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Northwestern College
Men's Basketball - Thu, Oct. 27, 2016

October 27, 2016

Photo credits by Kaden Huntrods, Nicholas Hauser and Donald Weidler

MADISON, S.D. – When Colton Kooima made a basket with less than seven seconds remaining to give Northwestern (Iowa) an 89-88 lead, Tanner Heiser of No. 14-ranked Dakota State (S.D.) dribbled from the backcourt to the front court and found Kyle Kilgore for an inside basket to give Trojans' a 90-89 buzzer-beater thriller Thursday evening at DSU Fieldhouse.  It was the season opener for both teams.

It was the eighth consecutive home victory for the Trojans, dating back from last season when the Trojans won seven straight home games during the month of February (including sharing the North Star Athletic Association regular-season conference title and postseason conference tournament at DSU Fieldhouse).

Since the arrival of Gary Garner in 2009-10, Dakota State won their eighth straight home opener at DSU Fieldhouse.

The first twenty minutes of the game saw a see-saw battle between the Red Raiders (of the Great Plains Athletic Conference) and the Trojans, where there were four lead changes and three ties.

With the Trojans lead 36-32 with five minutes and 20 seconds to go in the first-half, the Red Raiders went on a 17-4 scoring run to earn a 49-41 lead with less than a minute on the clock.

Tanner Heiser drained a 3-pointer just before the halftime buzzer as DSU trimmed NWIA's lead to 49-44. 

The Red Raiders shot 61.3 percent from the field (19-of-31), including making the first six shots of the game, in the first twenty minutes.  NWIA was 7-of-13 from the 3-point line.  The Trojans were 50 percent from the field (16-of-32) in the first-half, while hitting 8-of-17 3-pointers.

Northwestern expanded to the biggest lead of the game at 61-52 after a 3-pointer made by Derek Buysse with 15:30 left.  The Red Raiders also had the largest lead of the game at 63-54 (14:12 on the clock).

Trailing 67-60, Dakota State roared back with a 21-7 spurt to grab an 81-74 lead with 4:18 remaining after a field goal by Heiser. 

Buysee hit a 3-pointer with 1:09 remaining as the Red Raiders knotted the game at 85-85.  The Trojans regained their lead to 86-85 after Kilgore went 1-of-2 from the free-throw line.

Nathan Wedel nailed down a basket with less than 40 seconds to go to give NWIA an 87-86 lead.  DSU answered back with a dunk by Kilgore, giving the Trojans an 88-87 lead. 

After coming out from the timeout called by the Red Raiders, Kooima made a field goal from the wing for NWIA's 89-88 lead with less than seven seconds to go.

Heiser dribbled the ball down the court in a rush and produced an assist to Kilgore as the Trojans claimed a 90-89 thrilling victory at the buzzer-beater.

Dakota State outscored Northwestern 46-40 in the second-half.

Heiser poured in a career-high 35 points – 26 points coming in the first-half – for the Trojans.  He was 13-of-24 from the field, including 7-of-14 from the 3-point line.  His 7 3-pointers is tied for sixth-most 3-pointers made in a single game in the Trojan men's basketball record book. 

Kilgore added 18 points on his 8-of-12 shooting from the field for Dakota State.  Kevin Daniels added 11 points.  Justin Folkers scored eight points off the bench.  Nathaniel Rauen had six points. 

Heiser dished out five assists for DSU.  Kilgore and Brendon Boomsma each had three assists.  Ian Barse, Marquis Chatman and Rauen each stole the ball twice.

Rauen pulled down six rebounds for the Trojans.  Kilgore and Folkers each had four rebounds. 

Five NWIA players hit double figures, led by Buysse who scored 21 points off the bench.  He was 8-of-13 from the field and 5-of-9 from the 3-point line.  Wedel added 19 points (8-of-12 field goals).  Kooima scored 18 points (7-of-14 field goals).  Justin Van Kalsbeek posted a double-double of 10 points and grabbed 10 rebounds.  Riley Francis had 10 points.

Koomia collected six rebounds and dished out five assists for the Red Raiders.  Wedel had six assists.  Buysee had eight rebounds.

Northwestern shot 55 percent overall from the field (33-of-60) compared to Dakota State 49.3 percent (34-of-69).  The Red Raiders hit 12 3-pointers in 27 attempts (44.4 percent) while the Trojans were 9-of-24 3-pointers (37.5 percent).

DSU was 13-of-19 free-throws (68.4 percent).  NWIA made 11 free-throws in 13 tries (84.6 percent).

Northwestern outrebounded Dakota State 39-29.

The Trojans outscored the Red Raiders 10-0 in fast-break points and 46-30 inside the paint. 

NWIA committed 15 turnovers in the game compared to DSU 6 turnovers.  The Trojans outscored the Red Raiders 17-11 in points off turnovers.

Dakota State remains home at DSU Fieldhouse Tuesday evening as they face another opponent from the Great Plains Athletic Conference.  The Trojans host Dordt (Iowa) with a tip-off starting at 7:30 p.m. or 25 minutes after the completion of the women's basketball game.

Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director

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