Freshman Quincy Ford scored a game-high 18 points as Northeastern held off William & Mary, 57-49, last night in the first round of the Colonial Athletic Association tournament in Richmond, Va.
Seventh-seeded NU (14-16) advances to today’s quarterfinal round and will face second-seeded Virginia Commonwealth.
Tim Rusthoven led the No. 10-seeded Tribe (6-26) with 12 points and seven rebounds.
Ford was the difference for Northeastern, which also got 11 points from Jonathan Lee and 10 from Joel Smith to avenge a 25-point loss to William & Mary in Williamsburg, Va., Feb. 11.
After shooting 1 for 8 from behind the arc in the first half, Northeastern drilled four consecutive 3-pointers to build a 12-point lead in the second. Lee and Smith knocked down treys before Ford connected on back-to-back 3-pointers to give the Huskies a 39-27 advantage with 16:36 remaining.
The momentum shifted when Lee fouled out with 10:38 left. Julian Boatner hit a 3-pointer and Rusthoven blocked a shot by Ford that led to a Marcus Thornton layup that cut NU’s lead to 7.
Boatner canned another three and a pair of free throws before Quinn McDowell’s 3-point play with 6:27 remaining pulled the Tribe within 46-43.
But Reggie Spencer extended two Northeastern possessions with offensive rebounds and pushed the lead back to 9, 52-43, on a jumper with 3:40 left. Ford hit 3 of 4 free throws in the final minute to set the final margin.
In other CAA opening-round games, Devon Saddler scored 28 points, 18 in the second half, as Delaware (18-12) overcame Towson, 72-65; freshman forward Cedrick Williams scored 22 points to lead UNC Wilmington (10-20) to a 70-59 win over James Madison (12-20); and Eric Buckner scored 21 points to lead Georgia State (21-11) past Hofstra 85-50.
Murray St. 78, Tennessee Tech 58 - Donte Poole scored 25 points, and the 12th-ranked Racers routed the Golden Eagles to advance to the final of the Ohio Valley Conference tournament in Nashville. Murray State (29-1) will play Tennessee State in tonight’s championship.
Wichita St. 72, Indiana St. 48 - Toure Murry and Joe Ragland scored 14 points each to lead No. 15 Shockers (27-4) over the Sycamores (18-14) in the quarterfinals of the Missouri Valley Conference tournament in St. Louis.
Notre Dame 75, Providence 69 - Jack Cooley scored a career-high 27 points and had 17 rebounds as the No. 20 Fighting Irish (21-10, 13-5) beat the visiting Friars to wrap up a double bye in next week’s Big East tournament.
LaDontate Henton had 18 points and 12 rebounds and Vincent Council added 17 points for Providence (15-16, 4-14). Notre Dame locked up the No. 3 seed in the tournament and ended a two-game losing skid.
Creighton 68, Drake 61 - Greg McDermott scored 26 points and Antoine Young added 16 points to lift the No. 25 Bluejays (26-5) past the Bulldogs in the quarterfinals of the Missouri Valley Conference tournament in St. Louis.
Penn 54, Brown 43 - Zack Rosen scored 11 of his game-high 19 points in the second half to rally the host Quakers (18-11, 10-2) past the Bears (8-22, 2-11), keeping alive Penn’s Ivy League title hopes. Penn remains a half-game behind first-place Harvard.
NCAA Division 3 tournament - Mitchell Kates contributed 24 points, 11 rebounds, and 8 assists as No. 3 MIT (26-1) defeated Skidmore, 62-55, in a first-round game in Oneonta, N.Y. . . . DaQuan Brooks scored 45 of his 52 points in the second half, lifting Western Connecticut State to a 94-84 win over Christopher Newport in first-round play in Lancaster, Pa. . . . Ray Askew and Darius Watson each scored 28 points and Albertus Magnus (28-1) held off St. Joseph’s of Long Island (21-5), pulling out an 87-84 win in a first-round matchup in Middlebury, Vt.
America East tournament - Chantell Alford scored 18 points and Rashidat Agboola had 11 rebounds and three blocked shots as top-seeded Boston University (23-7) eased to a 52-43 win over Maine in the quarterfinals of the America East tournament in West Hartford. Courtney Anderson had 13 points to lead the Black Bears (8-23) . . . Morgan Frame scored 21 points, but UMBC (16-14) scored the game’s final 5 points to take a 59-57 win over New Hampshire (16-13) . . . Freshman Niki Taylor scored a career-high 22 points, but Albany (21-9) scored 30 points off 28 Vermont turnovers and eliminated the Catamounts, 74-61. Vermont finished 10-20 . . . Ruthanne Doherty had 15 points and 10 rebounds but Hartford (19-12) went cold in the second half in a 48-45 upset loss to Binghamton (13-17).
ACC tournament - Bonae Holston and Marissa Kastanek each scored 16 points to help North Carolina State upset No. 5 Duke, 75-73, in the quarterfinals in Greensboro, N.C. Myisha Goodwin-Coleman added 12 points for the ninth-seeded Wolfpack (18-14), who ended a six-game losing streak to the Blue Devils (24-5) . . . Tyaunna Marshall scored 21 points and had the go-ahead basket with 1:35 left to help No. 15 Georgia Tech (23-7) beat North Carolina, 54-53 . . . Secily Ray scored a season-high 21 points to help Wake Forest (19-12) pull off an 81-74 upset of No. 7 Miami (25-5) . . . Alyssa Thomas scored 18 points and No. 6 Maryland (26-4) knocked off Virginia, 70-58.
Kentucky 71, Florida 67 - Bria Goss hit a layup with 1:22 left, and the 10th-ranked Wildcats (25-5) rallied from a 13-point deficit in the second half to hold off the Gators in the quarterfinals of the Southeastern Conference tournament in Nashville.
Ohio St. 57, Michigan 48 - Tayler Hill hit three 3-pointers and scored 19 points as the No. 14 Buckeyes (25-5) held off a late charge by the Wolverines (20-11) to advance to the semifinals of the Big Ten tournament in Indianapolis.
Penn St. 78, Minnesota 74 - Maggie Lucas scored 24 points, rallying the No. 9 Nittany Lions (24-5) past the Gophers (15-17) in a Big Ten tournament quarterfinal game in Indianapolis.
Syracuse 57, Providence 47 - Kayla Alexander and Iasia Hemingway scored 15 points each, and Alexander grabbed 10 rebounds as the Orange (18-13) eliminated the Friars (13-17) in the opening round of the Big East tournament in Hartford.
Harvard 88, Columbia 64 - Christine Clark scored 18 points and the host Crimson (15-11, 8-4 Ivy) rolled past the Lions (3-23, 1-11).
NCAA Division 3 tournament - In Amherst, 11 players scored as the top-ranked Lord Jeffs (28-0) breezed to an 84-30 first-round win over St. Joseph’s of New York (13-13) . . . Nicki Wurdeman scored 27 points and 13th-ranked Babson (26-2) earned a 68-59 win over Bridgewater State (19-8) in another first-round game in Amherst. Babson coach Judy Blinstrub notched her 500th career victory . . . In Providence, Meghan Kirwan contributed 17 points, 9 steals, and 7 assists as Emmanuel (23-6) defeated Hartwick, 68-61, in first-round action.