Men’s Basketball Closes Gap, Falls to Northeastern
DAVIDSON — Grant Huffman scored a career-high 18 points to lead the Davidson Wildcats in a 73-70 loss to Northeastern in the final non-conference matchup of the season Wednesday afternoon in Belk Arena.
With the loss, the Wildcats fall to 7-5, while the Huskies move to 4-7.
Northeastern led most of the way, while Huffman was the catalyst for Davidson, which got its first lead, 58-57, on a Huffman layup with 6:31 to play. From there, a back-and-forth contest ensued with five lead changes and three ties.
Ultimately, the Huskies pulled ahead by three on a Jahmyl Telfort runner and Jared Turner free throw. Davidson had a chance to tie it at the buzzer, but Sam Mennenga’s 3-point shot from the top of the key missed the mark.
Huffman’s previous high was 17 points at College of Charleston earlier this year. Foster Loyer finished with 16 points, and David Skogman led the effort off the bench with 11 points and nine rebounds. Mennenga added nine points and 10 boards.
Telfort led Northeastern’s four double-digit scorers with 20 points.
Northeastern started fast, jumping out to a 14-4 advantage and led by as many as 11 in the opening 20 minutes. The Wildcats got to within one on separate occasions in the period, but the Huskies used another run late to stretch the margin back to double digits at the half, 42-32.
Huffman keyed an 11-2 run early in the second to get Davidson within two points.
Davidson will break for the Christmas holiday before opening Atlantic 10 play Dec. 28 at Fordham.