Gumbs, who made five of nine shots from the floor, added six rebounds and two blocked shots to his impressive stat line. Tiger sophomore Marcus Damas added 14 points for his seventh double figure scoring effort in the last eight games. Freshman Jervon Pressley scored a career-high 11 points and had six rebounds in the loss.
Towson outrebounded Northeastern, 36-28, but the Huskies took advantage of 19 Tiger turnovers that they turned into 28 points.
Northeastern owned a narrow 25-23 lead at halftime and gradually built on its advantage early in the second half. With 10:25 remaining, senior forward Kashief Edwards connected on a short jumper to up the Huskies’ lead to 41-31. But, the Tigers answered with an 8-0 run to pull within 41-39 with 8:21 remaining on a jumper by freshman Deon Jones.
With their lead trimmed to just two, the Huskies scored off back-to-back steals and increased their advantage back to eight. A steal by Quincy Ford led to a layup by Joel Smith to make it a 44-39 game. Moments later, a steal by Kauri Black enabled junior guard Jonathan Lee to nail a three-point basket, giving the Huskies a 47-39 advantage.
With three minutes left, a steal by Smith enabled Lee to score on a layup and give Northeastern a 51-41 lead.
Over the final 1:21, Northeastern made five of eight free throws to protect their lead.
After Northeastern opened the game by taking a 6-0 lead, the Tigers responded by scoring the next eight points for an 8-6 lead. That set the stage for a closely-contested first half in which there were four ties and six lead changes. The Tigers’ 17-13 lead was their biggest advantage of the game.
Lee led the Huskies with 13 points and five rebounds. Ford added seven points and had a game-high four steals.
With the loss, the Tigers extended their losing streak to 33 games, a streak that dates back to last season. Towson will play its next two games on the road, at Preseason CAA favorite Drexel on Wednesday and at two-time defending league champion Old Dominion on Saturday. Both games are scheduled to tip at 7 p.m.