Men’s Basketball: Northeastern nets 1st road win of season

Men’s Basketball: Northeastern nets 1st road win of season

Despite an 8-2 home record, the men’s basketball team had remained winless on the road this season until they topped James Madison at the JMU Convocation Center, 67-64 Saturday.

The Huskies (9-17, 7-8 Colonial Athletic Association) battled back from a 12-point deficit behind a career-high 21 points from sophomore forward Eugene Spates. He led four Huskies in double figures including senior co-captains Bobby Kelly, 13, and Bennet Davis, 12, and freshman guard Matt Janning, 11.

Janning and Spates capped Northeastern’s comeback with a free throw each, and Spates grabbed a defensive rebound with 11 seconds left to seal the game for the Huskies.

The Huskies were down early when JMU opened the game with a 7-0 run. NU’s first lead came with five minutes left in the first half, when junior forward Mark Washington nailed a pair of free throws to give the Huskies the 27-26 lead.

Up by four at the half, JMU opened up a 12-point lead (50-38) five minutes into the second. Ten minutes later the Huskies again pulled even with JMU, tying the game at 58 when Janning sank a free throw.

James Madison’s sophomore guard Joe Posey missed a shot from beyond the arc that would have tied the game, but Spates grabbed the rebound to give the Huskies the three-point victory.

The Huskies hosted Towson at Matthews Arena Wednesday, just eight days after Towson had topped NU 74-61. Two games later the Huskies pulled out a 10-point win behind Kelly’s career-high 25 points. Kelly added six rebounds, five assists and three blocks in the 65-55 win.

Davis put up his third double-double of the season with 23 points and 13 rebounds, and freshman forward Manny Adako had a perfect 4-for-4 shooting night for eight points.

Kelly was once again responsible for guarding Gary Neal, the CAA’s leading scorer, whom he held to 11 points last week.

Wednesday Neal was more successful, scoring a game-high 26 points, but Kelly blocked three of his jumpers and matched him with 25 points.

Northeastern is looking for its second road win of the season at Georgia State (8-17, 4-11 CAA) today. NU beat the Panthers 84-96 Jan. 10 when GSU visited Matthews Arena. Saturday the Huskies will play in the ESPN Bracket Buster game against Maine. Northeastern will host the Black Bears (11-14, 6-7 America East) at 1 p.m.

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