Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 2/6/14
Finding consistent production outside of Colonial Athletic Association Player of the Year candidate Scott Eatherton has been an issue so far this season for Bill Coen’s Northeastern squad, but last night the Huskies had true scoring balance to earn a nice victory. With six players in double-figures, the Huskies avoided a three-game losing streak and climbed back to .500 in CAA play with an 81-73 victory over Hofstra at Matthews Arena. David Walker scored 10 of his 15 points in the second half and Reggie Spencer, who made his second appearance after missing three straight games in January with a hip flexor injury, had 15 off the bench to lead the Huskies in scoring. Eatherton recorded his NCAA-leading 15th double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds. Northeastern improved to 8-16, 5-5 in the CAA, with its first win in two weeks. Dion Nesmith had a game-high 20 points for Hofstra (7-17, 3-6). “We talked about it as a team on how we need to play, and certainly the way we shared the ball and moved the ball I thought was the difference in the game,” Coen said. Getting Spencer back has been a major plus for Coen. He injured himself in the final moments of the Jan. 18 loss to Delaware and missed the next three games. His presence was felt when he came off the bench in the first half and ran the floor to beat the Pride big-men up the floor consistently. Spencer scored seven straight points with the Huskies trailing 22-19, and capped off an 11-0 run with his ninth point in the run for a 30-22 lead with 2:42 to go in the first half. The Huskies converted on seven of their final 10 field goal attempts to take a 35-29 lead into halftime, and Spencer had a team-leading 11 points. “Most of (the points) came from running the floor hard,” said Spencer, who played in 16 minutes in the Huskies’ loss to Delaware last week. “My coaches told me before the game to play hard, run hard and it will just come to you. That’s what I tried to do.” The Pride continued to chip away any time Northeastern tried to mount a run in the second half, but the Huskies were always able to keep their conference foes just far enough at bay. Jimmy Marshall made a guest appearance off NU’s bench with a corner 3-pointer to take a two-point lead seven minutes into the second half, but Zeke Upshaw came right back with a trey of his own to give Hofstra its first lead since the first half.
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