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Northwestern College
Men's Basketball - Tue, Nov. 11, 2014

November 11, 2014

PHOTO GALLERY - Photo credits by Cody Welu

MADISON, S.D. – Northwestern (Iowa) overcame Dakota State's (S.D.) second-half surge as Colton Kooima hit a 3-pointer from the right side (close to the NWIA bench) at the buzzer, lifting the Red Raiders to a 84-81 non-conference thriller Tuesday evening at DSU Fieldhouse.

Dakota State dropped their fourth straight game and fell to 1-4 overall record.  Northwestern, a member of the Great Plains Athletic Conference, won their third straight game to lift their overall record to 4-1.

Bryant Allen scored five straight points as the Trojans opened up a 5-0 lead with 56 seconds into the game.

The Red Raiders used an 8-3 scoring run to knot the game at 8-8 with 16:17 left in the first-half.

At 13-13, NWIA went on a 10-2 scoring spurt to earn an eight-point lead at 23-15 with 11:27 remaining before halftime.

DSU would trim Red Raiders' lead to three points on three different occasions at 23-20 with 10:23 left in the first half and 25-22 with 8:43 remaining before intermission. 

Trojan Miguel Sansavour made a basket as the first-half expired, cutting NWIA's lead to 46-39 at halftime.

The Red Raiders shot 62.1 percent from the field in the first half, making 18 baskets in 29 attempts (3-for-6 from the 3-point arc).  The Trojans were 16-for-32 from the field (50 percent) in the first twenty minutes, including five 3-pointers in 12 attempts (41.7 percent).

Dakota State kicked off the second-half with a 14-6 scoring run.  Adam Hofer hit a 3-pointer with 13:43 remaining in the game as the Trojans regained their lead at 53-52.

At 55-54, DSU expanded to the biggest lead of the game at 70-58 with 7:33 left in the game (15-4 scoring surge). 

Northwestern answered back with a 14-2 scoring run to tie the game at 72-all with 3:49 left.

With the Trojans leading at 79-78 after Derek Meger's 3-point play, Kooima drained a 3-pointer to give Northwestern an 81-79 lead with 13 seconds left.

DSU answered back as Allen hit a basket to tie the game at 81-81 with less than five seconds remaining.

Kooima hit a long 3-pointer from the right side (near NWIA bench) as the time expired, giving the Red Raiders a three-point thrilling victory over the Trojans.  He made two straight 3-pointers in the last 13 seconds of the game.

The Trojans shot 53.3 percent from the field in the final twenty minutes of the game (16-of-30), including 5-for-11 from the 3-point arc.  The Red Raiders were 46.7 percent from the field (14-of-30) and 5-for-7 from the 3-point arc (71.4 percent).

Sansavour shot 10-for-11 from the field and made one free-throw to earn 21 points for Dakota State.  Meger added 18 points on his 6-for-7 shooting, including two 3-pointers and four free-throws.  Allen scored 13 points.

Seth Cavanaugh and Hofer each had eight points for DSU.  Both Cavanaugh and Hofer made two 3-pointers.  Ian Barse added seven points off the bench.

Sansavour grabbed nine rebounds and recorded a blocked shot for the Trojans.  Brendon Boomsma added four rebounds.

Allen dished out five assists for Dakota State.  Hofer added three assists. 

Jordan Baker led the Red Raiders with 22 points on his 11-of-14 shooting from the field.  Nathan Wedel added 16 points.  Kooiman nailed down 15 points on his five 3-pointers.  Taylor Francis had 10 points. 

Francis and Taylor each had two assists for NWIA.

Baker earned eight boards for Northwestern.  Isaiah Taylor added five rebounds.

The Red Raiders shot 54.2 percent overall from the field (32-of-59) compared to the Trojans' 32-of-62 (51.6 percent).  NWIA went 8-for-13 from the 3-point line (61.5 percent), while DSU drained 10 3-pointers in 23 attempts (43.5 percent).

Northwestern made 12 free-throws in 15 attempts (80 percent).  Dakota State struggled from the free-throw line, making seven free-throws in 13 tries (53.8 percent).

NWIA outrebounded DSU 34-28.  The Red Raiders outscored the Trojans 40-28 inside the paint.

Dakota State heads on the road for a Saturday's afternoon match-up with in-state rival Mount Marty (S.D.).  Tip-off is set for 4 p.m. at Cimpl Arena in Yankton.

Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director

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