Oakland, Mich. 67, Northeastern 52
PITTSBURGH (AP)—Johnathon Jones hit a rally-ending 3-pointer with 4 1/2 minutes remaining while scoring 13 of his 15 points in the second half and Oakland beat Northeastern 67-52 Saturday in a round-robin game of the Colonial Athletic Association Classic.
Shawn Hopes scored 17 points, Erik Kangas had 11 and Patrick McCloskey came off the bench to get a game-high 11 rebounds as Oakland improved to 3-1. Northeastern (0-3) remained winless despite Bennet Davis’ 21 points and Bobby Kelly’s 18.
Oakland led by 14 points midway through the second half, but the Huskies rallied to get within four points at 51-47 on Kelly’s 3-pointer with 5:47 remaining. But Brandon Cassise hit two free throws on Oakland’s next possession, and Jones followed that with the 3-pointer that put Oakland up by nine at 56-47 and effectively closed out the Huskies.
Eugene Spates, who led Northeastern with 19 points in its 78-52 loss Friday to No. 4 Pittsburgh, missed all eight of his shots plus two free throws and went scoreless before fouling out.
The 6-foot-8 McCloskey’s rebounding was a key as the smaller Huskies had no player with more than five rebounds.
Northeastern meets Massachusetts on Sunday while Oakland takes on Pittsburgh as each team plays its third game in three days on Pitt’s home court.