Schedule note: @ the Corn Palace
Northwestern College handed Dakota Wesleyan their first conference loss of the season as they defeated the host Tigers, 100-95, in a battle of ranked teams. The Red Raiders, ranked 18th in the latest NAIA poll, improved to 8-2 overall, 2-1 in the GPAC while DWU, ranked 23rd, drops to 8-3 overall and 3-1 in the league. It marks the 200th win for Head Coach Kris Korver who is in his eighth year with the Red Raiders. Korver has the best overall winning percentage in Northwestern men's basketball history at 82%, 200-45.
With the score tied at 21 midway through the first half, the Red Raiders outscored DWU 37-24 over the last 10 minutes to take a 58-45 halftime lead. Northwestern shot 56% in the opening half, including 73% (8/11) from the three point line. NWC held their biggest lead, 80-64, with 10:27 left in in the second half before the Tigers went on a 20-6 run to cut the lead to just two, 86-84, with five minutes left to play. Northwestern battled back and pushed the lead back to seven, 94-87, before DWU scored the next six points to make the score 94-93 with 26 seconds left. Curt Schilling, however, scored six consecutive points, four from the free throw line, to ice the game for Northwestern and hold off the Tigers.
The Red Raiders connected on 49% of their field goal attempts, 61% from the three point line, for the game. Curt Schilling led four NWC players in double figures with 34 points. He was perfect from the free throw line (11/11). Kale Wiertzema netted 20 points while Chad Schuiteman recorded a double-double with 13 points and 12 rebounds. Ryan Hoogeveen scored a career high 13 points off the bench for NWC. Northwestern out-rebounded DWU 42-32 for the game led by Schuiteman (12) Schilling and Hoogeveen with five each. Andrew Stimson dished out five assists.
Northwestern will next play Mount Marty on the road in Yankton, S.D., on Saturday, Dec. 8. Tipoff for the GPAC game is at 4:00 pm.