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@ Buena Vista
@ Buena Vista
Game Time...Northwestern College resumes its 2013-14 season this weekend as they play host to Buena Vista in a non-conference men's basketball match-up. Tip-off at the Bultman Center is scheduled for 4pm. Northwestern is 8-8 this season while Buena Vista is 5-5 overall. Watch/listen live to the game via the NWC webcast at the following link: Watch/Listen Now! Follow the live stats at this link: Live Stats!
All-Time...This is the 40th game played between the two teams with Northwestern holding the edge 27-12. The Red Raiders are 6-4 over the last 10 match-ups and lost the last game played against Buena Vista, 82-69 in 2011.
Scouting Buena Vista...Affiliated with the NCAA D-III and members of the Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, Buena Vista comes in with an even 5-5 mark. They opened the season with three consecutive losses but followed with four straight wins, defeating Wisconsin-Platteville, Martin Luther, Finlandia and Northwestern of St. Paul. Since then, they are 1-2, losing to Wisconsin-Superior and Viterbo, an NAIA school, while defeating Alma.
Brian VanHaaften, in his 18th season as the head coach at BVU, is among the top 10 winningest active coaches in the NCAA D-III, owning a 72% winning percentage. VanHaaften has won 340 games heading into the 2013-14 season and has guided the Beavers to a winning record in 16 of his 17 previous seasons. He returns four starters and 11 players from a 2012-13 team that finished 11-3 in the IIAC, 19-7 overall, losing in the conference semifinals to Dubuque.
Buena Vista averages 86 points per game while shooting nearly 50% from the field and 36% from beyond the arc. They have made 74 three-pointers this season and hold a +1 advantage on the boards. Defensively, the Beavers are giving up 80 points per game.
Junior guard Cole Darrow leads Buena Vista in scoring, pouring in 19.5 points per game. Darrow, a returning starter and second team all-conference pick last year, leads the team with 20 three-pointers, shooting 37% from beyond the arc. Junior post Greg Sibenaller puts in nearly 10 points per game while shooting better than 60% from the floor. Nick Wuebker (9.5) and Nick Clark (8.9) are the other top scorers for the Beavers. Clark has 15 three-pointers and is shooting 43% from beyond the arc.
Northwestern News and Notes...The Red Raiders are an even 8-8 this season, dropping its final two games of the 2013 calender year to GPAC foes, Midland and Doane. Prior to those consecutive losses, however, Northwestern had won three straight, including two in conference play against Mount Marty and Nebraska Wesleyan.
Northwestern is scoring 77 points per game and shooting 45% from the field. They have 93 three-pointers this season, making just under six per game while shooting 33% from beyond the arc. Defensively, the Red Raiders are giving up 76 points per game and hold a +6 advantage on the boards against their opponents.
Senior guard Zack Leeper leads the team in scoring, averaging 16.7 points per game. He has scored in double figures in every game this season and is the most recent member of the 1,000-point club, reaching the milestone against Nebraska Wesleyan. Leeper also leads the team with 26 three-pointers and is second on the team in rebounding (5.4). Jordan Baker has enjoyed an outstanding freshman season, averaging 14.2 points and a team-best 6.8 rebounds per game. Baker is third in the GPAC in field goal percentage (59%) and has three double-doubles this season. Joey Habtemariam scores 10.1 points per game and is third in the GPAC with 64 assists. Both Habtemariam (27) and Leeper (19) rank among the GPAC's top 10 in steals.
Up Next...Northwestern will host a pair of conference games next week, beginning with Dakota Wesleyan on Wednesday night at 8pm.
Junior from Sioux Falls, SD