Men's basketball

Northwestern @ Dakota Wesleyan 8 p.m. Wednesday, February 11, Mitchell, S.D.

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Located in Mitchell, S.D., Dakota Wesleyan University is a member of the Great Plains Athletic Conference.
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A potential game-winning three-pointer by Kale Wiertzema was off the mark as the Raiders lost to ninth-ranked Dakota Wesleyan 70-68 last night in the Bultman Center. Northwestern falls to 11-4 in the GPAC, 16-9 overall while DWU holds the inside track to the GPAC regular season title with a 13-2 conference record, 22-5 overall.

Northwestern opened up its largest lead of the night, 22-11, with 13:20 left to play in the first half. After a three-pointer by Ryan Hoogeveen put NWC up 33-24. the host Tigers scored eight straight points to cut the deficit to just one (33-32). Coach Korver's squad held a slim 35-34 at the break. Hoogeveen led all players with 11 points in the first half.

DWU grabbed its second lead of the night and first since the opening seconds with an early basket in the second half, 38-37. Eight straight points by Northwestern put the Raiders back up (45-38), capped by an Alex Huisken three-pointer. With NWC up four, the Tigers initiated a 12-2 run over a four minute stretch to take its largest lead of the night, 55-49, with nine minutes to go. Northwestern battled back and tied the game at 62 on a pair of Kale Wiertzema free throws and grabbed the lead back, 64-63, on a Brent Dunkelberger jumper. DWU, however, scored on the next possession and a three-pointer by sophomore guard Chase Walder put the Tigers up by five with two minutes left. Andrew Stimson converted two free throws and another basket by Dunkelberger put NWC down one with 35 seconds left. The Raiders, forced to foul, put DWU on the line where they missed both free throws and NWC controlled the rebound. After a timeout, Northwestern put the ball in Wiertzema's hands where the senior guard drove down the lane but had his shot blocked by Brady Wiebe for DWU. The Raiders fouled immediately and DWU made one of two free throws to put the score at 70-68 with five seconds left. Northwestern advanced the ball to half-court and called a timeout where they set up a shot for Wiertzema but the senior's three-point attempt missed and DWU held on for the two-point win.

Northwestern shot 39% for the game and were led in scoring by Wiertzema who netted 12 points. Ryan Hoogeveen scored all of his 11 points in the first half and Michael Jiskoot and Ben Brown totaled 10 points each. The Raiders dominated the glass, 51-37, led by Michael Jiskoot with a career-high 19 rebounds for the junior's fourth double-double of the season. Brown added a team-high six assists.

The Raiders return home this Saturday as they play host to Doane at 4:00 pm.


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