The Red Raider men traveled to Blair, Neb., to take on Dana College on Saturday, February 6. After a back-and-forth first half, the game was tied 56-56 with 14:28 left to go in the game. Northwestern took control after that with a 17-4 run, finishing the game ahead, 98-79.
Five Raiders scored in double figures as the team shot 57 percent compared to Dana’s 37 percent. Freshman Daniel Van Kalsbeek and sophomore Walker Seim each netted 20 points to lead the team. Van Kalsbeek also pulled down 11 rebounds, earning his fifth double-double of the season, and added three blocks and three steals for Raiders. Sophomore Ryan Stock added 14 points, while senior Ryan Hoogeveen and freshman Ben Miller scored 12 and 11 points, respectively. Freshman Mike Vorwald added seven assists to the offensive effort.
NW hosted Morningside on Wednesday night and kept the evening exciting. The Raiders started quickly, but Morningside soon overcame the deficit and kept it close for the whole game. Miller scored with two seconds to go to give NW the lead. The Mustangs were unable to find the hoop before the buzzer.
Van Kalsbeek, Seim and Miller all had 16 points in the game and Hoogeveen added 11. Miller also added a team-high nine rebounds and four assists, while Van Kalsbeek pulled down seven rebounds and recorded four blocks. The Raiders shot 46 percent, while Morningside shot 40 percent.
NW is on a three-game winning streak, improving their record to 14-11, 9-6 in the GPAC. They will travel to Hastings, Neb., on Saturday, February 13, to take on the Broncos. Tip-off is at 4 p.m.