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Game Time...Northwestern College heads to Sioux Center, Iowa, to play fifth-ranked Dordt College in a GPAC men's basketball contest between the two rivals. Northwestern has won three straight games and stands alone in sixth place in the GPAC with a 4-5 record, 11-8 overall. Dordt, ranked fifth in the NAIA for the second straight week, sits atop the GPAC with a 9-1 record, 17-2 overall. Listen to the game via the KSOU broadcast at the following link: Listen Now! or watch the game live via the Dordt College website: Watch Now!
All-Time...Northwestern leads the all-time series 76-26, dating back to the 1965-66 season, but the teams have split the last 10 match-ups, including last year when they each won on their home court. In fact, Northwestern and Dordt are an even 11-11 over the last 22 games played against one another.
Scouting Dordt...The Defenders are ranked fifth in the NAIA D-II coaches' poll for the second straight week the highest ranking of any team from the GPAC. They are in first place in the conference with a 9-1 record at the midpoint of the league schedule and are 17-2 overall. Dordt's only losses are to ranked teams, Davenport (Mich.) and Morningside. Earlier this season, the Defenders won 13 consecutive games.
Ross Douma is in his fifth season as the Defenders' head coach, beginning his tenure in the 2009-10 season. Douma has guided Dordt to three 20+ win seasons in his first four years, including a school-record 30 wins (30-5) in 2011-12 where they lost to McPherson (Kan.) in the national quarterfinals. He led the Defenders to the GPAC regular season title that season and the postseason title last year, finishing 28-7 and losing to Cardinal Stritch (Wis.) in the national quarterfinals. He returns two starters and five players off last year's squad.
Dordt leads the GPAC in scoring, averaging 90 points per game, sixth most in the NAIA. The Defenders are shooting nearly 50% from the field and 37% from beyond the arc, making over six three-pointers per game. They are also the top rebounding team in the GPAC, ranking third in the NAIA at +14. Defensively, Dordt is giving up 76 points per game.
Kyle Lindbergh, one of the two returning starters and seniors on the roster, leads a balanced Defenders' offense at 17 points and a GPAC-best 10.6 rebounds per game. A two-time all-conference selection, Lindbergh was the 2012 GPAC defensive player of the year and ranks second in the GPAC with 27 blocked shots this year. Freshman Dalton Franken is having an outstanding first year, scoring 15.8 points per game while shooting nearly 50% from the floor. Senior Austin Katje, another returning starter, averages 13.6 points and 4.4 rebounds per game. One of the best perimeter shooters, Katje has 42 three-pointers and is a three-time all-GPAC pick. Tyler Wolterstorff scores 10.8 points per game while Nathan Rindels averages 10.5 points per game. Both are returning players for the Defenders.
Northwestern News and Notes...The Red Raiders have won three straight to improve to 4-5 in the GPAC, 11-8 overall. They currently are in sixth place in the conference, trailing fifth place Briar Cliff by 1.5 games. Northwestern has wins over Buena Vista, Dakota Wesleyan and Concordia during its current streak.
Northwestern ranks in the middle of the pack in scoring offense (76ppg), field goal percentage (45%) and three-point percentage (32%-5.8/game). They are the third best rebounding team in the GPAC (+5) and rank second in field goal percentage defense (43%). Northwestern is giving up 75 points per game.
Zack Leeper is the Red Raiders' top scorer, averaging 18.3 points per game. The senior has scored in double figures in every game this year and leads the team with 35 three-pointers. Leeper, a two-time all-conference pick, pulls down 5.6 rebounds per game. Jordan Baker is having an outstanding freshman year, averaging 13.6 points and 6.8 rebounds per game. Baker is shooting nearly 60% from the field and has four double-doubles this season. Joey Habtemariam (9.1) and Levi Ettleman (6.8) are the other top scorers for NWC.
Up Next...Northwestern will have the weekend off and will play Morningside on Jan. 22 in Sioux City, Iowa.
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