Junior guard Jose Juan Barea led all scorers with 26 points as the Huskies tied a school record with 14 three-pointers in defeating New Hampshire, 88-65, in front of 1,491 fans Thursday night at Solomon Court.
The win keeps Northeastern tied for second place in America East Binghamton will clinch the No. 2 seed in the America East tournament for the Huskies. An NU win over Albany in the regular-season finale on Sunday or a BU loss to Albany would clinch the No. 2 in the America East tournament for the Huskies.
NU (18-8, 14-3 America East) dominated the game early, going on a 12-0 run on a flurry of three-pointers. Senior guard Marcus Barnes hit a shot from downtown at 17:14 to break a 6-6 tie. He hit another three to make it 12-6, and sophomore guard Bobby Kelly followed him with a trey to give NU a 15-6 lead. Barnes capped the run with a shot from beyond the arc at 14:41, making it 18-6.
NU took off from there, building up a 31-point lead, 45-14, after sophomore guard Adrian Martinez hit a three-pointer at 3:03. The Huskies held a 49-24 advantage at halftime.
Northeastern did not relent in the second half, building up a 34-point lead, 75-41, after freshman forward Janon Cole threw down a dunk with 12:30 to play.
In addition to his 26 points, Barea dished out seven assists. Barnes made six three-pointers, tying his season high. He scored 21 points overall. Cole chipped in with 10 points.
Ben Sturgill led the Wildcats (8-18, 4-13) with 14 points. Blagov Janev added 13.
The Huskies capitalized on UNH's many mistakes, scoring 26 points off of 19 Wildcat turnovers.