Northeastern 89, Towson 67
BOSTON (AP)—Jose Juan Barea scored 27 points and had 11 assists and Bobby Kelly added 18 points as Northeastern beat Towson 89-67 for its best beginning to a season in more than two decades.
Northeastern (6-1, 2-0 Colonial) led by as many as 26 and forced 20 turnovers to start the season 6-1 for the first time since 1981-82 when current Connecticut coach Jim Calhoun was in charge.
Janon Cole had 14 points and Shawn James had 11 points and eight blocks as the Huskies outscored the Tigers in the paint, 36-26.
Dennard Abraham had 16 points while Tim Crossin and Lawrence Hamm had 15 each for Towson (3-3, 1-1), which lost its 13th consecutive road game and 28th consecutive conference road game.
Northeastern jumped to a 13-0 lead as Kelly scored eight points and Barea added five points and three assists.
Towson came within 13-7 four minutes into the game, but never got closer.
The Huskies led 47-32 at halftime and shot 53 percent for the game, while limiting the Tigers to 39 percent.