BOSTON, Massachusetts – In day two of action at the Steve Wright Classic, Maine men’s basketball dropped their third game of the season against Northeastern, 80-72 Sunday afternoon.
Maine is now 1-3 on the season while Northeastern improves to 3-2 on the year.
Northeastern’s TJ Williams had a game high 26 points, shooting 7-of-11 from the field and making 10-of-12 from the free throw line. Williams also had 10 assists in the game.
Wes Myers led all Black Bear scorers with 19 points, shooting 5-for-13 from the field, 2-for-5 from three and making 7-of-8 from the free throw line. Vincent Eze scored 14 points and had nine rebounds, six of them were defensive.
The Black Bears shot 44 percent from the field and 42 percent from the three-point line. Northeastern made 21 of 29 free throws in the game as Maine committed 23 fouls.
Northeastern maintained the lead until midway through the first half, Vincent Eze converted on an and-one to give the Black Bears a 18-16 lead.
Ilija Stojiljkovic knocked down a three to increase the Maine lead 21-16.
The Black Bears held their largest lead of the game, nine points, after Eze hit a layup to give Maine a 27-18 edge.
Northeastern then went on a 10-0 run in three minutes, as the Huskies led 28-27 with 4:33 remaining.
Ilker Er hit a three, seconds later regaining the lead for Maine, 30-28.
After each team traded buckets in the paint, Notheastern’s Devon Begley tied the game with a layup in the paint tying the game 32-32.
The Huskies closed out the half by regaining the lead and carrying a one point advantage into halftime, 37-36.
In the second half, Maine and Northeastern each scored to open the half. The Huskies then proceeded to go on a 10-0 run to take a 50-38 advantage with 15:36 remaining.
Wes Myers then scored three straight layups to trim Northeastern’s lead to single digits, 53-45.
The Black Bears went on a 15-3 run to tie the game 53-53, with 8:24 remaining in the half.
The Huskies quickly scored six points to regain the lead, 59-53, the Black Bears battled back with a 6-0 run of their own to tie the game again after a Danny Evans three, 59-59.
The second half featured a game of runs, as the Huskies rattled off eight straight points with four of them scored by Alex Murphy as they took a 67-59 lead.
Andrew Fleming scored a layup in the paint to cut the lead to 67-61, with 3:21 remaining. After a free throw and a three pointer scored by Northeastern, Vincent Eze scored a layup for the Black Bears, as Northeastern led 71-63 with 2:23 remaining.
TJ Williams then knocked down a pair of free throws giving the Huskies a 10-point lead, 73-63.
Northeastern held an 11-point margin with :03 seconds remaining in the game until Danny Evans hit a three with one second remaining, the Huskies came away victorious 80-72.
The Black Bears return to action tomorrow as they face LIU Brooklyn at 3:00 p.m. in the final day of action at the Steve Wright Classic.