Dakota Wesleyan University put together one of its most complete performances of the season on Wednesday at the Corn Palace.

And it came at the perfect time.

The No. 9 Tigers led from wire-to-wire in a 93-76 Great Plains Athletic Conference men’s basketball victory over Northwestern College on Wednesday. DWU (21-7, 13-6) locked up the No. 2 seed in the conference tournament with the victory. The Red Raiders dropped to 20-9 and 12-7 in the league.

“We just played a really good basketball game,” DWU coach Matt Wilber said. “We just had a team that was ready to play tonight and that’s good to see.”

How good? The Tigers hit 90 points for the time since Dec. 4 against Mount Marty College and held Northwestern College to 10 points below its season-average.

“It was good to see everyone get going,” DWU forward Mason Larson said. “Everyone contributed a little bit and everyone was playing good defense.”

Larson was one of four players to score in double figures, finishing with 13 points, eight rebounds and three blocks. Koln Oppold paced the Tigers with a career-high 32 points. Ty Hoglund (21) and Collin Kramer (17) also cracked double figures.

“We’ve been playing really good defensively,” Oppold said. “But it was good to see us get going offensively.”

Oppold’s performance was especially impressive considering he was diagnosed with Influenza B on Sunday and missed Monday’s practice. He returned to practice on Tuesday and Wednesday he went 10 of 15 from the field and 9 of 12 at the free-throw line.

“He was just played great and he was a matchup nightmare for them,” Wilber said.

Oppold did most of his damage in the post, burying his defender deep in the paint and going to work.

“We were trying to take advantage of mismatches and it just worked out well for us tonight,” Oppold said.

He also finished with a team-high four assists as the Tigers record 12 as a team.

“Talk about guys playing offense well, finding the right play and making the shots,” Wilber said. “It was a very complete game offensively by us.”

Their offense bolted out to an 8-0 advantage, but their defense was just as solid. The Tigers held the Red Raiders to 37.5 percent (12 of 32) in the first half. Trent Hilbrands torched the Tigers with 38 points on 13 of 21 from the field and four 3-pointers.

“Northwestern has a better team than what they showed us,” Wilber said. “But we did a really good job on some of their guys and Hilbrands got going on us in the first half. But in the second half he just went bonkers hitting everything.”

Jay Small finished with 11 points and was Northwestern College’s only other player in double figures. Larson drew the defensive assignment and answered the challenge.

“I thought Mason Larson did a good job on him,” Wilber said. “Mason is really turning into a good defender.”

Up next, the Tigers will close out the regular season against Hastings College.

“If we all just keep really playing together and keep things clicking and we keep moving on offense...I mean our confidence is at an all-time high,” Larson said.

No. 9 Dakota Wesleyan 93, Northwestern College 76

Northwestern (20-9, 12-7): Craig Sterk 0-2 2-2 2, Trent Hilbrands 13-21 8-8 38, Isaac Heyer 1-8 0-0 2, Jay Small 4-13 0-0 11, Keegan Van Egdom 2-5 0-0 6, Tim Wager 0-0 0-0 0, Noah Slagter 1-4 0-0 2, Grant DeMeulenaere 2-3 1-1 5, Dalton Moser 0-1 0-0 0, Grant Rohrer 3-6 1-1 7, Christian Korver 1-1 0-0 3. Team totals: 27-64 12-12 76.

Dakota Wesleyan (21-7, 13-6): Koln Oppold 10-15 9-12 32, Collin Kramer 6-10 2-3 17, Mason Larson 6-13 1-1 13, Samuel McCloud 1-2 0-1 3, Ty Hoglund 8-17 2-2 21, Jared Jaros 1-1 0-0 3, Kellen Erpenbach 0-0 0-0 0, Jeffrey Schuh 2-3 0-1 4, Jacob Prouty 0-0 0-0 0, Drew Cole 0-0 0-0 0, Ace Zorr 0-0 0-0 0. Team totals: 34-61 14-20 93.

HT: DWU, 41-28. 3-pointers: NW 10-26 (Hilbrands 4-10, Small 3-8, Van Egdom 2-4, Korver 1-1, Heyer 0-2, Moser 0-1); DWU 11-21 (Oppold 3-4, Kramer 3-5, Hoglund 3-5, McCloud 1-2, Jaros 1-1, Larson 0-4). Rebounds: NW 25 (Heyer 4, Small 4, Slagter 4); DWU 36 (Kramer 8, Larson 8, McCloud 7). Assists: NW 5; DWU 12 (Oppold 4). Blocked shots: NW 0; DWU 6 (Larson 3). Steals: NW 5 (Van Egdom 3); DWU 1. Turnovers: NW 7; DWU 7. Fouls: NW 17; DWU 15. Officials: David Egge, Jeff Kopecky, Luke Langer. A: 2,830.