Big Second Half Puts Northwest in Quarterfinals
By Matt Bos, Media Coordinator
POINT LOOKOUT, Mo.- (box score) Jordan Call scored 26 of his game-high 33 points in the second half as No. 8 Northwest (Wash.) knocked off No. 9 Northwestern (Iowa), 83-74, in the second round of the NAIA Division II Men's Basketball National Championship.
After shooting only 32% in the first half, Northwest heated up to 55% in the second half and went 6-of-12 from the three-point line. Call was especially effective, hitting three of his four three-pointers in the second half. Rich Skillman added 22 points, six rebounds and four assists and Ryan Dornik added 11.
Northwest led 12-8 early on but the Red Raiders scored seven in-a-row and pushed the lead to 22-16 with 10 minutes gone by in the first half. The Eagles fought their way back after a timeout and held a 30-29 halftime lead after a basket by Dornik.
Down three, Northwestern grabbed its final lead (45-42) after consecutive three-point plays by Ryan Stock and Walker Seim. An ensuing 14-2 Northwest run put the Eagles up for good but the Red Raiders kept it close behind the shooting of Walker Seim, who hit a tournament high seven three-pointers. Northwest made enough plays at the end to hold off any NWC comeback attempt.
Northwestern shot 40% for the game and was led by Seim, who scored 32 points in the losing effort. Ryan Stock scored 12 points before fouling out with three minutes to go. Ben Miller and Zack Leeper added 11 points each. The Red Raiders season comes to a close with a 26-7 record.
Northwest, now 29-4, moves on to Saturday's quarterfinal where it will play either No. 1 Northwood (Fla.) or Marian (Ind.).