William & Mary offense too strong for Northeastern

By: Mike Petillo

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. — Northeastern’s road woes continued Thursday night in Kaplan Arena as NU fell to William & Mary 94-69 in a game where the Tribe led wire-to-wire.  The loss dropped the Huskies to 13-10 (6-5 CAA) on the year and just 1-4 on the road in CAA play.

 A high-scoring first half culminated with a 49-38 William & Mary lead.  Freshman swingman Bolden Brace was the main reason the Huskies were in the game at the half.  Brace knocked down all four of his three point attempts as NU struggled to keep pace with the blistering offensive pace of William and Mary.

For the Tribe, their early attack was led by senior Daniel Dixon who poured in 18 first half points en route to a game-high 28 to pair with seven rebounds and four assists.

After the game, Northeastern head coach Bill Coen had nothing but praise for the senior wing.

“He’s an outstanding player and you could just see he’s got that senior calmness about him,” Coen said.

“He’s not hurried by the shot clock ticking down and he’s got a great internal clock. He’s got a great sense of the moment and has developed a great post game and in between game. He’s got the complete package.”

 Northeastern was able to find consistent offense for a large portion of the game but they struggled to defend the Tribe’s high powered attack, which had scored over 90 points in each of its previous two games.  Northeastern allowed William and Mary to shoot a blistering 64% from the field and 53% from beyond the arc.

For Northeastern, Brace led in the scoring column with a career-high 20 points and  point guard T.J. Williams put in 18 to go with four rebounds and four assists.

Northeastern’s next game is this Saturday February 4th in Harrisonburg,VA when they take on the James Madison Dukes.  Listen live at http://www.wrbbsports.com/listen-live/.

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