Northwestern College came up on the short end of a 106-94 decision to Hastings College last Saturday evening. The loss snaps the Red Raiders’ eight-game winning streak and drops them to 7-3 in GPAC play and 17-3 overall.
Nathan Wedel led the Raider offense with a game-high 39 points, the second highest total of his career, while shooting an impressive 57% from the field and adding 10 rebounds. Colton Kooima added 15 points and six assists while Parker Mulder brought 13 points off the bench.
The visiting Broncos shot better than 60% in each of the two halves, 64% for the game, and 44% (7/16) from beyond the arc. They also outrebounded NW 39-32, including 10 on the offensive end. Bart Hiscock was among five Broncos players to score in double figures with 24.
Down by three at the half, a three-pointer by Kooima, followed by a basket by Riley Francis, put NW in front for the final time, 49-47, in the opening moments of the second half. The Broncos then proceeded to outscore the hosts 17-4 over the next five minutes, taking the lead for good, 64-53. The teams traded baskets over the next seven minutes, and NW made one final charge to get as close as eight. Hastings put the game away in the end to snap the Red Raiders’ win streak.
The Raiders’ next game will be this Saturday at Briar Cliff starting at 4 p.m., proceeded by the women at 2 p.m. This is a pivotal matchup in the GPAC standings for both men’s and women’s teams.