The loss snapped a four-game win streak for Towson, which falls to 8-9 overall and 3-1 in CAA play. Northeastern has won four straight to improve to 9-7 on the year and 4-0 in league play.
Junior forward Jerrelle Benimon posted his 11th double-double of the season with a team-high 17 points to go along with 11 rebounds, four assists and three blocks. Benimon is currently tied with Siena’s O.D. Anosike for the most double-doubles in the country.
Graduate student Bilal Dixon posted 12 points on 6-for-6 shooting, while freshman Jerome Hairston also netted 12 points. Dixon is 17-for-21 from the field in his last five games and Hairston has scored in double-digits in three consecutive contests.
Towson connected on five of its first six shots and led 25-13 with 8:16 remaining in the first half. Northeastern responded by making its next five shots during a 13-0 Huskies run. The spurt included a trio of three-point field goals and eight points from senior guard Joel Smith.
In the back-and-forth first half, Towson then posted eight of the next 11 points to go ahead 33-29 before Northeastern ended the period on a 10-0 run to go into halftime leading 39-33.
The Tigers got to within 43-40 just over three minutes into the second half on a Marcus Damas triple, but the Huskies used a 9-2 run to push their lead to double figures midway through the period. Northeastern would lead by as many as 16 in the second half and Towson would get no closer than nine the rest of the way.
The Tigers dominated the glass, holding a 37-27 rebounding advantage, but the Huskies turned 19 Towson turnovers in 26 points. Damas hauled in a career-high 12 rebounds in the loss.
The Tigers will face another tough test on Wednesday as they travel to Delaware, which is 3-0 in CAA play. Tip time from the Bob Carpenter Center is set for 7 p.m.