January 16, 2020 - 8:58 am - Posted in Sports

The Northwestern College men’s basketball team came up short in its upset bid against 17th-ranked Mount Marty 89-79 in a GPAC match-up played tonight in Yankton, S.D.

With its third consecutive loss, Northwestern drops to 6-5 in the GPAC, 14-7 overall; the Lancers improve to 8-3 in conference play, 16-4 overall.

Trent Hilbrands led the Red Raiders with 18 points, one of four players to put up double figures for Head Coach Kris Korver’s squad. Craig Sterk followed close behind with 17 and both Jay Small and Keegan Van Egdom contributed 10.

Down four (47-43) at halftime, Northwestern surged ahead for the final time, 52-51, following a three-pointer by Hilbrands and two free throws from Sterk at the 17-minute mark. Tied at 54 moments later, consecutive three-point plays by Lancers’ guards Jordan Johnson and Jailen Billings put their team up for good, 60-54.

Northwestern was still within striking distance, 71-69, after a three-pointer by Van Egdom with eight minutes remaining. Mount Marty, however, outscored the Red Raiders 14-4 over the next five minutes, extending its lead to 85-73 with two minutes left.

Statistically, the game was very even; Northwestern shot 48% for the game compared to Mount Marty’s 49%. The Red Raiders held a slight advantage in three-point percentage (41% – 38%) and rebounding (34 -31). Northwestern committed 13 turnovers compared to seven by the Lancers.

Grant Rohrer pulled down a game-high eight rebounds while Sterk, Small and Grant DeMeulenaere dished out three assists each.

Mount Marty was led by the duo Colby Johnson (24 points) and Jordan Johnson (21 points) with Chris King filling up the stat sheet with 18 points, seven rebounds and six assists.

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