The Red Raiders earned their 16th straight win, matching their longest win streak since the 2004-05 season, and improved to 16-1 on the year. Mayville State drops to 6-6 this season.
Kooima shot 9-for-18 from the field and went a perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line en route to his 10th, 20-point game of the season. Wedel shot 7-for-7 from the field and came within one point of his season high, scoring 20+ points in his second straight game. Derek Buysse and Jordan Baker were also in double figures with 14 and 10 points, respectively.
How It Happened...
Mayville State scored on five of its first six possessions as the Comets stormed out to a 12-3 lead just three minutes in. Northwestern responded with a 13-2 run over the next three minutes and grabbed its first lead, 16-14, after a Buysse three-pointer.
The Red Raiders maintained a slight lead over the next several minutes as the team's traded baskets. With the score 31-30 at the 6:55 mark, Northwestern closed the first half with a 17-4 run, limiting the Comets to just two field goals, to take a 48-34 lead into halftime. Five different Red Raiders scoring during the run, led by Wedel with five and both Baker and Kooima scored four.
Mayville State made a run early in the second half, connecting on four three-pointers in the opening five minutes to get the lead down to seven (55-48). Northwestern turned the tide back in its favor with a subsequent 10-0 run, capped by another Buysse three-pointer, to push the lead back to 17. The Comets did not get closer than 14 the rest of the way.
By the Numbers...
Northwestern shot 52% for the game, the ninth time they shot better than 50% as a team this season
The Red Raiders held a distinct advantage from the free throw line, outscoring Mayville State 25-7 at the line
The Comets held the edge from the three-point line, making 14/32 (44%), compared to 5/16 (31%) by the Red Raiders
Northwestern controlled the glass, 39-31, pulling down 12 on the offensive side; the Red Raiders have outrebounded their opponent in all but two games this season
Buysse (8), Baker (7) and Justin Van Kalsbeek (5) led the way on the boards
Turnovers were a non-factor for either team; Northwestern had six and the Comets totaled 11
Daniel Lindgren led the Comets with 21 points, going 5-for-7 from beyond the arc; Austin Lee added 11, including three three-pointers
# 32 | Forward
Senior from Sioux Falls, S.D.
# 42 | Post
Senior from Sheldon, Iowa
# 5 | Guard
Junior from Sioux Falls, S.D.
# 22 | Guard
Junior from Yale, S.D.
# 21 | Wing
Junior from Marshall, Minn.
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