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No. 13 DWU rally falls flat

ORANGE CITY, Iowa--A second-half comeback by the No. 13 Dakota Wesleyan University men's basketball team fell short as Northwestern pulled out a 102-96 Great Plains Athletic Conference win on Wednesday in Orange, City, Iowa.

ORANGE CITY, Iowa-A second-half comeback by the No. 13 Dakota Wesleyan University men's basketball team fell short as Northwestern pulled out a 102-96 Great Plains Athletic Conference win on Wednesday in Orange, City, Iowa.

The Tigers trailed the Red Raiders for the majority of the contest, but were able to tie the game up late in the second half at 90. Northwestern outscored DWU 12-6 the rest of the way to earn the win.

DWU head coach Matt Wilber said the Tigers were lacking on the defense throughout the contest.

"We couldn't get any stops and we were playing from behind the whole time," Wilber said. "We fought back. They played really well, but we weren't ready to play and that falls on the head coach."

Northwestern shot 60 percent from the field, making 41 of 68 field goals and going 16-of-23 from the free throw line. Colton Kooima led all scorers with 34 points, while Nathan Wedel added 21 points and 10 rebounds for a double-double in the win.

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"When you get down that big, that early, it's pretty tough to fight back and come away with a win," Wilber said.

Trae Bergh scored a team-high 29 points and became the 15th Tiger in school history to surpass 1,500 career points.

Tate Martin finished with 19 points, while Jade Miller added 17 points and Terrell Newton chipped in 14 points.

DWU (12-6, 5-4 GPAC) went 36-of-71 from the field for 50 percent and 8-of-24 from behind the arc for 33 percent shooting. The Red Raiders outrebounded the Tigers 40-33.

Wilber said the Tigers need to refocus before the team's game against rival Dakota State University at 6 p.m. on Saturday at the Corn Palace in Mitchell.

"We're going to have our hands full because that's a big-time rivalry game," Wilber said. "We will be happy to get back home, but we need to be ready to go right away."

Dakota Wesleyan (12-6, 5-4 GPAC) 96

Terrell Newton 4-11 5-6 14 Trae Bergh 9-15 7-9 29 Tate Martin 8-13 1-1 19 Jade Miller 7-19 3-4 17 Brady Wohler 0-2 0-0 0 Trae Vandeberg 1-1 0-0 3 Jon Harmening 2-2 0-0 4 Kellen Barden 2-3 0-1 4 Jason Spicer 3-5 0-0 6 Totals 36-71 16-21 96

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Northwestern (9-8, 3-5 GPAC)

Bryce Moss 5-5 0-1 10 Colton Kooima 13-21 5-6 34 Taylor Francis 1-5 4-4 7 Jaxon Heinz 3-7 1-2 7 Nathan Wedel 8-11 5-8 21 Riley Francis 1-2 0-0 2 T.J. Buyert 0-1 0-0 0 Isaiah Taylor 0-1 0-0 0 Jordan Baker 7-10 1-1 15 Chris Borchers 3-5 0-1 6 Totals 41-68 16-23 102

Halftime score: N 59, DWU 43; 3-point goals: DWU 8-24 (Bergh 4, Martin 2, Newton, Vandeberg), N 4-13 (Kooima 3, Francis); Assists: DWU 7 (Martin 3), N 9 (Kooima 3); Rebounds: DWU 33 (Miller 8), N 40 (Wedel 10); Steals: DWU 3 (Bergh 2), N 5 (Kooima 2); Fouls: DWU 20, N 18; Turnovers: DWU 9, N 9

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