“Last year we played in the #3 vs #6 matchup, the only thing different is we wore white jerseys.”
That's what Bill Coen, head coach of Northeastern, said about his team coming in as the lower seed. The Hukskies are the defending champs but only won 18 this season, which landed them the 6th seed in the conference tournament.
Seeding didn't matter for the Huskies, as they keep their season alive defeating the 3rd seeded Towson Tigers, 71-60.
“Our primary for the last three weeks was to really earn the bye and get out of that friday night game,” Coen said. We've been in tournament mode for the last three weeks. That's really made us stronger.
The Huskies went on a 6-game losing streak in the month of January which really put them in a tight spot but in the final six games of the season they went 5-1, which really prepared them for their quarterfinal matchup against the Tigers.
The first half was a back and forth battle between the two teams. There were seven lead changes in the and four ties. The Tigers controlled the paint early on, snatching 8 offensive rebounds in the first half and outscoring the Huskies 20-10 in the paint.
Timajh Paker-Rivera and William Adala-Moto were the enforcers down bottom for the Tigers. Adala-Moto finished with 18 points and 12 boards, leading the Tigers in both categories.
The Huskies dug themselves in an early hole also when they went 5-12 from the charity strike but still manage to go into halftime only down by 3 points.
The second half was a different story for the Huskies.
The Huskies opened the second half with two three pointers that gave the Huskies an early lead they wouldn't lose for the rest of the half. David Walker and Quincy Ford combined for 30 points in the second half, each contributing 15 points. The Huskies as a team shot 62% in the second half, 12-14 from the free throw line, and 4-7 from behind the arc.
While the offense was clicking for the Huskies so was the defense. The Huskies held the Tigers to under 40% from the field and 25% from behind the arc. Adala-Moto was the Tigers' only offensive threat in the second half, scoring 10 of the teams first 12 points, all in the paint. It wasn't enough for the Tigers.
Mike Morsell tried his best to start a rally for the Tigers, scoring 8 points in one minute span. Morsell finished with 16 points.
The Huskies will take on UNCW in the semi-finals, a rematch from last season.