Northeastern 91, New Hampshire 70
DURHAM, N.H. (AP) _ Northeastern took advantage of a key New Hampshire injury and used a balanced attack to upset the Wildcats 91-70 Monday night and advance to the final of the North Atlantic Conference playoffs.
The Huskies play at Drexel on Wednesday night for the conference title and the automatic bid to the NCAA tournament. Drexel Beat Boston U. 62-53.
Northeastern (18-10), which lost twice to New Hampshire during the regular season and was 5-22 last year, broke an 18-all tie with seven straight points from four players. By half time the lead reached 42-33.
Damon Singletary, who had 17 points, opened the second half with two 3-pointers and Lonnie Harrell, who had 16, had one for a 53-37 spread.
New Hampshire (19-9) got within 75-65 before Northeastern closed with a flourish.
New Hampshire started the game without the league’s top scorer, 6-8 center Scott Drapeau, who sprained a knee in Saturday’s quarter-final. He came off the bench and limped through 24 minutes, but scored only four points and had only seven rebounds as Northeastern dominated the boards 54-41.
Northeastern, whose five starters averaged 12 or more points a game, did it again as Rah-Shun Roberts had 18, Ben Harlee 13 and Dan Callahan 11.
Harrell had 13 rebounds and Callahan 12.
Matt Alosa had 23 points and Eric Montanari 17 for UNH, which shot only 40 percent from the field and 56 percent from the free throw line. UNH hit only four of 21 3-pointers, while Northeastern hit 10 of 21.