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Nebraska Wesleyan @ Northwestern 4 p.m. Saturday, December 6, Orange City, Iowa


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Located in Lincoln, NE, Nebraska Wesleyan University is a member of the Great Plains Athletic Conference.
Red Raiders Host Nebraska Wesleyan

Game Time...Northwestern College goes for its second straight conference win as they play host to Nebraska Wesleyan on Saturday, Dec. 6. Tip-off at the Bultman Center is scheduled for 4pm. Northwestern is 0-1 in conference play, 6-3 overall while Nebraska Wesleyan brings an 0-2 league record into Saturday's contest, 2-4 overall. Watch/listen live to the game via the NWC webcast at the following link: Watch/Listen Now! or follow the live stats here: Live Stats! or listen to the KSOU broadcast at this link: Listen Now!

All-Time...Northwestern has won nine of the last 10 match-ups and leads the all-time series 19-17 against the Prairie Wolves. 

Scouting Nebraska Wesleyan...Affiliated as both an NAIA and NCAA D-III school, Nebraska Wesleyan is off to an 0-2 start in conference play, 2-4 overall. They began the season with three consecutive losses to Central, Grace and Dakota Wesleyan but followed with two wins over Crown and Simpson College. Last time out, they lost to #2 Midland, 82-70, in a game played Wednesday night in Fremont, Neb.

Dale Wellman is in his first season as the head coach of the Wolves after spending the last six years in the same role at Alfred University (N.Y.). Wellman inherits a Nebraska Wesleyan team that returns one starter and six players from a 2013-14 team that finished tied with Dakota Wesleyan for fifth place in the GPAC with a 10-10 record, 15-11 overall. 

Nebraska Wesleyan ranks fifth in the NAIA in scoring, averaging over 95 points per game. They lead the NAIA with 81 three-pointers, shooting 32% from beyond the arc and making 13 per contest. The Prairie Wolves are giving up nearly 100 points per game and are being outrebounded by a +3 margin.

Trey Bardsley is the lone returning starter for NWU and leads the GPAC in scoring at 21.5 points per game. The junior has made an NAIA-best 26 three-pointers and is shooting 42% from beyond the arc. Bardsley was a second team all-GPAC pick last year. Travis Giesselmann returns from last year and is scoring 13.7 points per game to go with a team-best 5.2 boards per contest. Byron Thompson is also scoring in double figures with 10.5 points and leads the team with 20 assists. Keithan Karn and Nick Stine have combined for 23 three-pointers this season.

Northwestern News and Notes...The Red Raiders earned their first conference win last time out, defeating Mount Marty 92-71 in Yankton on Wednesday night. Northwestern is 1-2 in GPAC play, 6-3 overall and has three wins over ranked teams, two over Dakota State and one over Cardinal Stritch.

Northwestern is third in the conference in scoring, pouring in 89 points per game. They are one of the top shooting teams in the GPAC at 49% from the field and 40% from the three-point arc. The Red Raiders rank first in the conference with a +13 edge on the boards.

Four Red Raider players are scoring in double figures, led by sophomore Jordan Baker at 15.2 points per game. An all-conference pick in 2014, Baker is shooting 51% from the field and is the top rebounder in the GPAC at 9.2 boards per contest. Colton Kooima averages 14.6 points per game and has scored in double figures in all  but one game. The sharp-shooting freshman already has 31 three-pointers this season. Another freshman, Nathan Wedel, scores 13.2 points per game and is second on the team in rebounding (5.3). Taylor Francis scores 11 points per game and is tied with T.J. Buyert for second on team with 12 three-pointers. 

Up Next...Northwestern will host Briar Cliff on Wednesday night, Dec. 11 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.