Northeastern upsets Florida State 76-73
Nov. 19, 2014
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — David Walker scored 22 points as Northeastern defeated Florida State in the second round of the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame Tip-Off Classic.
Quincy Ford finished with 18 points and Scott Eatherton added 16 for the Huskies Tuesday. Walker was one shy of his career high.
"He's just getting better and better," Ford said of Walker.
Aaron Thomas led Florida State with 24 points as Montay Brandon chipped in 16 and Phil Cofer scored 14.
FSU freshman Xavier Rathan-Mayes dribbled into a good look, but missed a 3-pointer as time expired to end the game. Brandon turned over the ball with 40 seconds left on a dribble-drive that left the Seminoles in a three-point hole.
Florida State trailed 40-38 at halftime after a half that didn't have much offensive flow. The Seminoles shot 56.7 percent from the field, but things got choppy after jumping out to an 18-9 lead.
While the FSU offense stalled, the Huskies caught fire from outside. Northeastern hit 7 of 10 3-pointers in the first half and took its first lead after a 16-4 run was capped by a Walker triple from the corner.
Florida State: The Seminoles had trouble guarding the perimeter for the second consecutive game. Manhattan's first seven field goals were 3-pointers in the season-opener, but the Jaspers fell back after the long ball stopped falling through the net. Northeastern shot 70 percent from long range in the first half and 40 percent in the second.
NORTHEASTERN: The Huskies stayed patient on offense throughout the game and never seemed to force shots, even when Florida State made a run. Northeastern shot 53.8 percent from the field and 60 percent from behind the arc.
"We want to go out and challenge ourselves against the best," coach Bill Coen said. "Their defense can be suffocating."
Northeastern hosts Navy on Saturday.
Florida State hosts Providence on Saturday.
Rathan-Mayes made his long-anticipated debut Tuesday. He was the star of the 2013 recruiting class, but missed the season because of academics. Rathan-Mayes was forced to sit out the season opener after participating in an unsanctioned event, according to Hamilton. The combo guard was held scoreless on four shots in 16 minutes and dished out three assists with two turnovers.