Over the last several years, when it comes to men’s basketball, the Colonial Athletic Association has usually been dominated by a different program. First, George Mason made a miraculous run to the Final Four in 2006. Then, Virginia Commonwealth took of the reigns as the prominent team in the conference, making their own run to the Final Four in 2011. Last season, the Drexel Dragons went 29-6, dominating the CAA, but were ultimately snubbed by the NCAA Selection Committee of an invite to the Big Dance.
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VCU has since fled to the Atlantic 10 for bigger and brighter lights and Drexel has struggled with injuries and total team production this season. Mason has also shown inept at times on offense when Sherrod Wright isn’t making shots this year.
Well, on Thursday, the Northeastern Huskies defeated the GMU in the Patriot Center and beat Drexel in Philadelphia on Tuesday night.
The Huskies (8-7, 3-0) have now won their first three CAA games for the second time in school history, the other coming in 2008-2009.
In the Daskalakis Athletic Center, Northeastern triumphantly defeated the Dragons in overtime. Drexel (5-10, 1-2) held a three-point lead as Northeastern came down the floor looking to tie up the game. After the play collapsed, sophomore forward Quincy Ford leaped into the air, double-clutched and launched a three-pointer from the right wing. As it scorched the net, the game was sent into overtime.
With another impressive road win under their belt, the Huskies now are in sole possession of first place in the conference. They’ve done so with stingy defense, three-point shooting and an overall well-balanced offensive attack. In a league that looked to full of parity, maybe Northeastern is starting to separate themselves from the rest of the pack.
Ford’s buzzer-beater was even the number one play on SportsCenter’s Top 10 Tuesday night. But, for the Huskies, who flew home from Philadelphia International Airport hours after the triumphant win have more work to do.
On Saturday, they face Jerrelle Benimon and the Towson Tigers in Maryland before playing 4 of their next 6 games at home.
Jake Fischer is the CAA Correspondent for Rant Sports-NCAA Basketball. Make sure to follow Jake on Twitter @JakeLFischer.