|Dordt College Classic|
Fri, Oct 31 - Sat, Nov 1
|Location:||Sioux Center, Iowa|
Game Time...The Northwestern College men's basketball team will makes its 2014-15 season debut this weekend at the Dordt College Holiday Inn Classic in Sioux Center, Iowa. The Red Raiders will play Crossroads College (Minn.) on Friday night, Oct. 31, at 6pm, followed by a Saturday afternoon contest against the University of Jamestown (N.D.) at 1pm on Nov. 1. Listen live to Friday night's game via the NWC webcast at the following link: Listen Now!
All-Time...Northwestern is 7-4 all-time against Jamestown and has won the last three match-ups against the Jimmies. This is the first ever game against Crossroads.
Crossroads College...Located in Rochester, Minn., the Knights are making their season debut this weekend. Crossroads are affiliated with the Association of Christian College Athletics (ACCA) and are a provisional member of the NCCAA D-II. They finished the 2013-14 season with a 7-1 conference record, 10-19 overall. The Knights won the ACCA D-II National Championship, defeating St. Louis Christian 87-72 in the title game.
Richard Westerland returns for his second season as the Knights head coach after serving as an assistant for three years at Hanford Christian. He returns two starters and four players off last year's team.
Last year's team averaged 78.4 points per game and shot 49% from the field, best among ACCA teams. Brandon Jackson returns as a starter after averaging 5.2 assists per game.
University of Jametown...The Jimmies are 1-1 this season, losing to the University of Regina (82-63) in the season opener but coming back to defeat Carroll (Mont.) 73-64 on Oct. 25.
Hired last spring, Alan Magnani is in his first season as the head coach at Jamestown, taking over for former coach Justin Wieck. Magnani last served in the same role at Iowa Wesleyan, guiding his teams to the NAIA D-II National Championship four times. He is the all-time winningest coach at IWU, owning 244 career wins. He inherits a Jimmies team that returns three starters and nine players off a 2013-14 team that won both the North Star regular and postseason titles with 7-1 and 17-12 records. They were picked to win the conference, along with Dakota State, in this year's preseason poll.
Jamestown is averaging 68 points per game, shooting 41% from the field and 28% from beyond the arc. They hold a +7 advantage on the glass in two games this season.
Junior Brequan Tucker leads the Jimmies in scoring, averaging 25.5 points per game. Tucker was a first team all-conference pick last year and was selected as the preseason conference player of the year by the coaches. Jake Hager, also a returning starter, scores eight points per game, as does Taylor Newton, who was a second team all-conference pick last year.
Northwestern News and Notes...The Red Raiders open their 2014-15 season this weekend against a pair of non-conference opponents, Crossroads College and the University of Jamestown.
Head coach Kris Korver begins his 15th season and is already the program's winningest coach, owning a 339-116 overall record at NWC. He has led the Red Raiders to 188-64 record in conference play, winning 75% of his league games. Korver has been named the GPAC coach of the year four times most recently in 2013, and has led teams to the national tournament 11 times during his 14 years.
Northwestern returns two starters and nine letterwinners off a 2013-14 team that finished eighth in the GPAC with a 7-13 record, 14-17 overall. They lost to Dordt in the conference quarterfinals to end the year. They were picked to finish sixth in the GPAC preseason coaches' poll.
Jordan Baker is the top returner for NWC, earning all-conference honors as a freshman last season. The sophomore post player scored 12.4 points per game and shot 56% from the field. Baker scored in double figures in 22 games and also pulled down 7.1 rebounds per game, fourth most in the conference. Levi Ettleman is the other returning starter but will not join the team until after the Red Raider football season is complete. Junior Bryce Moss, a two-year member of the Red Raiders, averaged 6.1 points and 3.8 rebounds in 14 games last year. Isaiah Taylor (5.4) and T.J. Buyert (3.8) are the other top scorers returning.
Up Next...Northwestern will host its annual classic next weekend, Nov. 7-8, where they will play Valley City State (N.D.) on Friday and #2 Cardinal Stritch (Wis.) on Saturday afternoon.
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