After a taxing non-league slate, the Northeastern Huskies opened the CAA play with a tough scrabble 62-53 loss to Stony Brook on Thursday evening at Matthews Arena.
The Huskies fell to 5-9 general, 0-1 within the league and 13-6 in CAA openers. NU will resume convention play on Saturday evening at Monmouth. The Seawolves improved to 8-6 and 1-0.
Northeastern shot 33.3% from the ground and a dismal 4-of-18 from behind the arc. Graduate ahead Chris Doherty notched a double double with 15 factors and 12 rebounds whereas sophomore guard Masai Troutman netted 16.
Stony Brook shot 37.5% from the ground with 5 treys, 41 boards and 7 assists. Guard Tyler Stephenson-Moore led the Seawolves with 21 factors.
“I thought we started the game pretty good, got off to a good start and got the lead, but as the game wore on, we kind of sputtered,” mentioned NU head coach Bill Coen. “It was more our offense that let us down.”
Coen, the longest tenured head coach within the convention, had his push for the CAA mixed common season and event profession wins document quickly placed on maintain. Coen has 181 league wins, two shy of the document set by Jim Larranaga at George Mason from 1998-2011.
Coen has received 275 video games since taking up this system on Huntington Avenue in 2006, nicely past the outdated document of 250 set by Jim Calhoun from 1972-86. The Huskies have been to the CAA title sport a league-best 5 occasions with two convention championships on Coen’s watch.
“It’s hard to win one in this league,” mentioned Coen. “There are lots of actually good coaches on this league and good gamers and evening in and evening out it’s important to compete.
“I thought we competed tonight but it was more our execution. We will get back on the floor and regroup and get ready for Monmouth.”
With the sport tied 4-4, NU went on an 11-2 run fueled by the Huskies’ dominance on the defensive glass. Troutman bought the Huskies rolling on a observe and Harold Woods put NU up 15-6, compelling Stony Brook coach Geno Ford to burn a timeout. The Seawolves regrouped and ripped off six straight to make it 15-12 into the third media timeout.
Troutman scored six straight to present the Huskies a 21-14 lead with 2:25 to play. The Seawolves outscored NU 10-2 down the stretch to take a 24-23 lead into the half.
“You could see they were gaining momentum and establishing their identity,” mentioned Coen. “They have really good guards in a four-guard rotation with their style of play. They took away our two-point game and forced us into a three-point game.”
Stony Brook opened the second half with a flurry and took a 37-31 lead on a layup and a free throw by ahead Chris Maidoh with 13:46 to play. The Seawolves prolonged the run and took a 42-34 lead on Stephenson-Moore’s second trey with 12:39 to play. The Seawolves led by 14 with 8:13 to play.