Hilbrands scores career high in win over Mayville State

Thursday, November 15, 2018

ORANGE CITY — Trent Hilbrands scored a career-high 29 points and Parker Mulder recorded his first career double-double in leading Northwestern to an 89-83 home win over Mayville State Friday evening at the Bultman Center.

Down by two at the half, a basket by Hilbrands coupled with a pair of three pointers put the Red Raiders in front for good, 62-58, with 13-minutes left to play. Northwestern pushed the lead to eight (72-64) until an 8-1 Mayville State run cut the lead down to one, 73-72, at the 4:32 mark. Coach Korver’s squad scored the next seven points, five from the free throw line, to get their lead back to eight as they held off the Comets over the final minutes.

Hilbrands, a Le Mars Community graduate, made 10 of his 15 field goal attempts and converted seven free throws en route to a career-best 29 points, 10 points more than his previous high. Korver came off the bench to net 14 points and Jay Small added 11 points. Both Mulder and Craig Sterk scored 10 points and Mulder pulled down a career-high 16 rebounds to go with four assists.

Northwestern shot an even 50% from the field, 24% (7-of-29) from the arc, and held a huge 51-32 advantage on the boards.

The first half was tight with the teams trading baskets for the opening 10 minutes. Former Hinton standout Small gave the Red Raiders a one-point lead with a three-pointer but the Comets then began the best scoring run of the first half, going on a 12-4 surge, for a 33-26 advantage with six minutes left. Northwestern battled back to get within one following a baseline jumper by Korver and the hosts were down two by halftime, 41-39.

Hilbrands again led the team in scoring in Saturday’s 103-56 win over Valley City State. He finished 10-of-18 from the floor with a pair of threes to end with 22 points. Small was third on the team with 10 points as a total of 13 players put the ball in the hoop in the rout.