Jan 4, 2013, 11:36 AM EDT
Northeastern made it a 4-0 week for road teams in CAA play when it rallied past George Mason, 84-74, on Thursday. It was the Patriots’ first home CAA loss since Feb. 27, 2010 – when they also fell to NU – and ended an 18-game winning streak vs. league foes at the Patriot Center.
The Huskies trailed by seven at the break, but scored 54 second-half points on 64.3% FG shooting, including 6-of-9 from three-point range. The 54-point performance was the third-best ever by NU in a half against a CAA opponent.
NU senior guard Jonathan Lee tallied a team-high 20 points at Mason and is averaging 16.3 ppg in his four games since returning from a preseason foot injury. Forward Quincy Ford added 18 points, which was his fourth straight game in double digits.
Freshman Zach Stahl poured in all of his career-high 15 points in the second half to lead the rally at Mason. He was 5-of-8 from the floor, including 2-of-2 from 3-point range. Fellow rookie David Walker dished out a career-high six assists.
Mason got a team-high 19 points from junior Sherrod Wright, who fell just a point shy of reaching the 20-point mark for the fifth straight game. Wright leads the CAA in 3-point FG percentage and is among the league’s top five in scoring and FG percentage.
Junior Vertrail Vaughns came off the bench to score a season-high 13 points. Sophomore point guard Corey Edwards scored eight points, handed out a career-high seven assists and didn’t commit a turnover.
Five conference games on the schedule for Saturday. Delaware opens CAA play at Old Dominion in a Noon game televised by Comcast SportsNet (Mid-Atlantic, Philadelphia and New England) and CSS. UNCW travels to Northeastern in a 1 p.m. tip.
William & Mary entertains George Mason in a 2 p.m. contest televised by Comcast SportsNet (Mid-Atlantic, Philadelphia and New England) and CSS. Also at 2 p.m., Georgia State hosts James Madison.
In a matchup of unbeaten CAA squads, Towson visits Drexel at 4 p.m. The Dragons have won 17 consecutive CAA regular-season games and can tie the league record set by George Mason a year ago with a victory. The Tigers have captured their last two road contests.
Hofstra is the only CAA team with Saturday off. The Pride hosts Georgia State on Monday to start CAA play.
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