BOSTON, Mass. – Northeastern used a 12-2 run midway through the second half to take the lead for good and went on to defeat Delaware, 76-64, Saturday afternoon at Matthews Arena.

The Huskies (13-7, 6-2 CAA) won their third consecutive game, while Delaware (11-10, 4-4 CAA) dropped its second in a row.

Donnell Gresham led Northeastern with 17 points while Vasa Pusica added 16 for Northeastern, which shot 66.7 percent in the second half.

Blue Hen guards Ryan Daly and Ryan Allen each scored 16 points to lead Delaware, while Anthony Mosley contributed 13 and Skye Johnson chipped in nine.

Both teams struggled from the field in a tight opening first half that featured 14 lead changes. Neither squad led by more than four points in the opening stanza, while a Daly three-pointer from the left corner in the final seconds gave Delaware a 31-28 halftime lead.

Northeastern scored the first six points of the second half to take a 34-31 lead and eventually went up six before the Blue Hens answered with a 9-2 run, going back in front 42-41 on a Daly three-pointer at the 14-minute mark.

However the Huskies countered with eight straight points of their own, taking a 49-42 lead with 11 minutes to play. Daly ended the spurt with a leaner in the lane, but two more Huskies baskets extended the margin to 53-44 with 9:24 left.

Delaware closed within 53-49 after a Mosley jumper, but the Huskies then scored seven straight to go up 60-49 with 6:19 to play. Allen hit a three-pointer and then found Mosley for a layup to bring the Blue Hens within 60-55 with 4:12 left, before NU answered with five straight points to go back up double digits and put the game away.

HEAD COACH MARTIN INGELSBY
“I’m happy with how we battled today, bouncing back from a tough loss on Thursday. I thought we played really well in the first half, but we didn’t fight or scrap as hard in the second half as we needed to win. We got down big but battled back to make it a two-possession game, but then committed some costly turnovers. And credit Northeastern, they made some big shots in the second half.”


HEN SCRATCHINGS
• Northeastern improved to 7-1 at home this year
• Daly reached double figures for the 19th straight game
• Allen has scored in double digits in 14 of the last 16 contests
• The Huskies held a 39-31 rebounding advantage
• Delaware still leads the all-time series, 28-25
• UD opens a three-game homestand on Thursday vs. the College of Charleston

UPCOMING SCHEDULE
Delaware vs. *Charleston – January 25, 2018 (7 p.m.)
Delaware vs. *Hofstra – January 27, 2018 (7 p.m.)
Delaware vs. *Towson – February 1, 2018 (7 p.m.)

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