Game Time...Northwestern College looks to snap its two-game losing streak as they play Concordia on Saturday, Feb. 15. Tip-off in Seward, Neb. is scheduled for 4pm. The Red Raiders are currently in eighth place in the GPAC standings with a 7-10 record, 14-13 overall. Concordia is tied with Mount Marty for 10th place in the GPAC with a 2-16 league record, 7-20 overall. Listen live to the game via the KSOU broadcast at the following link: Listen Now! or watch the game online via the Concordia webcast at this link: Watch Now!
All-Time...Northwestern leads the all-time series 44-17 and has won nine of the last 10 match-ups against the Bulldogs.
Last Time vs Concordia...Northwestern held off a late rally to defeat Concordia 60-56 in a conference match-up played on Jan. 11 in Orange City.
Leading 21-17, Northwestern outscored Concordia 19-6 over the final seven minutes to open up a 17-point halftime lead (40-23). Isaiah Taylor hit back-to-back three-pointers and Jordan Baker scored 11 of his 13 points to spark the Red Raiders in the opening half.
Northwestern, however, went cold in the second half, going 0-for-9 from the three-point line and shooting a mere 26% over the final 20 minutes, allowing Concordia to gradually get the lead down to four by the end of the game.
Zack Leeper led all scorers with 17 points and Baker recored a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds. Rob Gill added 10 points and seven rebounds.
After shooting just 27% in the first half, Concordia came back with 42% in the final half, 34% for the game. Robby Thomas, Chandler Folkers and Micah Kohlway all scored 10 points for the Bulldogs.
Scouting Concordia...The Bulldogs have lost five straight games and is tied with Mount Marty for 10th place in the current GPAC standings with a 2-16 record, 7-20 overall. Since winning two straight games against Concordia (Mich.) and Concordia (Wis.) on Jan. 24-25, the Bulldogs have lost to Doane, Mount Marty, Nebraska Wesleyan, Dakota Wesleyan and Midland.
Ben Limback is in his first season as the head coach of the Bulldogs after serving as the head of the Concordia (Mich.) program for nine years. He inherits a squad that returns just one starter and five players off a 2012-13 team that finished 2-18 in the GPAC, 6-22 overall.
Concordia averages just under 70 points per game and ranks 10th in the conference in field goal percentage (43%). They have made 185 three-pointers and are shooting 37% from beyond the arc, seventh best in the GPAC. Defensively, the Bulldogs are last in points per game (78) and rank 10th in rebounding (-4).
Senior Adam Vogt leads the team in scoring (14.5ppg) and is one of three Bulldogs players averaging in double figures. Vogt is sixth in the GPAC with 61 three-pointers, shooting 41% from beyond the arc. Sophomore Robby Thomas averages 11.5 points per game and has 45 three-pointers. Thomas is third in the conference in rebounding (7.1) and first in blocked shots (50). Chandler Folkerts scores 11.2 points per game, shooting 61% from the field.
Northwestern News and Notes...The Red Raiders have lost two straight games to fall back to eighth in the current GPAC standings with a 7-10 record, 14-13 overall. They lead Doane by one game but lose the tiebreak to the Tigers since they lost both match-ups this season. Northwestern is just a 1/2 game in back of DWU and one full game in back of both Briar Cliff and Nebraska Wesleyan, who are tied for fifth place.
Northwestern scores 75 points per game and is shooting 44% from the field, 32% from the three-point line. They are seventh in rebounding (+3) and hold opponents to 76 points per game and 43% from the field.
Zack Leeper leads the Red Raiders in scoring, averaging nearly 19 points per game. The senior has scored in double figures in every game and has a team-high 47 three-pointers. Leeper also pulls down 5.4 boards per game. Jordan Baker averages 11.8 points and 6.4 rebounds per game, shooting 56% from the field. Joey Habtemariam leads the team with 97 assists and scores 9.7 points per game.
Up Next...Northwestern will host third-ranked Dordt College on Wednesday night, Feb. 19 at 8pm.
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