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@ Dakota State
@ Dakota State
@ Dakota State
@ Dakota State
NWC Holiday Classic
Game Time...Northwestern College plays host to 18th-ranked Dakota State in a match-up of ranked teams. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30pm. 15th-ranked Northwestern is 3-4 on the year and has lost three straight games, two to ranked teams. DSU is 4-2 on the year. Watch/listen live to the game via the NWC webcast at the following link: Watch/Listen Now! or follow the live stats at this link: Live Stats!
All-Time...Northwestern is 14-3 all-time against DSU but lost earlier this year 78-72 in a game played on Nov. 6 in Madison, S.D.
Earlier This Year...Cold shooting doomed 15th-ranked Northwestern as they lost to #18 Dakota State 78-72 in a non-conference match-up played earlier this year.
The Red Raiders struggled from the field, shooting 36% for the game and just 26% in the first half. Northwestern went 8-for-33 from beyond the arc (24%). Jordan Baker recorded his first career double-double with a team-high 14 points and 10 rebounds and Tyler Goldston added 11 points and nine boards. Zack Leeper put in 10 points before fouling out late in the game. Northwestern won the battle of the boards, 50-41, and pulled down 20 offensive rebounds.
Dakota State shot 49% for the game and was led by Marcus Smith with 20 points. Yusuf Vinson added 19 points and eight boards while Cameron Krump put in 14.
Dakota State News and Notes...The Trojans snapped its two-game losing streak with a convincing 90-48 win over Trinity Bible (N.D.) last weekend. Ranked 18th in the preseason poll, Dakota State is 4-2 heading into tonight's match-up. In addition to wins over Northwestern and Trinity Bible, DSU defeated Mount Marty and Benedictine (Ill.). They lost to Bellevue and Dakota Wesleyan.
Gary Garner returns for his fifth season as the head coach at Dakota State after serving as coach for two NCAA D-I programs, Southwest Missouri State and Drake. Garner returns two starters and five players off a 2012-13 squad that finished 25-9 and qualified for the NAIA D-II National Championship for the second straight year. They lost in the quarterfinals to Grace (Ind.).
Dakota State averages 77 points in its six games this season, shooting 44% from the field. They have made 49 three-pointers (8 per game) this season. The Trojans have outrebounded opponents by a +3 margin. Defensively, DSU is giving up 67 points per game.
Yusuf Vinson is one of four DSU players scoring in double figures, leading the team with 13.7 points per game. A returning starter and first team all-conference selection, Vinson is shooting 52% from the field and leads the team in rebounds (9.5). Dylan Hale, a transfer from North Dakota State, scores 11.5 points per game and leads the team with 12 three-pointers. Freshman Adam Hofer also averages 11.5 points per game and has eight three-pointers. Marcus Smith returns and scores 11.3 points per game and is second on the team with 11 three-pointers.
Northwestern News and Notes...After starting the year with a 3-1 record, the Red Raiders have lost three straight games and are 3-4 heading into Wednesday night's match-up. They lost to #10 Davenport in the final game of the Northwestern Classic and then opened conference play with road losses to Briar Cliff and Hastings.
Northwestern averages 78 points per game, eighth best in the conference. They are shooting 44% from the field and 33% from beyond the arc. making just over seven three-pointers per game. The Red Raiders are giving up 76 points per game and own a +8 advantage on the glass.
Senior Zack Leeper leads the team in scoring, averaging 16.7 points per game. Leeper has scored in double figures in all seven games and leads the team with 13 three-pointers. Freshman Jordan Baker also scores in double figures (11.7) and pulls down a team-best seven rebounds per game. Joey Habtemariam scores 10 points per game and is eighth in the league with 27 assists. Tyler Goldston (9ppg) and Justin Van Kalsbeek (6ppg) are the other top scorers.
Up Next...Northwestern will head to Des Moines on Saturday to play AIB in a non-conference match-up.
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