FACTS & STATS: Site: Kaplan Arena (8,600) -- Williamsburg, Virginia.
Television: None. Home Record: Northeastern 6-6, William & Mary 6-3. Away
Record: Northeastern 8-1, William & Mary 3-10. Neutral Record: Northeastern
2-1, William & Mary 0-0. Conference Record: Northeastern 11-1, William & Mary
3-8. Series Record: Series is tied, 6-6.
GAME NOTES: The Northeastern Huskies continue their quest for the Colonial
Athletic Association crown with a bout against the William & Mary Tribe at
The all-time series between W&M and NU has been tightly contested with each
team winning six times. In fact, six of the 12 meetings have been decided by
four points or less. Earlier this season, W&M rallied from a 15-point halftime
deficit to force overtime at Northeastern. Behind a career-high 29 points from
Smith, NU was able to hold off the Tribe, 95-91, in double OT.
Northeastern survived an overtime thriller at Old Dominion on Saturday to
notch its third win in a row and improve its conference leading CAA record to
11-1, which is the best mark in school history. The Huskies have won 11 of
their last 12 games with only two losses in the last 54 days. Joel Smith is
leading four players with double-digit scoring averages with 17.0 ppg.
Jonathan Lee (13.3 ppg), Quincy Ford (12.6 ppg) and Reggie Spencer (10.6 ppg)
also provide scoring punch for NU. Spencer (6.3 rpg) leads the team in
In their win on Saturday, the Huskies shot 86 percent (25-29) from the free-
throw line and their defense limited ODU to just four percent (1-26) shooting
from beyond the arc. Smith set new career-highs for free throws made (12) and
attempted (13), scoring his 27 points on just 10 shot attempts. Lee chipped in
19 points in the win. NU leads the CAA in four statistical categories: scoring
offense, 3-point field goal percentage, assists, and assist/turnover ratio.
Since going on an eight-game losing streak, the Tribe have won two of the last
four games. Both of the wins came at home, but the team is coming off of an
81-71 loss to James Madison. The slide hindered William & Mary's chances of
competing for the regular season CAA title and it currently sits at 3-8 in
league play. Marcus Thornton is pacing the team in scoring (18.2 ppg) and
assists (2.8), while Tim Rusthoven provides 14.8 points and 7.7 boards per
William & Mary's committed 14 turnovers in its loss to the Dukes, as JMU
converted the miscues into 25 points. The Tribe finished the game shooting
53.2 percent (25-of-47) from the floor, including a 60-percent clip (15-of-25)
in the second half. W&M was 14-of-27 from 3-point range (51.9 percent) and
dished out 18 assists on its 25 makes from the field. JMU finished the contest
at 50.9 percent (29-of-57) from the floor. Thornton netted a team-high 22
points in the loss.
Northeastern's record is above and beyond all of its conference foes, but the
wins are not coming easy. The Huskies will have trouble against a motivated
Tribe team that proved it can hang with NU already. Smith will need to deliver
another spectacular performance to keep the Huskies' winning streak alive.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: William & Mary 70, Northeastern 68