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Dakota Wesleyan @ Northwestern 8 p.m. Wednesday, January 6, Orange City, Iowa


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Kooima Leads Northwestern In Upset Win Over DWU

Colton Kooima matched his career high with 34 points in leading Northwestern to a 102-96 upset win over No. 13 Dakota Wesleyan in a GPAC match-up played tonight in the Bultman Center. Northwestern improved to 3-5 in the GPAC, 9-8 overall. 

A match-up between two of the elite scorers in the conference, Kooima and DWU guard Trae Bergh, did not disappoint, as the duo combined for 63 points. While Kooima matched his career high from earlier this season, Bergh netted 29 in the losing effort. 

It was the hosts that got off to a blistering start as Northwestern went on an early 9-0 run  to grab a 15-6 advantage following a basket by Chris Borchers. The teams traded baskets over the next few possessions until a putback by Jordan Baker capped a 10-1 Northwestern run to put the hosts up 32-17 at the 12-minute mark. The Red Raiders stretched the lead to as much as 18 in the opening half and they held a 59-43 lead at the break.

Northwestern shot 63% in the opening half compared to 44% for DWU.

DWU came out firing in the second half and cut the lead down to nine (69-60) less than five minutes into the final period. A three-pointer by Kooima pushed the lead back to 12 but the Tigers scored the next seven points and trailed by just five (72-67) at the 13-minute mark. The teams traded baskets again during some back-and-forth action but DWU used another 7-0 run to come all the way back to tie the game at 84 after a jumper by Jason Spicer at the six-minute mark. 

Tied again at 90, Nathan Wedel put Northwestern in front for good with a lay-up and began a 7-1 run to put the Red Raiders up 97-91. Taylor Francis made four straight free throws to seal it for the hosts in their upset win.

Northwestern shot 60% for the game and had four players score in double figures, led by Kooima. Wedel registered his third straight double-double with 21 points and 10 rebounds while Jordan Baker, coming back from an ankle injury, scored all 15 of his points in the first half. Bryce Moss chipped in 10 points, all in the second half. The Red Raiders held a 40-33 edge on the boards and committed just nine turnovers.

Tate Martin complimented Bergh's scoring effort with 19 points, 17 coming in the second half. Jade Miller added 17 and Terrell Newton scored 14 for the Tigers, who shot 51% from the floor.

Northwestern will host Concordia on Saturday, Jan. 9 at 4pm.




Jordan Baker

# 32 | Forward
Senior from Sioux Falls, S.D.

Colton Kooima

# 5 | Guard
Junior from Sioux Falls, S.D.

Nathan Wedel

# 22 | Guard
Junior from Yale, S.D.

Chris Borchers

# 34 | Guard
Sophomore from Sioux Center, Iowa

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