Nov. 21, 2009
BOSTON, Mass. - Northeastern rallied from an 11-point second half deficit to defeat Utah State, 64-61, here Saturday afternoon. USU, who has led at the half of all three of its games this year, falls to 1-2 on the season with the loss and Northeastern improves to 1-1 with the win.
Utah State has now lost back-to-back games for the first time since the end of the 2007-08 season, a span of 38 games, and for just the 14 time in the last 11 years.
Junior forward Tai Wesley led Utah State with 16 points and four rebounds, while fellow junior forward Nate Bendall scored a career-high 15 points to go along with nine boards. Junior guard Tyler Newbold added 10 points, while junior guard Jared Quayle had six points and 10 rebounds for his fifth career double-figure rebounding game including his second straight.
Matt Janning had 14 points to lead Northeastern, while Nkem Ojougboh had 13 points and nine rebounds.
Utah State began the game with a 19-4 run as Wesley scored the first six points for USU followed by a three-pointer from Quayle. USU then got baskets from junior forward Matt Formisano and Wesley, along with a pair of three-pointers from sophomore guard Jaxon Myaer for the early lead.
Utah State led 24-11 with 8:45 to play when Northeastern went on a 10-4 run to get within seven. The Huskies later cut the lead to four at 32-28 on a free throw before Newbold hit a jumper at the top of the key to make it 34-28 at the half.
Wesley had 12 points to lead Utah State in the first half as it shot 42.4 percent from the field (14-33) and 50.0 percent from three-point range (4-8). Janning had nine first half points for Northeastern as it shot 37.5 percent (9-24) overall and 28.6 percent from behind the arc (72.7).
Following a dunk from Janning to start the second half, Utah State scored seven straight points to extend its lead to 41-30. NU then went on a 14-2 run over the next seven-plus minutes to take its first lead of the game at 44-43. The Huskies extended its margin to six at 53-47 before USU went on an 8-2 run to tie it at 55-55 with 3:53 to play. With the game tied at 58-58, Northeastern hit four consecutive free throws following back-to-back turnovers from Utah State and went on for the three-point win.
Utah State finished the game shooting a season-low 40.4 percent from the field (23-57), but did make 43.8 percent of its three-pointers (7-16) and 80.0 percent of its free throws (8-10). Northeaster shot 42.9 percent overall (21-49) and 79.2 percent from the free throw line (19-24). NU was just 3-of-14 (.214) behind the arc.
Utah State will return home and begin a season-long five-game homestand against Idaho State on Tuesday, Nov. 24 at 7 p.m.
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