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Game Time...Northwestern College travels to Hastings, Neb. to play the Broncos in the final game of the season this weekend. Tip-off in Hastings, Neb. is at 4pm. Northwestern is in ninth place in the GPAC with a 7-12 record, 14-13 overall. The Broncos are in eighth place in the GPAC with an 8-11 record, 11-18 overall. Watch/listen live to the game via the Hastings webcast at this link: Watch/Listen Now! or listen to the game via KSOU here: Listen Now!
All-Time...Northwestern owns a 30-17 all-time advantage against the Broncos but has lost three straight and is 5-5 over the last 10 match-ups.
Last Time vs Hastings...Northwestern College lost to Hastings 89-82 in the GPAC opener for both teams played Nov. 15 in the Bultman Center.
A 12-3 Northwestern run put the hosts up by double digits (60-50), a lead they still sustained at the five minute mark after a basket by Riley Francis (75-65). Back-to-back three-pointers by Alex Thayer and Drew Callaghan sparked a 16-4 Hastings run, putting the Broncos up for good, 81-79, with 1:38 left to go. Jordan Baker converted 1-of-2 free throws to make it a one-point game but Hastings clinched it with four consecutive free throws to earn the road win.
Northwestern shot 48% for the game but struggled from the perimeter, shooting 22% (4-for-18) from beyond the arc. Baker led the Red Raiders with 20 points and seven rebounds and Nathan Wedel contributed 17 points and seven boards. Isaiah Taylor scored all 10 of his points in the first half coming off the Red Raider bench. Northwestern held a huge advantage on the boards, 50-29, pulling down 16 offensive boards.
Hastings shot 44% from the field but improved to 57% in the second half and 70% (7-of-10) from the three-point line in the final 20 minutes. Tobin Reinwald scored a game-high 34 points, going 9-for-19 from the floor. Zach Lenagh added 14 points and seven boards.
Northwestern broke open a tight game with a 12-0 run to end the first half, taking a 44-32 lead at the break after consecutive baskets by Baker.
Hastings opened the second half on a 15-4 run and trailed by just one after a three-pointer by Connor Musiel. The Red Raiders answered with a run of their own, taking a 10-point lead (60-50) after a lay-up by Wedel.
Scouting the Broncos...Hastings has lost two straight games to fall into eighth place in the current GPAC standings with an 8-11 record, 11-8 overall. They are just one game in back of three teams, Dordt, Concordia and Nebraska Wesleyan, for fifth place. The Broncos are one of the eight teams that have qualified for the GPAC tournament. Prior to losing to both Nebraska Wesleyan and Dakota Wesleyan, Hastings won three straight and five of their last six games.
Bill Gavers begins his second season as the Broncos' head coach, taking over the team last year from long-time coach Lance Creech. Gavers came to Hastings after a long, successful stint as a high school coach, leading his teams to 12 state tournaments in his 22 years on the sideline. He returns one full time starter and six players off a 2013-14 squad that finished fourth in the league with a 14-6 record, 21-10 overall. They were picked seventh in the GPAC preseason poll.
Hastings scores 78 points per game, ranking eighth in the league, and is shooting 46% from the field. The Broncos are eighth both in three-pointers made (7.6) and three-point percentage (36%). Defensively, they are giving up 79 points per game and are +1 in rebounding.
Tobin Reinwald is one of the top scorers in the GPAC, averaging 18.3 points per game. Reinwald is shooting better than 52% from the field and nearly 40% from the three-point line. Zach Lenagh, a returning starter from last season, scores 11 points per game to go with a team-high 6.8 rebounds per game. Brandon Krause averages 10.7 points per game and Connor Musiel leads the team with 60 three-pointers, shooting 45% from beyond the arc.
Northwestern News and Notes...The Red Raiders have dropped three straight and five of their last six games to fall into ninth place in the conference with a 7-12 record, 14-13 overall. Since an 86-67 win over Doane, the Red Raiders have lost to Dakota Wesleyan, Concordia and Dordt.
Northwestern averages 87 points per game, fourth best in the GPAC, and is one of the top shooting teams in the conference at 50% per game. They are second in the NAIA in rebounding (+10) and are giving up 81 points per game.
The Red Raiders feature a balanced offense with three players scoring in double figures and eight players averaging six-or-more points per game. Colton Kooima leads the team at 14 points per game and 68 three-pointers, shooting 42% from beyond the arc. Jordan Baker scores 13 points per game and lead the GPAC in rebounding (8.2). Nathan Wedel averages 12 points, 5.5 rebounds and a team-high 3.1 assists per game.
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