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Game Time...Northwestern goes for its second straight win Saturday as they host Doane in a GPAC men's basketball match-up. Tip-off at the Bultman Center is scheduled for 4pm. The Red Raiders are currently tied for fifth place, along with Briar Cliff, in the GPAC standings with a 7-8 record, 14-11 overall. Doane sits in 11th place in the conference standings at 5-11, 12-13 overall. Watch/listen live to the game via the NWC webcast at the following link: Watch/Listen Now! or follow the live stats here: Live Stats!
All-Time...Northwestern is 36-11 all-time against Doane, going 7-3 over the last 10 match-ups.
Last Time vs Doane...Northwestern could not hold off a late Doane rally and lost to the Tigers 84-78 in a conference match-up played on Dec. 18 in Crete, Neb.
The Red Raiders led by five (60-55) and later by two (67-65) but Doane went on a 19-11 run to close the game to earn the come from behind win.
Both teams shot 48% for the game while the host Tigers had the edge from the outside, making 9-of-20 three-pointers (45%) while Northwestern shot 30% (3-for-10) from beyond the arc. Doane also had an edge on the boards, 35-31.
Doane was led by senior Nick Reed who poured in a game-high 31 points. Domonique Smith put in 16 and Nate Kuhl added 10 points and seven rebounds.
Doane News and Notes...The Tigers have won three of its last four games to move into ninth place in the GPAC with a 5-11 record, 12-13 overall. They are just a game in back of eighth place Nebraska Wesleyan and are just 2.5 games out of fifth place. Doane earned wins over Mount Marty, Concordia and Dakota Wesleyan but lost last time out to Hastings (74-64).
Jim Weeks returns for his second season as the head coach at Doane after guiding the Tigers to an 11-9 conference record, tying Hastings and Morningside for fourth place. They finished 21-10, matching the school record for wins in a season. Coach Weeks returns two starters and seven players off last year's squad.
Doane is one of the highest scoring teams in the GPAC, averaging 82.5 points per game. They lead the conference in field goal percentage (50%), free throw percentage (78%) and are second in three-point percentage (39%), making eight per game. Defensively, Doane is giving up 78 points per game.
Nick Reed, a 2013 NAIA All-American, leads the GPAC in scoring, averaging 22.4 points per game. A three-time all-conference selection, Reed also ranks within the GPAC's top 10 in rebounding (7.4), assists (78) and steals (39). Senior Domonique Smith is fifth in the league in scoring at 19.4 points per game and is the team's top three-point shooter with 61 this season. Sophomore Deonte Holt scores 13 points per game and ranks second on the team with 34 three-pointers. Nate Kuhl scores 6.1 points per game and leads the team with 26 blocked shots in his first season at Doane.
Northwestern News and Notes...Northwestern has won three of its last four games and is coming off a 67-63 win over Briar Cliff on Wednesday night. The Red Raiders are now tied with BCU for fifth place in the GPAC standing with a 7-8 record, 14-11 overall. They own wins over Mount Marty, Nebraska Wesleyan and BCU but lost to #7 Midland over the last four games. Northwestern has won its last five home games.
Northwestern ranks ninth in the league in scoring, averaging 75 points per game. They are in the middle of the pack within the conference in field goal percentage (45%) and are shooting 32% from the three-point line. Defensively, the Red Raiders are near the top of the conference, giving up 74 points per game and holding teams to just 43% from the field.
Zack Leeper continues to have an outstanding senior season for the Red Raiders, ranking seventh in the league in scoring (18.8ppg). He has scored in double figures in every game and has nine games with at least 20 points. Leeper leads the team with 45 three-pointers and is third on the team in rebounding (5.4). Jordan Baker scores 11.8 points per game and ranks second in the GPAC in field goal percentage (56%). The freshman has four double-doubles and pulls down a team-best 6.5 boards per game. Joey Habtemariam scores 9.4 points per game and leads the team with 90 assists.
Up Next...Northwestern heads on the road for two straight games, beginning with Dakota Wesleyan on Wednesday, Feb. 12 at the Corn Palace.
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