Northeastern rallies from 24-point deficit, wins on Jonathan Lee layup
|03.10.13 at 5:06 pm ET|
Jonathan Lee hit a driving layup with three seconds remaining and Northeastern completed a comeback from a 24-point deficit to take a 69-67 victory over George Mason in the semifinals of the Colonial Athletic Association Tournament on Sunday afternoon in Richmond, Va.
The Huskies (20-11) are one win away from securing their first NCAA tournament berth since 1991. On Monday night, they will play the winner of Sunday’s second semifinal between Delaware and James Madison.
NU closed Sunday’s game on an 8-0 run. Quincy Ford tied it with just under a minute left on a layup and then came up with a steal under the basket at the other end with 30 seconds left. Lee then beat his man off the dribble on the right side and hit a tough layup with his left hand.
Lee hit 5-of-7 shots and finished with 14 points, tied for team-high honors with Joel Smith. Demetrius Pollard came off the bench to score 13 points in 15 minutes.
Bryon Allen scored 10 points for George Mason (18-14), which scored the game’s first 13 points and led 28-4 with 4½ minutes remaining in the first half. NU finished the period on a 15-3 run, with eight of the points coming from Pollard, to make the score 31-19 at the break.
The Huskies continued to surge, opening the second half on a 14-2 run to tie score at 33 on a Smith layup. George Mason responded taking a seven-point lead at 44-37 on a Paris Bennett layup. Back came NU, finally grabbing the lead at 52-51 with 8:29 left on a Smith 3-pointer. George Mason again answered, taking a six-point lead with 2:54 left on a Jonathan Arledge layup. NU then scored the game’s final eight points, starting with two free throws each from Lee and Ford.