The Northeastern Huskies’ road victory over Towson, 70-59, on Saturday was not only an impressive statement win that gave them sole possession of the first place in the Colonial Athletic Association thus far in the 2012-2013 season – it was also the 100th career victory for head coach Bill Coen at the helm of the Huskies program.
Coen, who joined Northeastern in 2006, is leading the Huskies for the seventh-straight season, has grown to be one of the top coaches in the CAA. This season, he’s implemented a very unique and effective game plan that has primarily featured four guards and one forward that forced a lot of turnovers, and moved the ball exceptionally well on offense.
Fortunately for the head coach, he has the talent to do so. And, his bevy of talented guards truly shined in their statement win down in Towson, Maryland. Against the Tigers, his starters Jonathan Lee, Joel Smith and Quincy Ford combined for 38 points, 10 assists, 10 rebounds and 5 steals.
As an overall team, the Huskies (9-7, 4-0) also had seven players score 6 points or more in the contest en route to their 70-point total over Towson (8-9, 3-1).
Northeastern also used tremendous defense in their victory. Entering the matchup, a big storyline was whether Northeastern could force enough turnovers to quell Towson’s ferocious rebounding attack. Fortunately for Coen, despite losing the battle of the boards 33-23 and yielding 11 offensive rebounds, the Huskies were able to force an outstanding 19 Tiger turnovers. Northeastern’s 9 team steals largely came off a tenacious full-court press that was headed by freshman guard David Walker.
Now, the Huskies are off to a 4-0 start CAA play for the first time since 2008-2009, and will look to make it 5-0 when they host the struggling Hofstra Pride in historic Matthews Arena on Wednesday.
Jake Fischer is the CAA Correspondent for Rant Sports-NCAA Basketball. Make sure to follow Jake on Twitter @JakeLFischer.