College of Charleston (9-8) at Northeastern (4-12)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Monday, January 13, 7 p.m. (ET)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Matthews Arena (5,066) -- Boston, Massachusetts. Television: NBC Sports Network. Home Record: Charleston 5-4, Northeastern 2-3. Away Record: Charleston 3-2, Northeastern 0-6. Neutral Record: Charleston 1-2, Northeastern 2-3. Conference Record: Charleston 1-1, Northeastern 1-1. Series Record: First-ever meeting.
GAME NOTES: Both the College of Charleston Cougars and Northeastern Huskies look to rebound from conference losses as they clash in Boston at Matthews Arena as part of Colonial Athletic Association play.
Charleston had a four-game win streak snapped when it traveled to Hofstra Saturday, losing to the Pride, 75-71. The Cougars are maintaining a plus-.500 record at the moment, thanks in large part to the recent win streak, but will have to recover from the loss to stay above the .500 line.
Northeastern suffered a tough 93-88 2 OT loss at Drexel on Saturday in CAA play. The Huskies have lost four of their last five games and are struggling to retain relevancy this season at 4-12 overall.
This will be the first time these two programs meet in their history, and as CAA foes. The Huskies will make the trip to Charleston later this season on Feb. 15.
A huge 3-pointer put Charleston down by two points with just over 14 seconds left to play against Hofstra, but the Pride didn't surrender the lead to the Cougars, downing Charleston 75-71. Nori Johnson hit that clutch 3-pointer, and scored a game-high 25 points off the bench for Charleston on 8-of-12 shooting. Guard Anthony Stitt netted 17 points and boosted his stat line with 11 rebounds and seven assists in the losing effort. Adjehi Baru added 13 points and five rebounds for the Cougars, who shot 44.2 percent from the floor.
Willis Hall, who contributed seven points in the loss to Hofstra, still leads the team in scoring this season at 11.1 ppg, while Stitt is closing the gap with 10.7 ppg. Stitt is the team's floor general, leading the Cougars in assists with 55 and 19 steals on the year. Baru, who is third on the team averaging 10 ppg, is second on the team in rebounding to Hall at 7.6 rpg. Hall checks in at a team-best 9.3 rpg.
Northeastern and Drexel always give fans a show, having gone to overtime in two consecutive seasons. The Dragons held on to win this double-overtime thriller Saturday in Philadelphia. Demetrius Pollard netted a team-high 19 points for Northeastern and dished out five assists before fouling out of the contest. Scott Eatherton had 18 points and 10 rebounds for the double- double, while Marco Banegas-Flores netted 17 points. Reggie Spencer rounded out the double-digit scorers for the Huskies with 10.
Eatherton has had a solid season so far, and is one of the bright stars on an otherwise under-performing Northeastern squad. Eatherton enters the matchup with Charleston averaging 16.9 ppg and a team-best 10 rpg. He's also tops in blocked shots for the Huskies with 32 on the season. David Walker (11.5 ppg) and Spencer (10.1 ppg) are the other two players averaging scoring numbers in the double digits. The Huskies average 67.7 ppg, while giving up 71.3 ppg to their opposition.
Northeastern has stayed with its opponents in both of the team's last two games, forcing overtime in consecutive contests. But ultimately the extra minutes add up and take their toll, while Charleston, with solid guard play, will be fresh and ready to handle the Huskies.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: College of Charleston 76, Northeastern 67
01/13 10:34:06 ET