College of Charleston (9-8) at Northeastern (4-12)
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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
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
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
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