Smith Scores 21, Northeastern Beats Towson 70-59

TOWSON, Md. (AP) — Joel Smith scored 21 points and Northeastern took control with a late first-half run to defeat Towson 70-59 Saturday.

The Huskies (9-7, 4-0 Colonial Athletic Association) trailed 25-13 with 8:16 left in the first half but outscored the Tigers (8-9, 3-1) 26-8 the rest of the way until intermission. Smith scored nine points and Quincy Ford eight during the run.

Towson got to within three, 43-40, early in the second half on Marcus Damas’ 3-pointer, but three consecutive layups by Dinko Marshavelski, who had just re-entered the game, boosted Northeastern’s lead to 49-40 with 13:05 left.

Northeastern is off to its best conference start since winning its first six CAA games in the 2008-09 season. The victory gave coach Bill Coen a 100-106 record with the Huskies.

Jerrelle Benimon led Towson with 17 points and 11 rebounds, Bilal Dixon and Jerome Hairston scored 12 each and Damas had 12 rebounds.

(Copyright 2013 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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