11th-ranked Northwestern College returns to action for the first time in 10 days when they play at Briar Cliff Wednesday night, Dec. 4, for a GPAC match-up. Tip-off at the Newman Flanagan Center in Sioux City, Iowa is scheduled for 6pm. The Red Raiders are tied with both Dordt and Morningside for third in the GPAC at 3-1, 7-1 overall. Briar Cliff is 1-3 and tied with both Mount Marty and Midland in the current GPAC standings, 2-6 overall.

The Chargers have lost two straight and six of their last seven games heading into Wednesday night’s showdown. They have not played since a 74-55 loss to Dakota Wesleyan on Nov. 25 and lost to Dordt in the game prior to that. BCU’s last win was a a 79-72 decision against Mount Marty on Nov. 20. They are 1-3 in the GPAC, 2-6 overall, owning a non-conference win against Dakota State in the first game of the year.

Long-time coach Mike Power is in his 20th season in two separate stints with the Chargers program. This is his 14th consecutive year on the bench, taking over in 2006-07. Power has guided Briar Cliff to nine national tournaments and returns two starters, five players from a 2018-19 team that finished eighth in the GPAC with a 9-13 record, 15-16 overall. They were picked ninth in the GPAC preseason poll.

The Red Raiders are off to a 7-1 start this season, 3-1 in the GPAC. Coming off its only loss, a 92-84 setback against No.5 Dordt, Northwestern responded with a 78-51 home win against Jamestown last time out on Nov. 23. The Red Raiders also have wins over Mount Marty and College of Saint Mary within GPAC play.

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