Men's basketball

Northwestern @ Briar Cliff 8 p.m. Tuesday, November 12, Sioux City, Iowa


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About BCC

Located in Sioux City, Iowa, Briar Cliff University is a member of the Great Plains Athletic Conference.
Red Raiders Open Conference Play In Sioux City

Game Time...Northwestern opens conference play with a pair of road games this week, beginning with Briar Cliff tonight in Sioux City, Iowa. Tip-off at the Newman Flanagan Center is scheduled for 8pm. Northwestern, ranked 15th in the NAIA, is 3-2 this season and Briar Cliff is 2-2. Listen live to the game via the KSOU broadcast at the following link: Listen Now! or watch/listen live to the game via the Briar Cliff broadcast: Watch/Listen Now!

All-Time...This will be the 100th match-up in this rivalry and Northwestern leads the all-time series 57-42. The Red Raiders have won three straight, including both match-ups last year in the regular season, and are 6-4 over the last 10 games against BCU. 

Scouting Briar Cliff...The Chargers are 2-2 so far this season, losing to Grand View and Clarke while earning wins over William Penn and Ashford. 

Nic Nelson returns for his third season as the head coach, seventh overall, after spending time as the assistant for four years. Last year, Nelson guided Briar Cliff to a seventh place finish in the conference with a 10-10 record, losing in the conference semifinals to Dordt to finish 19-12. Nelson lost all five starters and returns seven players off last year's squad. They were picked to finish eighth in the preseason poll. 

Briar Cliff averages 81.5 points per game, shooting 47% from the field. They have 22 three-pointers this season, putting down 29% of their attempts. They are giving up 83 points per game. 

Junior Zach Otting ranks ninth in the NAIA in scoring, pouring in 26.3 points per game. He is shooting 53% from the field and 46% from beyond the arc (5/11). Clayton Harreld, another returner, averages 13 points per game and leads the team with 10 three-pointers. Ricky Torres scores eight points per game and pulls down a team-best 5.5 rebounds per game. Freshman Shane Graves scores seven points per game and is tied for the team lead with 11 assists. 

Northwestern News and Notes...The Red Raiders are 3-2 this season, defeating Jamestown, Valley City State and Trinity Christian but losing to ranked teams, #18 Dakota State and #10 Davenport. Northwestern was ranked 15th in the NAIA preseason poll, returning two starters and six letterwinners off a 2012-13 team that won the GPAC regular season title with a 17-3 record. They qualified for the NAIA D-II National Tournament for the 11 time under head coach Kris Korver, 19th overall, but lost in the first round to end the year with a 24-7 overall mark. 

Northwestern averages 78ppg this season, shooting 44% from the field and 33% (37-for-111) from beyond the arc. They own a +10 advantage on the glass, grabbing just over 12 offensive rebounds per game. Defensively, the Red Raiders are giving up under 70 points per game. 

Senior guard Zack Leeper is one of two players scoring in double figures for NWC, averaging 15.8 points per game. A returning starter and two-time all-conference pick, Leeper leads the team with 11 three-pointers and has scored in double figures in all five games. Freshman Jordan Baker averages 12.8 points and a team-best 7.8 rebounds per game while shooting over 60% from the field. Baker has two double-doubles this season. Joey Habtemariam scores 9.8 points per game and leads the team with 23 assists. Tyler Goldston (9.6ppg) and Justin Van Kalsbeek (6.8ppg) are the other top scorers. 

Up Next...Northwestern continues its road trip as they head to Hastings, Neb. on Saturday to take on the Broncos in another GPAC match-up. 

Joey Habtemariam

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

Jordan Baker

# 32 | Post
Sophomore from Sioux Falls, S.D.

Justin Van Kalsbeek

# 42 | Post
Sophomore from Sheldon, Iowa