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Northwestern @ Dakota Wesleyan 8 p.m. Wednesday, February 12, Mitchell, S.D.


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About DWU

Located in Mitchell, S.D., Dakota Wesleyan University is a member of the Great Plains Athletic Conference.
Red Raiders Head To The Corn Palace

Game Time...Northwestern begins a critical two-game road swing as they play Dakota Wesleyan on Wednesday night, Feb. 12, in Mitchell, S.D. Tip-off at the Corn Palace is at 8pm. The Red Raiders are currently in a three-way tie for fifth place in the GPAC with a 7-9 record, 14-12 overall. DWU is just a half game back and in eighth place with a 7-10 record, 14-13 overall. Listen live to the game via the KSOU broadcast at the following link: Listen Now!

All-Time...Northwestern has won seven straight games against DWU and leads the all-time series 42-21. 

Last Time vs DWU...The Red Raiders needed an extra period but held on for a 70-66 overtime win over Dakota Wesleyan in a match-up played on Jan. 8 in the Bultman Center. 

Points were at a premimum in a low-scoring first half that had Northwestern leading 24-22 after a Zack Leeper three-pointer at the buzzer. Both teams shot 26% in the opening 20 minutes. 

The Red Raiders pulled away in the second half and led by 14 (45-31) with nine minutes to go. DWU began its rally, however, and were within four (50-46) at the five minute mark. Northwestern then scored the next four points to lead by eight but the Tigers scored three-straight three-point plays, the final one a Trae Bergh three-pointer that sent the game into overtime tied at 58. 

Northwestern began the extra period on an 8-2 run and held off the Tigers, 70-66. 

Leeper led Northwestern with 26 points while Joey Habtemariam added 12 points and four assists. DWU was led by Jalen Voss with 21 points and 15 rebounds and Kris Menning added 19 points, making four three-pointers.

Scouting DWU...The Tigers ended a five-game losing skid with a 78-70 win over Concordia last Saturday. They currently hold the eighth and final conference tournament spot with a 7-10 league record, 14-13 overall. DWU had lost to Morningside (2x), Midland, Doane and Dordt during their losing streak. 

Matt Wilbur is in his first year as the Tigers's head coach, taking over for Shane Murphy who stepped down at the end of last season. Wilbur has previous coaching stints at both South Dakota State and the University of Sioux Falls and was most recently involved with the TIBBS basketball school. He inherits a DWU team that returns three starters and six players off a 2012-13 team that finished eighth in the GPAC with a 9-11 league record, 14-17 overall. 

DWU is scoring 79 points per game and is one of the top perimeter shooting teams in the NAIA, making 9.5 per game. The Tigers are shooting 36% from beyond the arc and 45% from the field. Defensively, Dakota Wesleyan is giving up 75 points per game and holds a +3 advantage on the boards. 

Junior post player Jalen Voss leads the team in scoring (19.9) and rebounding (6.7) while shooting a team-best 55% from the field. Voss is a two-time all-GPAC selection and was the conference freshman of the year in 2012. Kris Menning scores 15.8 points per game and is 10th in the league with 49 three-pointers. Trae Bergh leads the GPAC and ranks third in the NAIA with 92 three-pointers, scoring 15.5 points per contest. Jade Miller (12.3) and Luke Bamberg (7.8) are the other top scorers for the Tigers. 

Northwestern News and Notes...The Red Raiders fell into a three-way tie for fifth place in the current GPAC standings after losing to Doane on Saturday, 81-71. Northwestern is tied with Briar Cliff and Nebraska Wesleyan at 7-9, just a 1/2 game in front of eighth place Dakota Wesleyan. Doane sits just a game in back of DWU for the final postseason spot. The top eight teams make the GPAC tournament and have a chance to earn the GPAC's second automatic berth into the NAIA D-II mens' basketball championship. Northwestern has four games left in the regular season and is 14-12 overall. 

Northwestern is ninth in the GPAC in both points (74.5) and field goal percentage (44%) while ranking eighth in three-pointers (152). Defensively, they are near the top in points given up (75ppg) and field goa percentage (43%). 

Zack Leeper is sixth in the GPAC in scoring, averaging 19 points per game. The senior has scored in double figures in every game this season and has put in 20-or-more points in four consecutive games. Jordan Baker scores 11.6 points per game and leads the team in rebounding (6.5). He is shooting a team-best 56% from the field. Joey Habtemariam averages 9.4 points per game and leads the team in assists (94) and steals (34). 

Up Next...Northwestern will play its final road game of the regular season on Saturday, Feb. 15 against Concordia in Seward, Neb. 


Jordan Baker

# 32 | Forward
Senior from Sioux Falls, S.D.