Northeastern got last year’s leading scorer Jonathan Lee back Tuesday afternoon for the first time this season against UNC Asheville, but the Huskies continued their downward spiral.
Jeremy Atkinson scored 21 points, Jon Nwannunu had 16, and the Bulldogs (4-7) held off a late rally by NU in a 79-73 win at Matthews Arena.
Lee, who had a preseason foot injury, had 19 points, 5 assists, and 3 rebounds, but Northeastern dropped its fifth straight to fall to 4-6. Joel Smith scored 22 points, while Quincy Ford added 11 points and eight boards.
Keith Hornsby finished with 15 points and Will Weeks added 14 for UNC Asheville. Atkinson also had a game-high nine rebounds.
UNC Asheville took a 71-57 lead with 3:52 left in the game on Hornsby’s free throw. But the Huskies went on a 9-0 run, capped by Smith’s 3-pointer with 1:16 remaining, to trim the deficit to 5 points.
Northeastern got no closer than 4 the rest of the way, and the Bulldogs hit eight free throws down the stretch to help seal the victory.
Arizona 89, Oral Roberts 64 — Mark Lyons scored 17 points for the fourth-ranked Wildcats (9-0), who rolled over the visiting Golden Eagles (5-5).
Ohio St. 65, Winthrop 55 — Deshaun Thomas scored 21 points — missing nine straight shots at one point and making five in a row at another — to lead the seventh-ranked Buckeyes past the Eagles (4-5) at home.
It was the last tune-up for the Buckeyes (9-1) before Saturday’s rematch with No. 9 Kansas. The Jayhawks beat them twice last year, once at Allen Fieldhouse and then in the Final Four.
Kansas 87, Richmond 59 — Jeff Withey had 17 points and 13 rebounds, Ben McLemore added 14 points, and the No. 9 Jayhawks (9-1) used another big first-half run to help put away the visiting Spiders.
The Jayhawks used an 18-0 first-half spurt to bury the Spiders (9-3), pushing their home win streak to 28 games, tied for the sixth-longest in school history.
San Diego St. 76, Point Loma Nazarene 49 — Xavier Thames scored 17 points as the No. 18 Aztecs (9-1) won their ninth straight, beating the visiting NAIA Sea Lions, who considered the game an exhibition.
Michigan St. 64, Bowling Green 53 — Gary Harris and Denzel Valentine scored 12 points apiece to boost the No. 20 Spartans (10-2) to a road victory over the Falcons (5-5).
N.C. State 88, Stanford 79 — Lorenzo Brown scored 18 of his season-high 24 points after halftime to help the No. 25 Wolfpack (8-2) drop the far-from-home Cardinal (7-4).
Holy Cross 73, San Francisco 63 — Dave Dudzinski exploded for 31 points on 11-of-16 shooting and grabbed seven rebounds in a cross-country win for the Crusaders (7-4).
The Dons (5-4) got 17 points and 17 rebounds from Cole Dickerson.
Providence 79, Colgate 45 — Bryce Cotton nailed five 3-pointers for a 21-point night as the Friars (8-2) brushed off the Raiders (3-8).
Yale 112, Albertus Magnus 63 — Austin Morgan’s 16 points led five scorers in double digits as the Bulldogs (4-7) handed the Division 3 Falcons (7-1) their first loss in New Haven.
Baylor 76, Tennessee 53 — In Waco, Texas, Brittney Griner had 17 points and 12 rebounds and the third-ranked Lady Bears (9-1) scored the first 17 points of the game, extending their home winning streak to 45 at the expense of the 10th-ranked Lady Volunteers (7-2).