By: Matt MacCormack
BOSTON — Northeastern splashed a program record 21 threes and assisted on 29 of its 31 field goals on Saturday night at Matthews Arena to upend Delaware, 90-54, and improve to 3-0 in the Colonial Athletic Association.
The 36-point victory represented the largest margin of victory since Bill Coen became coach in 2006.
The Huskies (10-5) jumped out to a 16-0 lead and never looked back, as an impressive shooting performance — 61% from the floor, 64% from three — and a stingy 2-3 defense gave the Blue Hens (7-9) fits all evening long. The lead ballooned to as large as 42 points midway through the second half.
Senior point guard T.J. Williams led the way with 18 points and a career-high 11 assists. Freshman Shawn Occeus added 17 points on 5-8 shooting from deep, and senior Jimmy Marshall had a season-high nine points, all by way of the three-ball.
One dark spot was the free-throw shooting, as Coen’s squad hit just seven of 19 (37%) from the charity stripe.
“Maybe we’ll start shooting our free throws from three,” Coen joked post-game.
After winning the first leg of a three-game home stand, the Huskies welcome James Madison into Matthews Arena on Saturday night. Tip-off is slated for 7 p.m., and Jeremy Leopold and Matthew MacCormack will be on the call.