WILMINGTON,NC(WWAY) -- Visiting Northeastern had the hot hand early and often and rode its patient offense to a 70-66 Colonial Athletic Association victory over UNCW on Wednesday at Trask Coliseum.
The Huskies won their second straight game to improve to 6-15 overall and 2-8 in the CAA. The Seahawks dropped their fourth contest in five outings to fall to 10-11 and 4-6.
Senior point man Chad Tomko paced the Seahawks with 23 points, including 17 in the second half as the Seahawks battled back into the game after being down nine at the intermission.
Senior guard Chaisson Allen paced the Huskies with 20 points, going 9-for-10 from the foul line. The Huskies made 17-of-19 attempts from the charity stripe.
After Tanner Milson’s clutch trifecta from the left wing sliced UNCW’s deficit to 64-62 with 2:29 left, Allen missed the front end of a one-and-one and Tomko sank a pair of free throws to tie the game at 64-all.
NU, however, rattled off the next four points, all by Jonathan Lee (17 points) from the foul line to establish a 68-64 lead with 1:28 showing. The Seahawks cut it to 68-66 with 19 seconds remaining, but Lee stepped up and knocked down two more free throws to seal the game.
After shooting well and building a 36-27 advantage at halftime, the Huskies started quickly again after the break behind reserve forward Ryan Pierson, who converted a conventional three-point play and a layup to increase the margin to 41-27.
The Huskies remained ahead, 48-35, when Tomko ignited a 7-0 run to bring the Seahawks within 48-42 at 14:40. Tomko had five points in the spurt and connected on a pair of free throws to cap the mini-run.
NU responded, however, by scoring six of the next eight points to push the lead back to 54-44 on a slam by Kauri Black at 12:33.
Ahmad Grant, who finished with 13 points, poured in six straight points to rally the Seahawks one final time in the final five minutes. The senior from Peoria, Ill., made a driving layup, was fouled on the play and added a free throw to bring the Seahawks within, 62-56, with 4:33 showing.
The two teams jockeyed for position in the early going until the Huskies strung together seven unanswered points for an early 20-16 lead. Sophomore guard Jonathan Lee converted a layup over two Seahawk defenders at 11:14 to give the Huskies a four-point advantage.
After Trevor Deloach drained a trey from the top of the key for the Seahawks, NU used a 14-3 run to break away. The Huskies dialed long distance and used four consecutive treys, including a pair from Allen, to build a 34-22 cushion with 4:51 left in the first period.
The Huskies wound up shooting 54.2 percent in the first 20 minutes on 13-for-24 shooting and went 8-for-15 behind the arc. The Seahawks, meanwhile, shot just 34.6 percent on 9-for-26 in the opening stanza.
GAME NOTES: NU canned nine of its first 12 field goal attempts…The Seahawks are now 2-9 when trailing at halftime…Buzz Peterson used the same starting lineup for the third consecutive game…NU now leads the series, 5-3….The Huskies evened their record at Trask Coliseum to 2-2…Ahmad Grant scored 11 consecutive points during one stretch late in the game…Tanner Milson’s first field goal of the game, a triple, with 2:29 left closed the gap to 64-62.
article courtesy UNCW Sports Information