TOWSON, Md. - After playing Colonial Athletic Association co-leader Northeastern University (12-7, 7-1) to a two-point game in the first half, the Tigers (4-14, 1-7) were faced with a determined group of Huskies in the second half and the result was the Huskies' tenth consecutive victory, a 73-48 win over the Tigers in the Towson Center on Wednesday night.
Leading by just 26-24 at intermission, the Huskies opened the half with a 23-6 to take complete control of the contest.
The victory extended the Huskies' longest winning streak since the 1986-87 season. After opening the season with a 2-7 record, Northeastern's winning streak has enabled the Huskies to improve their record to 12-7 overall.
The victory also enabled the CAA co-leaders to keep pace with George Mason (12-7, 7-1) and Old Dominion (15-5, 7-1), the other co-leaders.
Junior guard Chaisson Allen led the Huskies' second half blitz as he scored ten of his game high 16 points after intermission. Senior forward Manny Adako added 12 second half points and finished the game with 15 points on six-for-six shooting.
After opening up a 49-30 lead with 12:04 remaining in the game, the Huskies were never seriously threatened. With 2:52 left in the game, Northeastern's lead was its largest of the game at 71-42.
The Huskies, who shot 62.1 per cent from the field after halftime, held the Tigers to 31 per cent shooting in the second half while outscoring them, 47-24. Of the 13 Huskies who played, 12 of them scored.
Led by Allen, who made four of six three-pointers, Northeastern shot 10-for-25 from three-point range. Senior Matt Janning, who was three-for-six from beyond the arc, scored nine points for Northeastern.
"This was the first time in the last four or five games where we've run out of gas like that," said Towson Coach Pat Kennedy. "In the first half, I thought our zone defense was working well. The way we played in the first half is the way we have to play."
Led by 10 points by junior guard Josh Brown, the Tigers raced to a 16-12 lead in the first ten minutes of the game. Making his first start for the Tigers, Brown made his first four shots from the floor and nailed two three-pointers to help the Tigers make their fast start.
However, Northeastern responded with a 10-0 run that gave the Huskies a 22-16 advantage with 7:45 left in the half. But, the Tigers turned up the defensive intensity and held Northeastern scoreless for more than six minutes. By the time Baptiste Bataille ended the drought with a steal and fast break layup, the Tigers had taken a 24-22 lead.
After Bataille tied the game for the fourth time in the half, a jumper by Mathiang Muo with 52 seconds remaining gave the Huskies a 26-24 lead which they took into halftime.
In the opening half, the Huskies shot 44 per cent from the floor while Towson was held to 33 per cent shooting. Fortunately for the Tigers, they connected on four of ten three-point attempts.
Three-pointers by Allen and Janning in the opening moments of the second half enabled Northeastern to grab a 32-26 advantage with 17:04 left in the game. From that point on, the Huskies dominated play at both ends of the floor.
Brown led the Tigers with a career high 14 points while freshman Isaiah Philmore scored eight points with six rebounds.
Senior center Nkem Ojougboh helped the Huskies by scoring six points with nine rebounds and four blocked shots.