Dordt College Men's Basketball vs. Grace
February 9, 2010
(Sioux Center, Iowa) After a tough first half of shooting the Dordt Defenders pulled away from Grace University in the second half and cruised to the 84-56 win over the non-conference opponent. With the win the Defenders improve to 16-9 overall.
Dordt took the early lead in the ball game, a lead they held for the duration, and had 12 point leads at 18-6 and 23-11 before a 10 to 2 run by the Royals cut the lead down to 2 at 25-23 with 6:12 to go in the half. Dordt respondeed with a 3 pointer by Oldenkamp and a jumper by Eekhoff to get the cushion back to 7 with 4:36 to play at 30-23. Neither team was able to score over the next 4 minutes of play and a single free throw by Dordt and a pair by Grace in the last 21 seconds put the score at 31-25 going into the break.
In the second half Dordt jumped out to an 11 point lead at 38-27 on a Shawn Keizer layup with 17:14 remaining. With 14:02 left the Royals cut the lead to as close as 6 but Dordt proceeded to go on an 18 to 4 run taking a 20 point lead at 57-37 with 10:45 to go. The Defenders would continue to increase their lead and pushed the gap to more than 30 points at 75-44 with 4 minutes to go on a Brett Heidema. Dordt's largest lead of the game was 36 points which came on a Kevin Fopma 3 pointer with just over two minutes to go at 82-46.
Dordt outrebounded Grace 47-27. The Defenders held a 9-5 edge in steals and the Royals turned the ball over 18 times to Dordt's 12.
Trevor Wolterstorff had 15 points, 4 rebounds and a block for the Defenders. Jordan Vogel had 12 points and 4 rebounds while Shawn Keizer rounded out the double digit scores for Dordt with 10. Dustin Katje had 6 assists for Dordt and Brandon Oldenkamp had a team high 7 rebounds.
Grace's LaMar McMorris lead all scorers with 17 points. McMorris also had 2 assists and 9 turnovers. Jonathan Loutzenhizer had 10 points for the Royals who fall to 8-13 on the season and 0-5 against GPAC opponents.
"We didn't shoot the ball real well in the first half," stated Dordt Head Coach Ross Douma, "part of that was due to our unselfish play. We were making the extra pass and turning down some shots that we had in the rhythm of play. That type of unselfishness really says a lot about the type of young men we have on our team, they all wanted to get their teammates involved in the action. We really weren't taking bad shots either, they just weren't dropping. We were able to overpower them inside early on and had a dominating night on the boards. It was nice to see everyone get a chance to play, there are guys that work very hard in practice every day that don't get much floor time."
The Defenders will be at home on Saturday, February 13 for a 4:00 pm GPAC game against Nebraska Wesleyan.
Dordt's Current Record: 16-9 (7-8)
Opponent's Current Record: 8-13 (0-0)
|Team||1st Half||2nd Half||Final|
|Dordt Rebounding Leaders||Total|
|Opponent Rebounding Leaders||Total|
|Dordt Scoring Leaders||Total|
|Opponent Scoring Leaders||Total|
|Dordt Team Shooting||Pct|
|3-Point Field Goals:||6/21||29%|
|Opponent Team Shooting||Pct|
|3-Point Field Goals:||6/20||30%|
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