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Dordt College Men's Basketball vs. Nebraska Wesleyan

February 13, 2010

(Sioux Center, Iowa) The Dordt men snapped Nebraska Wesleyan's 4 game win streak with a convincing 84-59 win over the Prairie Wolves this afternoon with the Defenders never trailing in the contest. With the victory the Defenders pull level in conference play with the 'Wolves as both teams are now 8-8 in the GPAC. The Defender men have now won 3 in a row and 8 of their last 9 contests.

Over the first 7 minutes af action the Defenders were unable to separate themselves from the 'Wolves and the two squads held ties at 2, 4, 8 and 14 points. With the teams knotted at 14-14 a Trevor Wolterstorff layup gave Dordt the lead for good with the Defenders scoring the next 8 points to take a 22-14 advantage on a Shawn Keizer 3 pointer at 10:39. The Defenders biggest lead of the half was a 16 point cushion at 40-24 with 2:59 to go in the half on a layup by Keizer. Dordt took a 13 point lead into the intermission up 42-29 over the 'Wolves.

Dordt opened up a 16 point lead in the second half at 49-33 on a Wolterstorff free throw at 16:24 but the 'Wolves got it back down to a 10 point lead at 49-39 with 13:35 to play. Dordt responded by scoring 12 unanswered points and with less than 9 minutes to play found themselves up 22 points at 62-39 with the final 2 points of the run coming on a Logan Kingma jumper at 8:51. From that point on, Nebraska Wesleyan would be unable to cut into Dordt's 20 point cushion. The biggest lead of the game came with 3:01 to play as Austin Vande Vegte's layup gave Dordt a 31 point lead at 82-51 and the Defenders secured their 8th conference win of the year.

"Our guys did a great job of taking away some things that Nebraska Wesleyan wanted to do tonight and overall it was a good win for us," said Dordt Head Coach Ross Douma. "It was very important for us to match their physicality tonight, they have shot over 100 free throws more than their opponents and are outrebounding their oppoenents so that being physical is certainly a part of their game. To be able to outrebound them by 8 (39-31) was good and to be able to get everyone into the game again was really nice as well, it was just a good TEAM win."

Logan Kingma lead all scorers with 17 point on 7-13 from the floor and 2 of 2 from the free throw line. Trevor Wolterstorff finished the night with 15 points while Dustin Katje and Michael Eekhoff each had 14. Shawn Keizer had 9 points and a team high 3 assists. Brett Heidema and Jordan Vogel each had 5 rebounds for the Defenders.

Nebraska Wesleyan was lead by Jake Spurgeon's 12 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists. Jim Lance was the only other Prairie Wolf in double figures with 10 points.

The Defenders were 53% shooting from the floor on 32 of 60 while Nebraska Wesleyan shot 43% on 22 of 51. The 'Wolves really struggled from the free throw line in the second half shooting 6-20 and were 13-29 (44.8%)on the night while Dordt shot 13 of 23 (56.5%) from the stripe. Dordt outrebound the 'Wolves 39-31 and the Prairie Wolves turned the ball over 17 times to Dordt's 15. Other GPAC scores:
Doane at 63
Briar Cliff 84

Northwestern at 79
Hastings 93

Dana at 68
Morningside 82

Midland Lutheran at 69
Mount Marty 81

Concordia at 63
Sioux Falls 73

GPAC Standings:
Dakota Wesleyan 14-2 / 22-5
Hastings 13-3 / 22-5
Sioux Falls 12-5 / 21-8
Briar Cliff 11-5 / 20-7
Concordia 11-6 / 17-11
Northwestern 9-7 / 14-12
Dordt 8-8 / 17-9
Nebraska Wesleyan 8-8 / 10-13
Morningside 5-11 / 11-16
Dana 4-12 / 8-18
Mount Marty 4-12 / 6-21
Doane 4-12 / 5-19
Midland Lutheran 2-14 / 4-24

Dordt will host Mount Marty on Wednesday, February 17 in their last home game of the regular season. Scheduled start time for the men's game is 8:00 pm.

Dordt's Current Record: 17-9 (8-8)
Opponent's Current Record: 10-13 (8-8)

Team 1st Half 2nd Half Final
Dordt College 42 42 84
Nebraska Wesleyan 29 30 59
Dordt Rebounding Leaders Total
Brett Heidema 5
Jordan Vogel 5
Michael Eekhoff 4
Shawn Keizer 4
Team Total: 39
Opponent Rebounding Leaders Total
Spurgeon, Jake 6
Potter, Brett 6
Arp, Bryce 4
Dinan, Nick 4
Team Total: 31
Dordt Scoring Leaders Total
Logan Kingma 17
Trevor Wolterstorff 15
Dustin Katje 14
Michael Eekhoff 14
Team Total: 84
Opponent Scoring Leaders Total
Spurgeon, Jake 12
Lance, Jim 10
Potter, Brett 8
Thramer, Ryan 7
Team Total: 59
Dordt Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 32/60 53%
3-Point Field Goals: 7/17 41%
Free Throws: 13/23 57%
Opponent Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 22/51 43%
3-Point Field Goals: 2/17 12%
Free Throws: 13/29 45%

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