Kooima’s Career-High Leads Red Raiders Over Dordt

Northwestern Beats Rival Defenders 99-86

Colton Kooima poured in a career-high 35 points in leading Northwestern to a 99-86 win over Dordt College this evening at the Bultman Center.


The teams traded baskets for the first seven minutes with the end-result being a 16-14 advantage for the Defenders.

Dordt went on the game’s first run, outscoring the hosts 6-0 and 9-2 overall, en route to a 25-16 lead after a three-point play by Taylor Feenstra.

Still a nine-point game (31-22), Northwestern outscored Dordt 22-10 and held Dordt to just one field goal over the final eight minutes, to take a 44-41 lead at the break.

Two free throws by Colton Kooima put Northwestern up seven early in the second half but Dordt came back, and following a three-pointer by Bryan Sumner, trailed by just three once again, 56-53.

Consecutive baskets by Kooima began a 13-3 Northwestern run and the Red Raiders eventually pushed the lead to as much as 17 with 6:25 left to go. Dordt would not get closer than eight points the rest of the way as Northwestern won its third straight game.

By the Numbers…

Kooima scored a career-high 35 points, going 14-for-25 from the field. Kooima has three 30+point games this season.

Nathan Wedel chipped in 23 points, 19 in the second half. T.J. Buyert scored nine points and Jordan Baker added seven.

The Red Raiders shot 54% for the game but went just 3-for-12 from the three-point line. Northwestern shot 81% from the free throw line, making 34-of-43 free throws.

Dordt shot 40% and also struggled from beyond the arc, shooting 14% (3-for-21).

Dalton Franken and Leighton Sampson led the Defenders with 19 points each. Nathan Rindels scored 15 and also grabbed six rebounds and dished out four assists.

Northwestern held a 43-37 edge on the boards, led by Baker with 11 and Wedel with nine. Sampson led Dordt with seven boards; the Defenders pulled down 16 offensive rebounds.  

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