-14 free throws. Dakota Wesleyan converted 27-62 field goals and 5-17 three-pointers and benefited from making 25-40 free throws. Dordt held a slight 40-39 rebounding edge but turned the ball over 15 times--12 times by Wesleyan steals and the hosts gave the ball up just four times.

Jordan Vogel was a perfect 9-9 from the floor for a career high 18 points while Michael Eekhoff had 18 and Wolterstorff had 11. Logan Kingma had seven points and eight rebounds--sharing team honors with Vogel in rebounding. Eekhoff got credit for five assists.

"We are getting better. We showed some character in coming back after getting down early. Jordan Vogel played an outstanding game--he's been playing well since Christmas break and we got some good bench play. We just have to stay at it and prepare for Hastings," said Dordt coach Ross Douma.

Dakota Wesleyan was led by Darrin Dorsey's 25 points and eight rebounds while Brady Wiebe had 23 points and ten rebounds.

Dordt is now 9-8 overall and 1-7 in league play while Dakota Wesleyan is 14-5 and 6-2. Dordt will host Hastings College on Saturday in a 4:00 game.

GPAC Scores:
Briar Cliff University 50, Mount Marty College 46
University of Sioux Falls 85, Northwestern College 84
Hastings College 79, Dana College 73
Concordia University 70, Nebraska Wesleyan University 68
Dakota Wesleyan University 84, Dordt College 70

GPAC Standings:
Briar Cliff 6-1/15-3
Sioux Falls 7-2/15-5
Concordia 7-2/12-6
Hastings 6-2/15-4
Dakota Wesleyan 6-2/14-5
Northwestern 5-3/10-8
Morningside 4-4/10-8
Nebraska Wesleyan 3-3/5-8
Dana 2-6/6-12
Mount Marty 2-6/4-14
Midland Lutheran 1-6/3-16
Dordt 1-7/9-8
Doane 1-7/2-14

Dordt's Current Record: 9-8 (1-7)
Opponent's Current Record: 14-5 (6-2)

Team 1st Half 2nd Half Final
Dordt College 34 36 70
Dakota Wesleyan 39 45 84
Dordt Rebounding Leaders Total
Jordan Vogel 8
Logan Kingma 8
Team Total: 40
Opponent Rebounding Leaders Total
Brady Wiebe 10
Preston Broughton 9
Darrin Dorsey 8
Team Total: 39
Dordt Scoring Leaders Total
Michael Eekhoff 18
Jordan Vogel 18
Trevor Wolterstorff 11
Team Total: 70
Opponent Scoring Leaders Total
Darrin Dorsey 25
Brady Wiebe 23
Mitch Bain 15
Team Total: 84
Dordt Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 30/59 51%
3-Point Field Goals: 5/15 33%
Free Throws: 5/14 36%
Opponent Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 27/62 44%
3-Point Field Goals: 5/17 29%
Free Throws: 25/40 62%

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