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Dakota Wesleyan @ Northwestern 8 p.m. Wednesday, January 8, Orange City, Iowa

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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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Leeper Leads Northwestern Past DWU

Zack Leeper scored a game-high 26 points in leading Northwestern to its second straight win, defeating Dakota Wesleyan 70-66 in overtime. The Red Raiders improve to 3-5 in conference play, 10-8 overall, while Dakota Wesleyan had its five-game win streak snapped and falls to 3-5 in the GPAC, 10-8 overall. 

Coming off a career-high 37-point effort in the win over Buena Vista, Leeper followed with 26 points against DWU, 19 of which came in the second half and overtime period. The senior made 11-of-18 field goal attempts and also pulled down seven rebounds. Joey Habtemariam put in 12 points for NWC, all but two coming in the final two periods. 

Northwestern fell behind early for the second straight game, trailing 9-2 at the 16-minute mark. Both teams struggled mightily shooting-wise over the next several minutes and it still was a seven-point game (20-13) with five minutes to go. The Red Raiders, however, began a 6-0 run and outscored DWU 11-2 after Leeper knocked down a three-pointer as time expired to take its first lead, 24-22, at the break. 

The Red Raiders continued to pull away in the early stages of the second half, opening up a 14-point lead (45-31) at the nine-minute mark. Still leading by 11 (48-37), Dakota Wesleyan rallied, however, and cut the gap two four (50-46) after a couple of free throws by Luke Bamberg. A jumper by Leeper and free throws by Jordan Hamamoto put the lead back up to eight but DWU converted four straight three-point plays, the final being a three-pointer by Trae Bergh with four seconds left to send the game into overtime.

 Northwestern began the overtime period with an 8-2 run and never trailed thereafter, taking the four-point win, 70-66.

Northwestern shot 38% for the game and a much better 50% in the second half and overtime period. They held a 47-42 advantage on the glass, led by Levi Ettleman (10) and Rob Gill (8), who both tallied career highs. 

Dakota Wesleyan shot 28% for the game and 22% from beyond the arc, going just 8-for-36 from three-point range. Jalen Voss recorded a double-double with 21 points and 15 rebounds and Kris Menning added 19, making 4-of-12 three-pointers. Trae Bergh was held to just nine points by the Raider defense. 

Northwestern will host Concordia on Saturday afternoon, Jan. 11, at 4pm. 

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