Northeastern Wins CAA Championship, Will Dance

Northeastern Hoists the CAA Trophy - photo by Scott Zolotorow

Northeastern Hoists the CAA Trophy – photo by Scott Zolotorow

A speckle of red was on hand for the Huskies first CAA Tournament championship win since 1991, as Northeastern withstood an incredible comeback from┬átop-seeded William & Mary to win 72-61. Northeastern’s Quincy Ford was unstoppable, putting on a show from deep for the Baltimore crowd and rightfully being named the tournament’s MVP.

With five minutes left Northeastern was up more than 20 points and it seemed like the Huskies were going to run away with this one, but Marcus Thornton and his Tribe went on a 16-0 run in just under three minutes, scaring the life out of the Northeastern faithful and bringing a glimmer of hope for the Tribe supporters. But in the end it was the near perfect Ford who stole the show away from CAA regular season MVP Thornton and his Tribe. Ford finished with 22 points on 8-10 shooting and 4-5 from three.

The Huskies were lights out from behind the arc, finishing an unbelievable 12-20 from deep. Caleb Donnelly was 4 of 6 in that department on his way to 13 points. David Walker finished with 15 and knocked in three deep ones himself. Scott Eatherton played his usual role of dominating the paint scoring 12 on 5-6 and grabbing five boards. But the fantastic play of Zach Stahl can’t be overlooked. Stahl was everywhere the Huskies needed him to be. He may have only finished with five points, but tallied 5 assists and a game-high 10 rebounds.

Marcus Thornton struggled to get looks throughout the first 35 minutes as he was just 5-11 with five minutes left. But the crazy run that he put on at the end showed why he was the regular season MVP. He finished with a team-high 20 points on 8-17 shooting. But he didn’t have much help as The Tribe’s other star player. Omar Prewitt had an off night, finishing with just four points on 1-8.

For the Tribe, they will have to wait at least one more year to get a shot at the NCAA Tournament, something the school has never done. But those who witnessed the tournament in Baltimore will never forget the show that Thornton and Prewitt put on in the thrilling double-overtime, semifinal win over Hofstra, when they combined for 70 of the team’s 92 points.

For the Huskies, they will sit around together on Sunday and await their matchup, but what is important is that they will have one.

Scott Zolotorow