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Marcus Damas scored a team-high 21 points on Wednesday.
Walker Hits 35-Foot Buzzer-Beater to Stun Tigers
Courtesy: Athletics Media Relations  
Release: 01/22/2014
TOWSON, Md. – Northeastern guard David Walker hit a 35-foot three-pointer as time expired to propel the Huskies to a dramatic 57-54 win over Towson on Wednesday night inside SECU Arena.

The Tigers (12-7, 3-1 Colonial Athletic Association), who fought back from a 21-point deficit, tied the game with six seconds left after sophomore Four McGlynn was fouled shooting a three and hit all three ensuing free throws. Walker then fired a deep three as the horn sounded which hit nothing but net to give the Huskies (6-14, 3-3 CAA) the upset win.

The loss snapped Towson’s five-game winning streak and 13-game home court winning streak, which was its longest since winning 22 straight from 1992-95. It also marked the Tigers first loss in its last eight CAA games.

Senior Marcus Damas paced the Tigers with 21 points on 6-for-11 shooting. The forward hit a season-high five three’s on nine attempts while also grabbing five rebounds. Senior Rafriel Guthrie was the only other Tiger in double figures with 13 points to go along with five boards.

Northeastern shot 56.5 percent in the first half, including making six of eight from beyond the arc to take a 40-21 halftime lead. Trailing 43-24 early in the second half, the Tigers held the Huskies scoreless for 8:52. Towson went on an 11-0 run during that span to cut their deficit to just eight (43-35) midway through the final stanza.

Towson was down 10 with 6:17 to go when Guthrie sparked a 9-1 run with a four straight free throws. Back-to-back layups by senior forward Jerrelle Benimon made it 49-47 with 3:15 remaining. The Tigers still trailed by two with 23 seconds left when Northeastern guard Zach Stahl made one of two free throws to give the Huskies a three-point edge and set up the wild finish.

Benimon matched his worst scoring output of the season with just six points. The senior took just four shots, but led Towson with 13 rebounds and three assists. The All-American candidate had his double-double streak snapped at nine games and his 20-point game streak halted at six games.

Scott Eatherton led Northeastern with 19 points and nine rebounds, while Stahl posted 10 points while also grabbing nine boards.

The Tigers shot just 26.9 percent in the first half and 31.9 percent for the game. Aside from Damas, Towson made just one of 16 three-pointers. Towson did hold Northeastern to just five second half field goals while the Huskies shot 21.7 percent in the final period.  

Towson returns to action on Saturday as the Tigers travel to rival Delaware. The Blue Hens currently lead the CAA with a 5-0 mark. The game can be seen live on Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic at 12 p.m.

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