WMU trailed by 16 points with five minutes to play but went on a 17-8 run to slash the lead, pulling to within six points with under a minute to go after Austin Richie made a three pointer with 55 seconds remaining to make it 75-69. The Huskies held them off, however, scoring six points after that to close out the victory.
The Broncos began cutting into the Huskies’ lead in earnest midway through the second half, with Haymond pulling the team to a single-digit deficit with a pair of free throw makes at the 15:50 mark of the period.
David Brown scored two of his 10 points on the team’s next trip down the floor to make it 45-38, and Haymond hit a running lay-up with 14:22 remaining to keep the gap at just seven points. Thomas Wilder pulled the Broncos as close they would get for the rest of the game with a spinning jumper in the lane, making it 53-47 with 12:05 to go. Northeastern, however, responded with a 14-4 run to take a 67-51 advantage with 6:13 remaining in the game.
Haymond drilled a three-pointer with 3:43 remaining to jumpstart the Broncos’ last gasp effort to come back, making it 67-57. Richie drained one less than a minute later to make it just an eight-point game with 2:41 left. Richie then hit two more treys down the stretch, cutting it to 73-66 with 1:26 remaining and 75-69 with 55 ticks left, but the Huskies held WMU off and scored six straight to finish the game.
Northeastern jumped on the Broncos early, opening on a 5-0 run and never again surrendering the lead. Richie’s first three-pointer of the game cut the lead to 5-3, but the Huskies eventually built up to a 22-10 lead in the half. Tava pulled the Broncos to within nine points with 7:56 to go in the period, and again with a jumper in the paint at the 3:35 mark to make it 28-19, but Northeastern eventually entered the break with a 10-point advantage after a three-pointer by David Walker with 22 seconds remaining.
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