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Dakota State @ Northwestern 6 p.m. Saturday, November 22, Orange City, Iowa


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Located in Madison, S.D., Dakota State University is a member of the NorthStar Athletic Conference.
Red Raiders Host Dakota State

Game Time...Northwestern College plays host to Dakota State in a non-conference match-up on Saturday night, Nov. 22. Tip-off at the Bultman Center is scheduled for 6pm. Northwestern owns a 4-2 record heading into Saturday and Dakota State, who earned votes in the NAIA D-II preseason coaches' poll, is 2-4. Watch/listen live to the game via the NWC webcast at the following link: Watch/Listen Now! or listen to the KSOU broadcast at this link: Listen Now! Live stats available here: Live Stats!

All-Time...Northwestern is 16-3 all-time against Dakota State in a rivalry that began in 1970-71. The Red Raiders have won two straight, including an 84-81 road victory played earlier this year in Madison, S.D.

Last Time vs Dakota State...Colton Kooima knocked down a three-pointer just before time expired in leading Northwestern to an 84-81 come-from-behind road win against Dakota State in Madison, S.D.

Trailing by one (79-78) after a three-point play by Derek Meger with 29 seconds left, Kooima hit a three-pointer  to put Northwestern in front 81-79 with 13 seconds on the clock. Dakota State inbounded the ball to Bryant Allen, who immediately drove the full length and hit a floater in the lane with just four seconds left to seemingly send the game into overtime tied at 81. Northwestern, however, inbounded the ball to Kooima, who hit the game-winner just in front of the Red Raiders bench as time expired.

Both teams shot well for the game with Northwestern at 54% and the host Trojans at 52%. Jordan Baker led all scorers with 22 points, making 11-of-his-14 field goal attempts. The sophomore also pulled down a team-high eight rebounds. Nathan Wedel added 16 points while Kooima (15) and Taylor Francis (10) were also in double figures.

Miguel Sansavour led Dakota State with 21 points and nine boards. Meger added 18 and Allen put in 13.

Scouting Dakota State...The Trojans snapped its four game losing skid last time out with a 78-67 non-conference win over Mount Marty last weekend in Yankton, S.D. Their other win was an 86-70 season-opening victory over Waldorf back on Oct. 29. DSU has losses to three GPAC teams (Northwestern, Dordt and Dakota Wesleyan) along with a setback to Grand View. 

Gary Garner is in his sixth season as the Dakota State head coach and returns two starters and four players off a 2013-14 team that finished second in the North Star Athletic Conference with a 6-2 record, 15-15 overall. They lost to the University of Jamestown in the conference championship last season but went 8-4 over their last 12 games. Prior to coming to DSU, Garner served as head coach at Drake and Southwest Missouri State. Garner has led the Trjojans to two NAIA D-II national tournaments. 

Dakota State averages 77 points per game, shooting 47% from the field and an impressive 40% from the three-point arc. Defensively, they are giving up 79 points per game.

Bryant Allen, a transfer from Illinois State, leads the team in scoring at 20 points per game, shooting 44% from the field. He also leads the team with 18 assists and 14 three-pointers. Returning starter Miguel Sansavour chips in 12.3 points and 5.8 rebounds per game. The senior earned second team all-conference honors and was named the defensive player of the year in 2013-14. Both freshman Brendon Boomsma and Derek Meger, a transfer from Vermillion Community College, score 11 points per game. Boomsma is second on the team with 12 three-pointers, shooting 52% from beyond the arc. 

Northwestern News and Notes...The Red Raiders had their three-game win streak snapped last time out, losing in their conference opener 89-82 to Hastings. Prior to that, Northwestern had three straight wins over Valley City State, #2 Cardinal Stritch and Dakota State.

Northwestern boasts one of the highest scoring teams in the NAIA, averaging 90 points per game. The Red Raiders are shooting 49% from the field and 37% from beyond the arc, putting in over seven three-pointers per game. They are the second best rebounding team in the nation, owning a +15 advantage on the boards over their opponents.

Sophomore Jordan Baker leads the team in both scoring and rebounding, averaging a double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds per game. Baker has scored in double figures in every game this year and is shooting 51% from the field. Nathan Wedel scores 15.3 points per game, shooting 57% from the field. Like Baker, Wedel has scored in double figures in all six games played. Colton Kooima leads the team with 20 three-pointers and averages 14.7 points per game and junior Taylor Francis puts in 9.8 points per contest.

Up Next...Northwestern will head to Sioux City, Iowa, to play 12th-ranked Morningside on Tuesday, Nov. 25 in a conference match-up beginning at 8pm.

Jordan Baker

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

Colton Kooima

# 5 | Guard
Junior from Sioux Falls, S.D.

Nathan Wedel

# 22 | Guard
Junior from Yale, S.D.