Release Courtesy of Nebraska Wesleyan Athletics
Northwestern College led the entire game as they defeated Nebraska Wesleyan University 77-64 on Saturday (Jan. 25) in a matchup between teams with identical records in the GPAC men's basketball standings.
The Red Raiders now improve to 12-10 overall and 5-7 in GPAC play, while the Prairie Wolves fall to 9-8, 4-8 in GPAC and sit eighth in the league standings.
Northwestern shot 54.2 percent from the field for the game, including 55.6 percent in the second half as they built up a 17-point lead in the second half.
NWU made a late run scoring 11 unanswered points in a stretch of 2:26 to cut the lead down to six points at 70-64 with 1:59 remaining, but the Prairie Wolves would not score a point the rest of the game.
Nebraska Wesleyan was ice cold from the outside in the first half shooting 1-10 from long range. They fell behind by as many as 11 points in the first 20 minutes, butTrevor Johnson hit back-to-back baskets to end the half making the score 31-25 at halftime.
The Prairie Wolves struggled offensively to open the second half with just one made field goal in the first five minutes as Northwestern got ahead by 14 points.
It was the Isaiah Taylor show for the Red Raiders as he came off the bench to score a career-high 27 points. Taylor was 11-13 from the field , 3-3 from 3-point range and 2-2 at the free throw stripe in only 24 minutes. Zack Leeper scored 19 and Joey Habtemariam added 18 points for Northwestern.
NWU was led by Trevor Johnson with 18 points. Trey Bardsley scored 16 hitting 4-10 from 3-point range with Tim Schweitzer scoring 10 points.