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Dordt College Men's Basketball vs. Sioux Falls

January 27, 2010

(Sioux Center, Iowa) The Dordt College Defender men's basketball team scored a come from behind win over the Sioux Falls Cougars 83-76 in overtime basketball played at the De Witt Gym in Sioux Center, Iowa.

The Defenders overcame a slow start that saw them fall behind 25-12 with 9:28 left in the first half. The Defenders fought back with a basket and free throw by Brandon Oldenkamp and a three point basket by Logan Kingma after a Sioux Falls bucket to make it 27-18. The Kingma basket was the only three Dordt would make the entire night. Dordt continued their climb back into the game and a Michael Eekhoff jump shot made it 34-32 with 3:33 left but the Cougars had an answer, closing the half on a 8-2 run to go up 42-34 at the intermission.

Dordt got back into contention with a 12-5 run and capped the run with four straight made free throws by Eekhoff and Kingma. A Brandon Oldenkamp basket with 12:11 left gave the Defenders their first lead of the game but the Cougars would respond again with a seven point run of their own over the next 1:30 and were up 54-48. The lead grew to as many as seven on a DeShawn Howard tip-in at the 9:19 mark for a 56-49 lead. From there the comeback was on. Dordt got a free throw by Logan Kingma and a lay up by Wolterstorff to cut the lead to four and Kingma made two more free throws for a two point difference. Sioux Falls eventually pulled the led back to 69-63 with 3:32 left and it was Howard again getting the bucket.

Whittling the lead down, the Defenders got to free throws by Kingma and a Michael Eekhoff basket and free throw made it 69-68 with 1:42 and after a missed three by Sioux Falls the Defenders got a Wolterstorff basket at the 1:03 mark for their second lead of the game at 70-69. A David Maxwell turnover gave Dordt the ball and Sioux Falls immediately fouled Wolterstorff and the freshman made one of two with 00:37 left setting up a dramatic finish.

Sioux Falls missed a shot but the ball came loose and Frames hit a long two with :20 left to tie it. Dordt ran the clock down and a Michael Eekhoff shot was off the mark, sending the game to overtime.

Skyler Bloch scored the first two points for Sioux Falls in the overtime but the Defenders got three straight buckets by Wolterstorff at the 4:33. 4:14 and 3:17 mark to take control and then held Sioux Falls with out a bucket until the :16 mark when Frames hit a three-pointer to cut a 79-73 to 79-76 but Justin Van Kooten knocked down his fifth and sixth straight free throws to ice the game with :15 left and Dordt eventually won 83-76.

"I was disappointed in how flat we came out in the first ten minutes," said Dordt coach Ross Douma. "We had to challenge the guys during our first time out. After the timeout we played much better and with a purpose. I don't know that we can play better defense than we did in the second half."

Dordt made 23-56 shots from the floor and 36-49 free throws. Sioux Falls was 27-66 from the floor and 16-22 on free throws. Dordt held a slight 41-40 rebounding edge and truned the ball over 11 times to 16 times for Sioux Falls.

Wolterstorff hit for 23 points and grabbed seven rebounds while Eekhoff had 22 points, six rebounds, three assists and one steal. Kingma had 20 points and four rebounds with four steals and converted 13-18 free throws. Justin Van Kooten and Brandon Oldenkamp each had six points and Oldenkamp had a game high 14 rebounds.

"We had a mismatch and we were able to post up Logan and he got to the free throw line. Michael was great in the open court and Trevor went to work from the ten minute mark on to finish the game," said Douma. "Justin Van Kooten knocked down some big free throws for us and Brandon Oldenkamp was huge on the defensive glass....I think he got the last four rebounds."

Sioux Falls was paced by Frames with 14 points and five rebounds along with six assists. Matt Malloy added 13 points on 9-11 shooting and Skyler Bloch came off the bench to score 10 with nine rebounds.

Dordt improves to 13-8 overall and 5-7 in the league while Sioux Falls, the #10 ranked team in the country falls to 18-6 overall and 9-3 in the conference. Dordt will host Northwestern on Saturday in GPAC play at 4:00 in their next outing.

Other GPAC scores:
Dakota Wesleyan at 77
Briar Cliff 58

Hastings at 129
Midland Lutheran 124 4ot

Morningside at 60
Mount Marty 71

Concordia at 69
Doane 66

GPAC Standings:
Concordia 11-2/16-6
Dakota Wesleyan 10-2/18-5
Sioux Falls 9-3/18-6
Briar Cliff 8-3/17-5
Hastings 8-3/17-5
Northwestern 6-5/11-10
Dordt 5-7/13-8
Nebraska Wesleyan 4-7/6-12
Morningside 4-8/10-12
Doane 4-8/5-15
Dana 3-8 /7-14
Mount Marty 3-9/5-17
Midland Lutheran 1-11/3-21

Dordt's Current Record: 13-8 (5-7)
Opponent's Current Record: 18-6 (9-3)

Team 1st Half 2nd Half Final
Dordt College 34 37 83
Sioux Falls 42 39 76
Dordt Rebounding Leaders Total
Brandon Oldenkamp 14
Trevor Wolterstorff 7
Michael Eekhoff 6
Shawn Keizer 4
Team Total: 41
Opponent Rebounding Leaders Total
Bloch, Skyler 9
Malloy, Matt 5
Howard, DeShawn 5
Frames, Thomas 5
Team Total: 40
Dordt Scoring Leaders Total
Trevor Wolterstorff 23
Michael Eekhoff 22
Logan Kingma 20
Justin Van Kooten 6
Team Total: 83
Opponent Scoring Leaders Total
Framer, Thomas 14
Malloy, Matt 13
Bloch, Skyler 10
Maxwell, David 9
Team Total: 76
Dordt Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 23/56 41%
3-Point Field Goals: 1/8 12%
Free Throws: 36/49 73%
Opponent Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 27/66 41%
3-Point Field Goals: 6/22 27%
Free Throws: 16/22 73%

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