|Northeastern wins outright CAA title with OT win over Georgia State||02.27.13 at 9:52 pm ET|
Joel Smith scored seven of his game-high 29 points in overtime to lead Northeastern to a 90-84 victory over Georgia State on Wednesday night in Atlanta, clinching the outright Colonial Athletic Association championship for the Huskies.
With NU leading 83-82 inside the final minute, Smith scored his team’s final seven points — on a 3-pointer and four free throws — as the Huskies held off a stubborn Georgia State squad. Northeastern scored 18 points in OT, with 12 of them coming from the free throw line.
Devonta White (24 points) hit a layup with 1:15 left in regulation that tied the score at 72. NU then missed three 3-pointers in the final minute, while GSU missed two shots and a free throw that could have broken the tie.
David Walker scored 16 points for NU (19-10, 14-3 CAA), which already clinched the No. 1 seed for the CAA tournament. Zach Stahl scored 12 points, while Quincy Ford contributed 11 points and nine assists.
This was the Huskies’ fifth overtime game of the season, and the third in their last six games.
Manny Atkins recorded 26 points and 12 rebounds for GSU (15-16, 10-8).
The league title is the first for the Huskies since they earned a share of the North Atlantic Conference crown in 1993.
NU closes out the regular season on Saturday by hosting Old Dominion before preparing for the CAA tournament at the Richmond (Va.) Coliseum the following weekend.