Game Time...Northwestern College plays its fourth straight road game as they head to Seward, Neb. to play Concordia in a GPAC match-up on Saturday, Jan. 10. Tip-off at the Walz Human Performance Complex is at 4pm. The Red Raiders are tied with Doane for seventh place in the current GPAC standings with a 3-5 league record, 10-6 overall. Concordia is currently in sixth place within the conference with a 5-6 record, 10-8 overall. Watch/listen live to the game via the Concordia webcast at this link: Watch/Listen now! or listen to the game via the KSOU broadcast at this link: Listen Now!
All-Time...The teams split last year's match-ups, each winning on their home floor. Northwestern leads the all-time series 42-18 and is 7-3 over the last 10 games.
Scouting Concordia...Picked eighth in the GPAC preseason coaches' poll, Concordia sits alone in sixth place in the conference standings with a 5-6 record, 10-8 overall. Of late, they have won five of their last seven and more recently, are 3-1 over the last two weeks. Most notable wins this season are at then-#3 Northwood (86-70 on Dec. 29) and an 87-83 home win over Dordt last week. Last time out, they lost to Midland 86-76 on Wednesday, Jan. 7.
Ben Limback is in his second season as the Bulldogs head coach and returns four starters and nine players off a 2013-14 team that finished 10th in the league at 3-17, 8-21. Prior to coming to Concordia, Limback spent nine years as the head of the Concordia (Mich.) men's program.
Concordia is averaging 78 points per game while shooting 47% from the field and 39% from beyond the arc. Defensively, they are giving up 75 points per game and are second in the NAIA with 96 blocked shots.
Leading scorer, Robby Thomas, averages 14.8 points per game and is second on the team in rebounding (7.1). Thomas is shooting 51% from the field and is second in the NAIA with 48 blocked shots. Chandler Folkerts averages 14.7 points and a team-leading 7.4 rebounds per game. Folkerts, the reigning NAIA and GPAC player of the week, is shooting nearly 60% from the field. Both players were starters and earned all-conference honors last year. Senior Joel Haywood scores 11.4 points per game and leads the team with 60 assists. Haywood, a four-year starter, was the GPAC freshman of the year in 2011-12.
Northwestern News and Notes...The Red Raiders had their three game win streak snapped last time out, falling to #3 Dakota Wesleyan 71-57 on Wednesday night in Mitchell, S.D. With Northwestern up early, DWU went on a 9-0 run to take the lead for good. The host Tigers pushed the lead to 14 by halftime and led by as many as 25 in the second half.
Northwestern is tied with Doane for seventh in the GPAC heading into Saturday, owning a 3-5 conference record, 10-6 overall. They have wins over Mount Marty, Nebraska Wesleyan and Doane and have lost to four ranked teams, DWU, Midland, Morningside, Briar Cliff, along with Hastings.
One of the top scoring teams in the NAIA, the Red Raiders are averaging 89 points per game, ranking seventh in the nation. They are shooting 50% from the field, 40% from beyond the arc, and lead the NAIA in rebounding at +13. Defensively, NWC is giving up 78 points per game.
Three Red Raiders are scoring in double figures, led by Colton Kooima at 15.6 points per game. The freshman is one of the top perimeter shooters in the GPAC, making 47 three-pointers and shooting 46% from beyond the arc. Jordan Baker averages 13.6 points per game and leads the GPAC with nine boards with game. Nathan Wedel puts in 12 points per game and is shooting an impressive 57% from the field.
Up Next...Northwestern returns home to play Dordt College on Wednesday, Jan. 14 at 8pm.
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