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Dordt College Men's Basketball vs. Midland Lutheran

February 6, 2010

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(Fremont, Nebraska) The Dordt men bounced back from a 1 point loss on Wednesday with a convincing 83-65 win over Midland Lutheran on the road this afternoon. With the victory Dordt improves to 15-9 overall and 7-8 in GPAC play.

Although the Warriors are sitting at the bottom of the conference table, they have played much of the their GPAC competition tightly as of late and rallied back from a 27 point deficit to get within 10 points late in the game before falling to the Defenders. The Defenders scored first on a Trevor Wolterstorff lay-up that was answered by an Ahrens' jumper to tie it. Wolterstorff hit a jumper to give Dordt a 4-2 lead, a lead that they would never relinquish. Dordt got off to a quick start and opened up a 20 point lead at 28-8 after scoring 18 straight points from the 15:03 mark to the 9:24 mark. With 3:10 left in the half the Defenders pushed the margin to 27 points at 44-17 on a Shawn Keizer 3 pointer and took a 23 point lead in to half-time at 46-23. Trevor Wolterstorff had 14 points for Dordt in the first half of play and Shawn Keizer added nine on 3 of 3 from three point range.

In the second half Dordt extended their margin to as large as 27 at 62-35 on an Austin Vande Vegte 3 pointer with 13:04 to go. Midland Lutheran did not go away and with 2:35 to play an Ahren's 3 pointer for Midland made it a 10 point game at 73-63. The Warriors then applied a full court press but Dordt was able to beat the press and get two fast break buckets to go back up 77-63 and coasted in for the 83-65 conference win.

"Our guys were really focused this afternoon and we got off to a really good start. This game was really won on Thursday and Friday as we had some very good practices largely in part to some great leadership from our upperclassmen," stated Dordt Head Coach Ross Douma. "There was a little momentum swing late in the second half but some key offensive rebounds on missed free throws and a good day of rebounding from all positions help us seal the win. Trevor was a tough match up for them and I was pleased with the job that Michael (Eekhoff) and Justin (Van Kooten) did on Ahrens. Our senior leadership has really stepped up over the last month so it was good to see Eekhoff, Kingma, Van Kooten and Heidema all contributing in this one. Now we really need to hone in and get as many wins as we can down the stretch."

Trevor Wolterstorff had a game high 24 points for the Defenders going 10-16 from the floor and 4 of 5 from the free throw line. Shawn Keizer added 16 on 4 of 7 from the floor including 3 of 4 from beyond the arc and 5 of 6 from the free throw line. Logan Kingma's 15 points and Michael Eekhoff's 10 round out the double digit scorers for Dordt. Logan Kingma and Brandon Oldenkamp each pulled down 6 rebounds.

The Defenders outrebounded Midland 37-27 and Dordt committed 8 turnovers to the Warriors 5. Midland was lead by Jason Ahrens with 19 and and Zach Rosenboom with 17.

Other GPAC scores from today:
Briar Cliff at 81
Hastings 96

Morningside at 64
Sioux Falls 75

Northwestern at 98
Dana 79

Dakota Wesleyan at 73
Concordia 63

Mount Marty at 59
Nebraska Wesleyan 73

GPAC Standings:
Dakota Wesleyan 13-2/21-5
Hastings 11-3/20-5
Concordia 11-4/17-9
Sioux Falls 11-4/20-7
Briar Cliff 9-5/18-7
Northwestern 8-6/13-11
Nebraska Wesleyan 7-7/9-12
Dordt 7-8/15-9
Morningside 4-10/10-15
Doane 4-10/5-17
Dana 3-11/7-17
Mount Marty 3-11/5-20
Midland Lutheran 2-12/4-22

The Defender men will host a non-conference game against Grace on Tuesday, January 9th at 7:30 pm in Sioux Center, Iowa.

Dordt's Current Record: 15-9 (7-8)
Opponent's Current Record: 4-22 (2-12)

Team 1st Half 2nd Half Final
Dordt College 46 37 83
Midland Lutheran 23 42 65
Dordt Rebounding Leaders Total
Brandon Oldenkamp 6
Logan Kingma 6
Michael Eekhoff 4
Trevor Wolterstorff 4
Team Total: 37
Opponent Rebounding Leaders Total
Langemeier, Chad 5
Ahrens, Jason 5
Rosenboom, Zach 4
Knobbe, Alex 4
Team Total: 27
Dordt Scoring Leaders Total
Trevor Wolterstorff 24
Shawn Keizer 16
Logan Kingma 15
Michael Eekhoff 10
Team Total: 83
Opponent Scoring Leaders Total
Ahrens, Jason 19
Rosenboom, Zach 17
Knobbe, Alex 14
Pieper, Eric 7
Team Total: 65
Dordt Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 32/53 60%
3-Point Field Goals: 4/10 40%
Free Throws: 15/19 79%
Opponent Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 28/64 44%
3-Point Field Goals: 4/17 24%
Free Throws: 5/13 38%

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