Northeastern cruises to 90-54 win over UD in men’s basketball

BOSTON — Northeastern jumped out to a 25-point less than eight minutes into the game and knocked down 21 three-pointers as the Huskies cruised to a 90-54 Colonial Athletic Association men’s basketball victory over the University of Delaware Thursday night at Matthews Arena.

Northeastern, which won its sixth consecutive game while improving to 10-5 overall and 3-0 in league play, shot 60.8 percent during the contest and went 21 of 33 from behind the arc, the most three-pointers Delaware has allowed in school history.

T.J. Williams, the leading scorer in the CAA, led the Huskies with 18 points, while Shawn Occeus added a season-high 17 points and drilled five triples. Bolden Brace also hit five three-pointers, finishing with a season-best 15 points and a game-high eight rebounds.

Delaware, which dropped its third straight contest, fell to 7-9 overall and 0-3 in the conference. Cazmon Hayes paced the Blue Hens with 13 points, while Skye Johnson added 12 on 5 of 6 shooting from the floor. Devonne Pinkard contributed nine points and seven boards, while Ryan Daly and Chivarsky Corbett each chipped in eight points.

“I’m really disappointed in our effort tonight, we were not ready to compete,” first-year Blue Hen head coach Martin Ingelsby said. “Northeastern is a good, experienced team and they played great and we played poorly. I challenged our older guys, we have to be better, we have to be poised, and we have to be focused. Northeastern was toying with us at the offensive end and at some point you have to have some pride.”

Northeastern wasted little time in taking control, hitting 4 of their first 5 three-point attempts and jumping out to a 16-0 lead less than five minutes into the game.

Hayes put the Blue Hens on the board with a layup but the Huskies answered by scoring the next 11 points, going in front 27-2 with 12:17 left in the opening half.

The Huskies steadily increased their lead, eventually taking a 40-point halftime advantage at 58-18 after Sajon Ford converted a layup in the final seconds.

Northeastern shot 64.5 percent in the opening half and knocked down 14 of 18 three-point attempts, while Delaware was just 7 of 27 during the first period and hit only 3 of 9 foul shots.

The Blue Hens outscored Northeastern 36-32 in the second half, but never got the margin below 34 during the final period.

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