Northeastern (8-18) at College of Charleston (13-13)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Saturday, February 15, 7 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: TD Arena (5,100) -- Charleston, South Carolina. Television: CSS, MyTV. Home Record: Northeastern 3-7, CofC 8-5. Away Record: Northeastern 3-8, CofC 4-6. Neutral Record: Northeastern 2-3, CofC 1-2. Conference Record: Northeastern 5-7, CofC 5-6. Series record: College of Charleston leads, 1-0.
GAME NOTES: It's been more than a month since the College of Charleston has won back-to-back games. The Cougars try to accomplish that task and sweep the season series against Northeastern when the two Colonial Athletic Association foes meet at TD Arena.
Winners in their last three home games, the Cougars are coming off a 47-46 victory over Drexel Thursday night in Charleston. Graduate senior forward Willis Hall hit the winning shot with 3.8 seconds remaining. Canyon Barry scored 10 points as the only player in double figures for Charleston , which has won five of its last six. Adjehi Baru and Hall collected 13 and 11 rebounds, respectively.
The last time the Cougars won consecutive contests was Jan. 1-7, a three-game winning streak. Their only other meeting all-time against Northeastern came Jan. 13 in a 58-49 triumph. Anthony Thomas led the way with 16 points in that game, while Hall totaled 14 points and 13 boards. Northeastern lost despite 19 points and 16 rebounds from Scott Eatherton.
The defense has been stepping up for the Cougars, who have limited their last three CAA opponents to under their overall scoring average. Delaware, the conference-leader at 80.3 ppg, was held to 67 points, Towson (third with 72.0 ppg) was held to 68 and Drexel (fourth with 69.6 ppg) to 46 points. Northeastern comes into tonight's game sixth in the CAA in scoring offense (65.2 ppg), while Charleston is the No. 1 defense, giving up only 62.3 ppg. What has hurt the Cougars this year is their free throw shooting (.634) and turnovers.
Hall (12.2 ppg, 9.3 rpg) and junior guard Anthony Stitt (10.4 ppg) lead the way offensively, but Baru (9.5 ppg, 7.8 rpg) has been a major force in the middle. Senior swingman Nori Johnson (7.2 ppg) and Thomas (7.3 ppg), a small forward, are part of a team that averages only 63.1 ppg.
The Huskies, losers of two straight and four of their last five games, suffered a 55-45 setback at UNC Wilmington Thursday. David Walker paced Northeastern with 18 points on 6-of-10 shooting from the floor, while Scott Eatherton recorded a double-double with 10 points and 16 rebounds.
Northeastern has averaged only 62.1 ppg when losing a conference game this season. Eatherton (15.9 ppg, 10.3 rpg), who paces the nation in double-doubles with 16, is third in the CAA in field-goal percentage (.559). Walker (11.7 ppg) and Demetrius Pollard (9.3 ppg) have combined to sink 89 3-pointers this season. Reggie Spencer (9.1 ppg, 7.0 rpg) is second on the team in rebounding. Northeastern is last in the CAA in free-throw percentage (.628) and next-to- last in defending the 3-point line (.374).
The Huskies have not lost three consecutive CAA games in more than two years, going back to a four-game skid Feb. 1-11, 2012, but its not likely they will come out on the positive side against a team that is playing spectacular defense.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: College of Charleston 64, Northeastern 56
02/15 10:19:08 ET