by Matthew MacCormack

For as up-and-down as their non-conference schedule was, the Northeastern men’s basketball started off conference play on a high note, taking down Drexel, 93-83, at Matthews Arena on Friday night to open up 1-0 in Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) play.

Three Husky starters topped twenty points, with redshirt senior point guard Vasa Pusica leading the way with 29 points, five rebounds and four points. Redshirt junior guard Jordan Roland and senior center Anthony Green each added 21 points, combining for 39 in the second half to guide the Huskies (7-6) over .500.

“We got contributions up and down the lineup,” Northeastern Head Coach Bill Coen said after the game.

“It’s gonna take a team effort to work your way through this tough CAA schedule.”

Drexel (6-8) was led by senior guard Troy Harper, who pored in 28 points on 10-11 shooting from the free throw line.

The Huskies took control of the game late in the second half, with an 8-0 run that pushed the lead from three to eleven, giving Northeastern a 79-68 lead with 5:29 to go in the game. A Green dunk was sandwiched between two Roland threes, and the lead never dropped below six from there.

Northeastern will next face Delaware at home on Sunday at 5 p.m. Matt MacCormack and Matt Neiser will be on the call.

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