Nathan Wedel matched his season high with 21 points to help No.4 Northwestern College defeat Waldorf 101-83 on Wednesday night in the Bultman Center.
Northwestern earned its 15th straight win and improved to 15-1 on the year. The Red Raiders are just one win shy of matching its longest win streak in 13 years (won 16 straight in 2004-05). Waldorf lost its fourth straight game and dropped to 5-10 on the year.
Wedel excelled on both ends of the floor, leading his team with 21 points, going 9-for-13 from the field. The junior also ripped down six rebounds, dished out a game-high six assists and added five steals. Four additional Red Raiders scored in double figures, highlighted by Colton Kooima with 17 and Jordan Baker with 15. Both Derek Buysse (12pts, 10 rebounds) and Justin Van Kalsbeek (10pts, 13 rebounds) recorded their second career double-double. Parker Mulder netted 10 points, his second straight game in double figures.
How It Happened...
Both teams began the game cold from the field as they combined to miss their first 11 field goal attempts. Northwestern, however, got its rhythm offensively, going on an 11-2 run, capped by a floater in the paint by Baker at the 14-minute mark.
With the Red Raider lead still at nine (24-15), consecutive baskets by Wedel and Chris Borchers sparked a 7-2 spurt to extend the lead to 14 with six minutes left in the opening half. Northwestern then seized control of the game for good with outstanding effort both on the defensive end and on the glass, limiting Waldorf to just three points over the final six minutes for a 52-26 halftime advantage.
Northwestern shot 45% in the opening half but limited the Warriors to 26% from the field and just 15% (2-for-13 from three-point range.
The Red Raiders maintained a double-digit lead over the final 20 minutes. Waldorf used a 15-5 run to get as close as 14 (74-60) after a three-point play by Myles Simmons at the 10-minute mark. Northwestern put the game away with a subsequent 10-1 surge, finished off with a Buysse three-pointer from the top of the key.
By the Numbers...
Northwestern scored 100+ points for the third time this season and shot better than its opponent (49%-43%) for the 13th time in 16 games.
The Red Raiders held a commanding 51-33 edge on the glass, pulling down 15 offensive boards.
Northwestern continued its best start to a season since 2002-03 when they began the year 28-1
Wedel scored in double figures for the 10th time and recorded his second 20-point game of the season
Kooima moved into 22nd place all-time in career scoring with 1,316, passing both Kirk TeGrootenhuis (1978-82) and Scott Van Egdom (1988-92).
Van Kalsbeek set a new career high with 13 rebounds; second 10+ rebound game of his career
Buysse matched his career best with 10 rebounds
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Senior from Sioux Falls, S.D.
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Junior from Yale, S.D.
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