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Game Time...Northwestern College travels to Sioux City, Iowa, to play 12th-ranked Morningside in a GPAC men's basketball match-up. Tip-off at Allee Gym is scheduled for 8pm. Northwestern is 0-1 in conference play and 5-2 overall while Morningside is 2-1 in league play, 6-1 overall. Listen live to the game via the KSOU broadcast at the following link: Listen Now! or follow live stats here: Live Stats!
All-Time...Northwestern holds a 19-15 all-time series lead over the Mustangs but is 5-5 over the last 10 match-ups. The Red Raiders have lost four straight in the rivalry.
Scouting Morningside...Ranked 12th in the NAIA preseason poll, Morningside is off to a 2-1 start in conference play, 6-1 overall. They opened the season with five straight wins, defeating Grand View, William Penn, Clarke, Ashford and Concordia. The Mustangs then lost to #2 Midland 85-69 at home before rebounding with an 80-79 win over Hastings last weekend.
Head coach Jim Sykes has been in charge of the Mustang's program since the 2003-04 season. In his 12 years on the bench, Sykes has won over 200 games and owns a 65% winning percentage, the best in the program's history. Last year, Sykes led Morningside to a second place finish in the GPAC (16-4) and to the GPAC postseason title. They qualified for their fourth NAIA national tournament since Sykes took over in 2003-04, losing in the first round to Oklahoma Wesleyan and ending with a 25-9 record. Four starters and 10 players return off last year's squad.
Morningside averages 82 points per game and is shooting 45% from the field. Defensively, they are giving up 76 points per game and are 10th in the GPAC in rebounding (-1).
Steve O'Neill leads the Mustangs in scoring, averaging 18.4 points per game, sixth best in the GPAC. An all-conference pick last year, O'Neill leads the team with 14 three-pointers. Ryan Tegtmeier averages 13.3 points per game and returns as a starter. Andrew Christen (12.1) and Kyle Nikkel (12.1) are the other top scorers. Nikkel, along with guard Tanner Miller, were second team all-conference picks last year.
Northwestern News and Notes...The Red Raiders earned an 85-64 home win over Dakota State last time out to sweep the season series and improve to 5-2 on the year. Northwestern is 0-1 in GPAC play, losing to Hastings 89-82 in the conference opener.
Northwestern ranks third in the GPAC in scoring (90ppg) and in field goal percentage, shooting 49% from the field. They are second in the NAIA in rebounding, holding a big +16 edge on the glass against its opponents. Defensively, Northwestern is giving up 76 points per game.
Sophomore Jordan Baker leads the team in scoring, putting in nearly 16 points per game. Shooting better than 50% from the field, Baker is the top rebounder in the conference at 9.6 per game. Three more player are scoring in double figures, led by freshman Nathan Wedel at 14 points per game. Colton Kooima scores 13.9 points per game and leads the team with 23 three-pointers. Taylor Francis scores 11 points per game and is tied with Isaiah Taylor with eight three-pointers.
Up Next...Northwestern will head to Yankton, S.D., to play Mount Marty in another GPAC road test on Wednesday, Dec. 3 at 8pm.
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