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Game Time...No. 13 Northwestern College faces another GPAC test when it travels to Dordt College Wednesday night in Sioux Center, Iowa. Tip-off at the DeWitt Gymnasium is scheduled for 8pm.
The Red Raiders are coming off back to back losses for the first time this season, dropping conference match-ups to both Briar Cliff and Hastings. They are 9-3 in the GPAC, 19-4 overall. Dordt has lost two straight as well and comes into the game with a 3-9 league record, 12-12 overall.
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All-Time...Northwestern holds a 75-31 in the all-time series against the Defenders, dating back to the 1970-71 season. The Red Raiders are 4-6 against Dordt over the last 10 but split the last two years with each team winning on its home floor.
Last Five vs Dordt:
2016-17: 83-78 Win @ Home
2015-16: 89-80 loss @ Dordt
2015-16: 99-86 Win Home
2014-15: 94-91 Win Home
2014-15: 92-75 loss @ Dordt
Last Time vs Dordt...Northwestern overcame a double-digit, second-half deficit to defeat the Defenders 83-78 in a home conference match-up played Nov. 30 at the Bultman Center.
Colton Kooima scored 22 of his game-high 29 points in the second half to lead the Red Raiders comeback bid. Kooima went a perfect 9-for-9 from the free throw line and also pulled down seven rebounds. Riley Francis netted all 15 of his points from beyond the arc and Chris Borchers matched his career-high with 12 points.
Northwestern outscored Dordt 18-5 over a seven minute span in the second half, to take the lead for good, 75-70. Three-pointers by Borchers and Kooima coupled with a pair of putbacks by Van Kalsbeek provided the offense while the Northwestern defense held Dordt to just two baskets during the decisive run.
Dordt cut the lead down to one on two occasions over the final 2-plus minutes but Northwestern held off the Defenders, getting a basket by Jordan Baker and two free throws by Kooima to close the game.
The Red Raiders shot 46% for the game, 55% in the second half; Dordt shot 44% for the game and 41% from beyond the arc.
Northwestern was outrebounded by one, 40-39, led by both Nathan Wedel and Van Kalsbeek with eight boards.
Dordt was led by Marcus Winterfeld with 22 points and Alec Henrickson had 20.
Dordt College: 3-9, 12-12 Head Coach-Ross Douma (8th year)
Dordt is currently in ninth place in the GPAC with a 3-9 record, 1/2 game in back of Doane for the eighth and final spot in the upcoming postseason tournament. Dordt is 6-3 over its last nine games, owning a pair of three-game win streaks during that time. The Defenders earned wins over Mount Marty, Morningside and Hastings earlier this month but lost games to two ranked teams, Dakota Wesleyan and Midland, last week.
Douma is in his eighth season as the Defenders' head coach and returns three starters and eight players from a 2015-16 team that finished seventh in the GPAC with a 9-11 record, 15-16 overall. They lost to Nebraska Wesleyan in the conference quarterfinals and were picked fourth in this year's GPAC preseason poll.
By the Numbers:
PPG-88.5 (3rd in GPAC)
Opp PPG-82.6 (9th in GPAC)
FG %-47% (6th)
Opp FG%-46% (7th)
3pt %-39% (4th)
Reb. Margin +7 (2nd)
Dalton Franken-2x all-conference; 17.8ppg, 6.9rpg, 21 3pters,
Alex Henrickson-all-conference;14.8ppg, 57 3pters, 44% 3pt, 59 assists
Marcus Winterfeld-10.8ppg, 6.2rpg, 38 3pters
Andrew O'Donnell-9.2ppg, 83 assists,30 steals
Alex Terpstra-9.0ppg, 58 3pters
No. 13 Northwestern College: 9-3, 19-4 Head Coach Kris Korver (17th year)
The Red Raiders dropped back-to-back games for the first time this season, losing to Briar Cliff at home and to Hastings in a double-overtime match-up on the road last week. They are in third place in the current GPAC standings with a 9-3 record, 19-4 overall.
Northwestern continues to be one of the top scoring teams in the NAIA, ranking seventh at 91ppg. They also rank in the NAIA's top 10 in field goal percentage (51%) and are the top rebounding team with a +13 margin; they have been outrebounded just three times this season.
Kooima has scored in double figures in 20 games this season; he ranks 18th in the career scoring list with 1,467pts
Baker is 24th all-time in scoring (1,312pts) and seventh in rebounds (821).
Wedel is 41st in career scoring (1,079pts) and 19th in assists (271)
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Senior from Sioux Falls, S.D.
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Junior from Hull, Iowa
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Junior from Sioux Falls, S.D.
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Junior from Yale, S.D.
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Sophomore from Sioux Center, Iowa
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Junior from Marshall, Minn.