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Game Time...Northwestern looks to snap its two-game losing streak as they head on the road to play Doane in a GPAC match-up on Saturday, Feb. 7. Tip-off in Crete, Neb. is scheduled for 4pm. The Red Raiders are tied with Hastings and Nebraska Wesleyan for seventh place in the current GPAC standings with a 6-9 record, 13-10 overall. Doane is in 10th place in the GPAC with a 4-12 record, 9-17 overall. Watch/listen live to the game via the Doane webcast at the following link: Watch/Listen Now! or listen to the game via the KSOU broadcast at this link: Listen Now!
All-Time...Northwestern leads the all-time series 37-12 and is 6-4 over the last 10 match-ups against Doane.
Last Time vs Doane...Isaiah Taylor scored a team-high 19 points in leading Northwestern to a 78-73 win over Doane in a GPAC men's basketball match-up played Dec. 20 at the Bultman Center.
Taylor made 7-of-his-13 field goal attempts, scoring in double figures for the seventh time this season. The sophomore went 3-for-5 from beyond the arc and also recorded four rebounds and three assists.
Northwestern opened up a 9-2 lead following a Colton Kooima three-pointer, his second of the game. Back came Doane, however, outscoring the hosts 12-3 during a six minute span to take a 14-12 advantage after a pair of free throws by Trevor Cyboron. The lead switched hands seven times from there until, with Northwestern trailing by one (28-27), the Red Raiders scored the next seven points and closed the first half on a 9-3 run for a 36-31 lead at the break.
Two free throws by Nathan Wedel and a basket by Taylor put NWC on top 40-31 in the opening minutes of the second half. Doane responded with a 9-2 run and trailed by just two (42-40) after a putback by Nate Kuhl with 12 minutes to go. Northwestern gradually pulled away and led by as many as 11 (72-61) down the stretch until Doane made one final surge, scoring the next seven points to make it a four-point game. The Red Raiders, however, went a perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line over the final minute to hold off the Tigers.
Northwestern shot 36% for the game, 40% (8-for-20) from beyond the arc. Joining Taylor in double figures were Jordan Baker, who recorded his fourth double-double of the season with 12 points and 10 rebounds. Kooima chipped in 11 points and dished out three assists. The Red Raiders held a 51-41 advantage on the boards, led by Baker (10) and Levi Ettleman with eight.
Doane shot 39% for the game and went 11-for-32 from the three-point arc. Deonte Holt led all scorers with 20 points and Zach Hunt added 14. Kuhl recorded a double-double with 12 points and 12 rebounds.
Scouting Doane...The Tigers have lost three straight games to fall to 10th place in the GPAC with a 4-12 record, 9-17 overall. Since defeating Mount Marty 75-61 on Jan. 24, Doane has lost to Concordia, Dakota Wesleyan and Hastings. Other conference wins for the Tigers include Dordt, Concordia and another victory over Mount Marty.
Jim Weeks returns for his third season as the Tigers' head coach, coming to Doane after a 24-year stint as a successful high school coach at Beatrice. In first season at Doane in 2012-13, coach Weeks guided Doane to a school record 21 wins. Last year, Doane finished ninth in the GPAC with a 6-14 record, 13-16 overall, missing out on postseason play by just one game. Three starters and seven players return off last year's squad.
Doane is 10th in both scoring offense (72ppg) and field goal percentage (41%) while shooting 35% from beyond the arc, ninth best in the conference. Defensively, the Tigers are giving up 77 points per game and rank eighth in the GPAC in rebounding.
Returning starter Deonte Holt ranks third in the GPAC in scoring, averaging 19 points per game. The junior is shooting 43% from beyond the arc and ranks fourth in the league with 68 three-pointers. Nate Kuhl, another returning starter, scores 11 points per game to go with a team-best 6.3 rebounds per contest. Both Reid Williams and Zach Hunt have made 39 three-pointers this season and average around seven points per game.
Northwestern News and Notes...The Red Raiders have lost two straight and are tied with Nebraska Wesleyan and Hastings for seventh place in the current GPAC standings with a 6-9 league record 13-10 overall. Since a home win over Mount Marty on Jan. 28, the Red Raiders have lost to ranked teams, Midland and Briar Cliff.
Northwestern is one of the top scoring teams in the NAIA, ranking fourth in the NAIA at 88 points per game while shooting better than 50% from the field. They are the top rebounding team in the NAIA, owning a +11 advantage on the boards. Defensively, Northwestern is giving up 81 points per game.
The Red Raiders feature a balanced offense with three players scoring in double figures, led by Colton Kooima at 14.5 points per game. The freshman leads the team with 61 three-pointers, shooting 43% from beyond the arc. Jordan Baker averages 13.6 points and a GPAC-leading 8.5 rebounds per game, shooting 52% from the field. Baker has six double-doubles this season, tied for first in the conference. Nathan Wedel scores 12.2 points per game and leads the team with 79 assists and 29 steals.
Up Next...Northwestern plays host to sixth-ranked Dakota Wesleyan on Wednesday, Feb. 11 at 8pm.
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