Joel Smith scored 29 points as Northeastern blew a big lead but outlasted William & Mary 95-91 in double overtime Wednesday in a Colonial Athletic Association game in Boston. Jonathan Lee added 19 points and David Walker had 17 for the Huskies (12-7, 7-0 CAA), who are now off to their best start ever in league play. The Tribe (7-11, 1-6) lost for the eighth game in a row. Tim Rusthoven had 25 points and 11 rebounds for William & Mary, while all-CAA guard Marcus Thornton had 23 points after a slow start. Brandon Britt (12 points) made two free throws with 4:24 to go in the first overtime to give the Tribe a 70-68 lead. Rusthoven gave the Tribe the lead again at 72-70 with a basket with 3:34 to go. However, Smith hit made a basket and free throw as the Huskies came back to force a second extra session. The Huskies led 51-39 midway through the second half before William & Mary cut the lead to 55-52 on a basket by Kyle Gaillard (13 points). But a basket by Quincy Ford, the co-player of the week in the CAA, gave Northeastern a 60-55 lead with 5:55 to go. The Tribe cut the lead to 63-62, but Northeastern made it 66-62 with a free throw by Zach Stahl with 2:10 to play. Stahl missed a layup that would have made it 68-64, and the Tribe came back to tie the game at 68. Northeastern inbounded the ball with 10.7 left in regulation but missed a shot in the final seconds to force the first overtime. The Tribe was coming off a Saturday loss to Drexel while Northeastern won at Delaware on Saturday. "Consistency has been a problem with this team since Christmas," Tribe coach Tony Shaver said Tuesday. "We have to find a way to play a full 40 minutes." On Wednesday, even 50 minutes was not good enough to break the losing streak. NOTES: William & Mary hosts Towson on Saturday, while the Huskies host George Mason on Sunday .... The Tribe has never won in Boston in a series that is tied at 6-6 ... The Tribe began the season with three wins a row, then lost three, then won four and have now lost eight in a row.
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