CBB: Northwestern Sweeps DWU

ORANGE CITY, Iowa – With four seconds to play trailing by three points in overtime, the No. 15 Dakota Wesleyan University men’s basketball team had a final possession to force a second overtime. However, DWU dropped the Great Plains Athletic Conference contest to Northwestern College, 80-77 in Orange City, Iowa.

Nick Harden (Chicago, Ill.) got off to a hot start scoring the first five points of the game. Collin Kramer (Volga, S.D.) drilled a 3-pointer from the top of the key to give the Tigers (14-6, 8-5 GPAC) a quick 8-0 lead, forcing the Northwestern timeout.

The Red Raiders (13-8, 7-4 GPAC) climbed back into the game, but DWU would answer with a jump shot from Aaron Ahmadu (Houston, Texas) to hold the lead.

Both teams continued to trade baskets, but the Tigers kept the momentum with back-to-back buckets from Tristian Teichmeier (Sioux Falls, S.D.) and an easy layup from Ty Hoglund (Dell Rapids, S.D.) to give DWU a 25-22 lead.

The Red Raiders took their first lead of the night on a slam dunk, forcing a DWU timeout. The Tigers would respond with an offensive rebound and basket from Teichmeier to regain the lead.

With three minutes remaining in the first half and the score tied at 37, Hoglund nailed his first 3-pointer of the night to break the tie. After two free throws from Northwestern, DWU held a one point lead at halftime, 40-39.

Northwestern came out in the second half on a 10-2 run as they held a 49-42 lead after four minutes of play. Moments later, defense led to offense as Hoglund blocked a shot and pitched the ball ahead to Harden who scored a layup to pull the Tigers within seven points.

After being held scoreless for over three and a half minutes, Harden scored on a breakaway layup to bring the Tigers within 12 points. With under seven minutes to play, Ahmadu stole the ball and tossed it to Hoglund who made the layup to make the deficit single digits.

With six minutes left, Harden dished the ball to Hoglund who drove to the basket and made the free throw and was fouled, making the score 62-56 with Northwestern leading.

The Red Raiders answered as they extended the lead back to nine points. However, Hoglund and Ahmadu kept the Tigers in the game as DWU trailed 66-61 with two minutes to play.

Samuel McCloud (Rapid City, S.D.) passed the ball to Hoglund on a back cut as he made the layup, bringing the deficit to three points. On the next possession, Hoglund drove through the lane, made the layup and got fouled. He made the free throw to tie the game at 69 with 19 seconds to play. Northwestern missed a shot at the buzzer as the game headed to overtime.

Hoglund made the first basket of overtime with a layup as the Tigers held their first lead since the early moments of the second half. The Red Raiders answered with six-straight points to lead 75-71 with 30 seconds to play.

Harden drove to the basket to pull DWU back within one possession. With four seconds left and DWU trailing by three points, Northwestern missed a free throw to give the Tigers a chance. But the last second shot fell short as the Tigers dropped the contest.

Hoglund led all scorers with 27 points, seven rebounds and four assists, while Harden chipped in 20 points and four rebounds. Teichmeier tallied 13 points off the bench and Ahmadu notched 11 points.

The Tigers take on (RV) Hastings College in a GPAC bout at 4 p.m. Saturday in Hastings, Neb.

ORANGE CITY, Iowa – In a tight defensive contest, the No. 1 Dakota Wesleyan University women’s basketball team dropped its’ first road game of the season to No. 3 Northwestern College, 69-54 in a Great Plains Athletic Conference top-five matchup Wednesday in the Bultman Center in Orange City, Iowa.

Northwestern (18-2, 12-2 GPAC) began the game converting on two straight baskets and jumped out to an early 4-0 lead. DWU (19-2, 12-2 GPAC) got on the board with a layup from Rylie Osthus (DeSmet, S.D.) to cut the Red Raider lead to 4-2.

Midway through the first quarter, both teams struggled to find a basket. But the Tigers got an answer from Sydney Halling (Harrisburg, S.D.) with an assist from Osthus.

Both teams began to find their offensive rhythm with minutes remaining in the first quarter. Madison Mathews (Draper, S.D.) drove the baseline with time running down on the quarter, and she converted on the layup to tie the game at 14 after 10 minutes of play.

Northwestern went cold from the field as they did not get a basket for over six minutes. The Tigers took advantage as they went on a 12-0 run to take a 20-14 lead. Moments later, the Red Raiders went on a 6-0 run to tie the game at 20.

Both teams traded baskets near the end of the first half, but with seconds remaining in the half, Kynedi Cheeseman (Alexandria, S.D.) nailed two free-throws to put DWU ahead at halftime, 29-28.

Osthus got the scoring going for the Tigers in the second half as she received a handoff from Sarah Carr (Huron, S.D.) and nailed a jump shot from the free-throw line. Midway through the third quarter, Carr was rewarded for her efforts with an offensive rebound and was fouled. She made the ensuing free throws to pull the Tigers within three points.

Moments later, Mathews found herself open from beyond the arc and nailed the 3-point shot to make it a two-point game. The Red Raiders held DWU within check throughout most of the remainder of the third quarter as Northwestern led 48-44 heading to the final stanza.

The Red Raiders hit a 3-pointer to begin the fourth period to take a 51-44 lead. Osthus answered on the following possession as she made a pair of free throws. On the next possession, Mathews dished the ball to Carr who hit a 3-point shot to make it 53-49.

Northwestern began to pull away as they made it an eight-point contest with five minutes to play. Tough defense down the stretch helped the Red Raiders hand the Tigers their second loss of the season.

Osthus led the way for the Tigers with 12 points, two rebounds and two assists, while Mathews tallied 11 points and three rebounds. Halling chipped in 11 points off the bench, as Carr added 10 points and four rebounds.

DWU stays on the road as they take on No. 21 Hastings College in a GPAC matchup at 2 p.m. Saturday in Hastings, Neb.