Cougars Fall To Northeastern, 60-44
Photo Credit: Leeron Ofer / CofC Athletics Communications
CofC Athletics Communications
CHARLESTON, S.C. – Scott Eatherton scored a game-high 22 points and 10 rebounds as Northeastern pulled away from College of Charleston late to claim a 60-44 road victory on Saturday night at TD Arena.
The Cougars (13-14, 5-7 CAA) shot a season-low 29.6 percent from the field, while Northeastern (9-18, 6-7 CAA) shot over 50 percent in the second half to expand the margin.
College of Charleston seemed poised to make a final run after a three-pointer from junior Anthony Stitt (Charlotte, N.C.) and layup from Adjehi Baru (Abidjan, Ivory Coast) cut the score to 36-31 at the 8:32 minute mark. However, Northeastern scored 11 unanswered points to go up 47-31 with 5:42 remaining in regulation.
Freshman Joe Chealey (Orlando, Fla.) led the way for the Cougars with 11 points, two rebounds and two blocks. Redshirt freshman Canyon Barry (Colorado Springs, Colo.) scored 10 points, while Baru and graduate senior Willis Hall (Charlotte, N.C.) each grabbed nine rebounds and tallied eight points.
Eatherton shot 9-of-13 from the field, while Reggie Spencer contributed 15 points and David Walker added 10 for Northeastern.
Northeastern jumped out to a 13-2 lead to start the game after back-to-back three-pointers from Eatherton. CofC’s defense began to lock down and an aggressive attack to the basket allowed the Cougars’ shooters to get to the free throw line. CofC hit 5-of-6 first-half free throws, including four right before the half that made it 22-18 at the intermission.
Although Hall hit a quick layup to start the second half of play, Charleston could never draw even with the Huskies. Northeastern’s lead hovered around eight points for most of the half until Stitt’s three and Baru’s layup.
An 11-0 run by the Huskies was sparked by a three from Walker and interior scoring from Spencer. Chealey converted a three-point play to cut the score to 55-44 with 1:40 left, but it was not enough to mount a comeback for the Cougars.
College of Charleston concludes its three-game homestand with a rematch versus William & Mary (15-9, 7-4 CAA) on Wednesday, Feb. 19 at 7 p.m. (ET). The game will be televised live regionally on CSS.
· For the ninth time this season and ninth consecutive game, the Cougars used the starting lineup of junior guard Anthony Stitt, senior combo guard Nori Johnson, senior small forward Anthony Thomas, graduate senior forward Willis Hall and junior forward Adjehi Baru (3-6).
· With the road win, Northeastern avoided the regular-season series sweep and evens the all-time series to 1-1 with College of Charleston.
· Redshirt freshman Canyon Barry, in his fourth contest since missing eight games of the season with an injury to his finger on his shooting (right) hand, extended his double-digit scoring streak to three games with 10 points in 24 minutes off the bench.
· Freshman Joe Chealey registered a team-high 11 points, including 10 in the second half of play against Northeastern. It was his second double-figure scoring game of the season against a CAA opponent next to a league season-high 12 versus James Madison in the league opener on Jan. 7.
· Willis Hall grabbed a team-high tying nine rebounds as he became one of only seven players in program history to have recorded 800 career rebounds with 801 to date which ranks seventh all-time.
· Adjehi Baru also brought down nine boards to move him past former CofC standout Jeremy Simmons (2007-11 – 681) for 12th all-time on CofC’s career-rebounding list (689).
· CofC shot a season-low 29.6 percent from the floor (16-of-54) and was held to a season-low 44 points. The squad was also outrebounded for the first time in eight consecutive games, 34-31 (-3).
· The Cougars, however, shot their second-best free-throw percentage of the season going 9-for-10 from the line (90%) behind a season-best 92.9 percent (13-for-14) at Old Dominion on Dec. 18 and 90 percent (9-for-10) against UNC Asheville on Nov. 15.
College of Charleston Head Coach Doug Wojcik
On the loss …
“It was a really tough game for us. As a coaching staff, before we talked to the team after the game, we felt like the missed shots early, just deflated us. We had a great win against Drexel on Thursday, but we’ve put so much pressure on ourselves, because we missed so many shots, particularly two-point shots. We lost a lot of confidence, which deflated the attitude. We kept encouraging them and sent in different combinations to see if we could get something going. The one place we don’t have a lot of flexibility is at the 4 and the 5 position. I thought Northeastern’s kids did a great job. (Scott) Eatherton. You could see why he is a first team all-league player, and Reggie Spencer, really hurt us at the 4 and 5 positions. We don’t have a lot of depth there. Once again, it was a really tough loss. It was hard to watch for our fans and hard to watch for us. It was one of those tough nights. We went 16-of-54 from the field, shooting 29 percent. We shot 3-of-18 from three for 16.7 percent. I have no problems with our defense minus the fact that Eatherton was a better player tonight than anyone we had on the floor. But, our struggles are certainly offensive. I give them credit. They played hard and have been on the road for five days. We just missed a lot of shots tonight.”
College of Charleston Graduate Senior Forward Willis Hall
On the team struggling offensively against Northeastern …
“I honestly felt like we were in a position to score. We had great looks at the basket, especially guys like me and Adjehi (Baru). We didn’t convert when we needed to, whether that was my walk in the second half or when we missed a tip-in, early in the first half. Times like those, they have to go in. Those shots have to go our way, because we make them go our way. I honestly feel that that is what we didn’t do tonight.”
College of Charleston Redshirt Freshman Guard Canyon Barry
On how the team responds when the shots are not falling …
“I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, ‘you have to keep shooting.’ We’ve had some struggles offensively, but there is no one I trust more to fix it than Coach (Wojcik). I know he watches more tape than anyone and he is going to get us through our offensive struggles, even if it involves us changing our offense or putting people in better positions. He’s always done that throughout the season. But, we have to make shots, it comes down to that.”