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Tigers shoot past Red Raiders: Hoglund, Harden torch Northwestern College

Dakota Wesleyan's Ty Hoglund (24) pulls up for a shot against Northwestern College on Wednesday at the Corn Palace. (Ryan Deal / Republic)

The Dakota Wesleyan University men's basketball team continued to pull the trigger from deep on Wednesday.

The Tigers are averaging 35 3-point attempts per game and they easily surpassed that mark at the Corn Palace.

The No. 17 Tigers shot past the Red Raiders for an 88-75 Great Plains Athletic Conference victory. DWU shot a whopping 20-for-45 from the 3-point line.

"We shot the ball pretty well,"DWU coach Matt Wilber said. "Twenty threes tonight and 20 of 45 in our gym. I don't know how many games I've coached where our basketball team has made 20 threes and so I thought we were good."

Ty Hoglund and Nick Harden each hit six 3-pointers in the victory. Hoglund finished with 30 points, while Harden scored 27 points. Sam McCloud nailed four 3-pointers and finished with 12 points.

Hoglund put together another brilliant performance and finished 10-for-17 from the field, but Harden stepped up when the Tigers needed it. Guard Nate Davis injured his knee in practice on Tuesday and did not dress against the Red Raiders. Wilber does not know the status of Davis moving forward.

"Nate is, without question, a huge piece to our puzzle," Wilber said. "But also one of our best defenders on the perimeter and it's just really disappointing and we are going to have guys ready to go."

On Wednesday, that guy was Harden. The Midland University transfer finished 10-for-20 from the field and 6-for-11 from the 3-point line.

"I felt real comfortable," Harden said. "My team got me the ball and they believe in my shot. They knew they were going to come out and sag on me. They told me to keep shooting it regardless of happened to the results and I just went to work for them."

He also went to work defensively. Northwestern's Trenton Hilbrands finished with 20 points, but Wilber praised Harden's defensive effort after shuffling the lineup defensively.

"Nick Harden did a really good job on him after we got a switch on him and I thought Nick Harden was really special on both ends of the court," Wilber said.

After a slow start, the Tigers (4-1, 1-0 GPAC) pulled away late in the first half and took a 46-39 lead into halftime. DWU shot 11-for-25 from the 3-point range in the first half.

"There were stretches where I thought we were really good and stretches were I thought it was tough," Wilber said. "But we definitely are a perimeter-oriented team."

The Tigers kept firing in the second half and put up 20 more threes as they continued to pile on the points.

"We get everybody open and we keep shooting it," Harden said about the offense. "Even though we don't get the result we like, we are still going to keep putting it up there."

Collin Kramer added nine points, eight rebounds and five assists. Koln Oppold scored eight points and nailed two 3-pointers.

The Tigers play at Midland University on Saturday.

Dakota Wesleyan University 88, Northwestern College 75

Northwestern College (3-1, 0-1 GPAC): Trenton Hilbrands 6-16 4-4 20, Parker Mulder 5-8 0-0 13, Isaac Heyer 2-3 0-0 5, Jay Small 3-11 0-0 7, Steven Kragt 1-2 0-0 3, Craig Sterk 5-7 2-4 14, Tim Wager 0-1 0-0 0, Grant DeMeulenaere 3-8 0-0 6, Dalton Moser 0-0 0-0 0, Chris Borchers 1-2 2-2 4, Grant Rohrer 0-0 0-0 0, Christian Korver 1-6 0-2 3. Totals 27-64 8-12 75.

Dakota Wesleyan (4-0, 1-0 GPAC): Nick Harden 10-20 1-3 27, Collin Kramer 3-6 1-2 9, Aaron Ahmadu 1-6 0-0 2, Sam McCloud 4-9 0-0 12, Ty Hoglund 10-17 4-6 30, Koln Oppold 3-8 0-0 8, Tristan Teichmeier 0-1 0-0 0, Mason Larson 0-2 0-0 0, Zachery Treiber 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 31-69 6-11 88.

Halftime: DWU 46-39. 3-point field goals: NC 13-33 (Hilbrands 4-9, Mulder 3-5, Heyer 1-1, Small 1-6, Kragt 1-2, Sterk 2-2, DeMeulenaere 0-3, Korver 1-5); DWU 20-45 (Harden 6-11, Kramer 2-5, Ahmadu 0-4, McCloud 4-8, Hoglund 6-9, Oppold 2-6, Larson 0-2). Rebounds: NC 37 (Hilbrands 8); DWU 35 (Kramer 8). Steals: NC 0; DWU 8 (McCloud 4). Assists: NC 11 (Mulder 3); DWU 19 (McCloud 6). Blocked shots: NC 3 (Hilbrands 1, Sterk 1, Borchers 1); DWU 5 (McCloud 2). Turnovers: NC 12; DWU 5. Total fouls: NC 13; DWU 11. A: 2,571.