The Raiders won their eighth consecutive game as they defeated 16th-ranked Dakota Wesleyan, 82-70. The win improves NWC to 12-3 in the GPAC, and they remain tied with USF for the league lead with three games left to play. Northwestern is 19-6 overall and is ranked 10th in this week's NAIA D-II poll.
With DWU leading 11-10, the Raiders scored the next eight points to get the 18-11 edge. NWC remained in control for the rest of the first half and led by four at intermission, 41-37. Early in the second half, the Tigers cut the lead down to one (49-48) before the Raiders went on a 10-4 run to go back up by seven with 10 minutes left to play. DWU made one last charge and cut the gap to two (64-62), but Coach Korver's squad outscored the Tigers 18-8 over the final six minutes to pull away and seal the win.
Chad Schuiteman recorded his 15th double-double on the year with 23 points and 16 rebounds to lead NWC. Guards Kale Wiertzema and Andrew Stimson added 18 and 16 points, respectively. The Raiders limited Brock Seim, the leading scorer in the GPAC, to just 11 points and held the Tigers to just 39% shooting from the field for the game.
Northwestern will travel to Fremont, Neb., to play Midland Lutheran this Saturday, Feb. 10, at 4:00 p.m.