Northwestern Red Raider Men Claim GPAC Men’s Basketball Championship

Date posted - February 29, 2012

Northwestern defeated second-ranked Dordt College 86-61 Tuesday night in the GPAC men’s basketball championship presented by Rawlings. The Red Raiders won their fourth conference championship, all under the direction of head coach Kris Korver, who also earned his 300th career win on the NWC bench. Northwestern won its eighth straight game and improved to 25-6 on the year. Dordt lost for the first time at home and falls to 28-4. Both teams have qualified and will play in next week’s NAIA Division II men’s basketball national championship in Point Lookout, Mo.

The game was tied just once (2-2) as Northwestern opened up an early 7-2 lead. Dordt pulled to within three (13-10) until the Red Raiders went on an 11-0 run as five different players scored to lead 24-10. The host Defenders were within nine (27-18) but Northwestern went on another 11-0 spurt, keyed by a four-point play by Ryan Stock and a three-pointer by Walker Seim, to go up 38-18. They led 45-24 at the half.

The Red Raiders held the lead at 20 points for most of the second half until Dordt went on an 8-0 run to get within 16 after a Cliff Warner three-pointer with 7:27 to go. Northwestern responded, however, by scoring the next eight points, the final four coming on back-to-back lay-ups by Jon Kramer, to push the lead to over 20 once again.

Northwestern shot 54% for the game and had four players score in double figures, led by Walker Seim with 17 points. The senior went 3-for-5 from beyond the arc and made all six free throw attempts. Jon Kramer put in 16 points and dished out five assists and Ben Miller (13) and Ryan Stock (11) were also in double figures. Miller pulled down a team-high seven rebounds and also dished out five assists. Northwestern outrebounded Dordt 33-29 and dished out 16 total assists while committing only 11 turnovers.

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