William & Mary (14-8) at Northeastern (8-16)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Saturday, February 8, 7 p.m. (ET)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Matthews Arena (5,066) -- Boston, Massachusetts. Television: None. Home Record: W&M 7-3, Northeastern 3-6. Away Record: W&M 7-5, Northeastern 3-7. Neutral Record: W&M 0-0, Northeastern 2-3. Conference Record: W&M 6-3, Northeastern 5-5. Series Record: Northeastern leads, 7-6.
GAME NOTES: The William & Mary Tribe will try to stay hot when it pays a visit to Matthews Arena to take on the Northeastern Huskies in Colonial Athletic Association action.
William & Mary is off to a 2-0 start on its three-game road trip and has won four of its last five games overall. The Tribe notched its seventh road win of the season on Wednesday with a 54-50 victory at UNC Wilmington.
Northeastern is just 8-16 on the season but has picked things up during conference play (5-5) and is coming off an 81-73 win over Hofstra on Wednesday night. Following this tilt, the Huskies will hit the road for three of their next four as the regular season winds down.
Northeastern swept both meetings with the Tribe last year and leads the all- time series, 7-6.
W&M dialed up the defensive pressure on Wednesday night by holding UNCW to its second-lowest scoring total of the season. The 50 points also marked the fewest the Tribe has allowed in a game in 2013-14. After a sluggish first half, W&M pulled away behind a 60 percent shooting effort from the floor in the second stanza. Guard Marcus Thornton led all scorers with 19 points, as it was his seventh straight game leading the Tribe in scoring. Forward Tim Rusthoven was the team's only other double-digit scorer, finishing with 10 points on 5-of-7 shooting from the floor. On the season, Thornton ranks second in the CAA in scoring with 19.7 ppg and is a 42 percent shooter from beyond the arc (70-of-167). Rusthoven (12.5 ppg, 5.3 rpg) and reserve Omar Prewitt (11.4 ppg, 4.7 rpg) also average double figures.
Headlining the Huskies' lineup is big man Scott Eatherton, a 56 percent shooter from the floor who is averaging a double-double on the season (16.3 ppg, 10.2 rpg). He also averages just over two blocks per contest. While Eatherton takes care of business in the paint, David Walker (11.9 ppg) and Demetrius Pollard (9.3 ppg) have combined for 81 of Northeastern's 117 3- pointers, or just about 70 percent of the team's long-range production. In their last outing, the Huskies simply overwhelmed Hofstra as they shot a season-best 55 percent from the floor and placed six players in double figures. Walker and Reggie Spencer shared team-high honors with 15 points apiece, while Eatherton finished with 11 points, 11 boards and four blocks.
The Tribe's seven road victories ranks among the top-10 nationally, but Northeastern is coming off its most impressive offensive performance of the season. Still, if W&M can limit the damage from Eatherton, then it should be able to pull out the victory here.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: William & Mary 64, Northeastern 59
02/08 10:22:43 ET