Monday’s CAA tournament title game will match two teams desperately looking to earn a bid to the NCAA tournament. While William & Mary’s drought has been much-publicized, as they’ve never played in the NCAA tournament, Northeastern’s looking to end a drought of more than two decades. Sunday evening Bill Coen’s Huskies beat UNCW 78-71 to advance to the title game, and a win over the Tribe would result in their first NCAA tournament trip since 1991.
Forward Scott Eatherton, a first team all-CAA selection, led the way with 21 points while also grabbing five rebounds and blocking three shots. Just as important for Northeastern was the 33 points they received from reserves, as Devon Begley, Caleb Donnelly and Reggie Spencer scored 11 points apiece. Starting guard David Walker also scored 11 points for Northeastern, and he also contributed eight rebounds and five assists.
UNCW’s Jordan Talley led three Seahawks in double figures with 18 points, with fellow guards Craig Ponder (17 points, five rebounds, three assists) and Addison Spruill (12 points, four rebounds) being the other double-digit scorers. Monday’s title game begins at 7:00 p.m. and can be seen on NBCSN.
Northeastern freshman guard Devon Begley picked up a steal near mid-court against the College of Charleston on Saturday and beat the entire Cougar defense back for the layup.
But Begley still had to compete with a mop boy who wasn’t paying attention to the quick nature of the play. Begley finished the play and ended the game with five points in a 65-56 win for the Huskies.
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William & Mary entered Saturday’s game against Northeastern one game behind the Huskies in the CAA standings, and after their loss at Delaware on Wednesday this was a game Tony Shaver’s team had to get. And thanks to a balanced offensive effort the Tribe picked up the win, beating Northeastern 78-62 with Omar Prewitt leading four starters in double figures with 19 points.
Sean Sheldon and Tony Tarpley added 15 points apiece, with Tarpley also grabbing eight rebounds, and senior guard Marcus Thornton scored 13 as William & Mary pulled even with the Huskies at 6-2 in CAA play. Quincy Ford led Northeastern with 17 points and Scott Eatherton added 12, but the Huskies’ struggles from beyond the arc proved too much to overcome.
Northeastern, which is shooting 38 percent from beyond the arc for the season, made just two of its twenty attempts on the afternoon. By comparison, William & Mary (the CAA’s best three-point shooting team) made six of its nineteen attempts.