Tremendous game at Northeastern Wednesday night as the Huskies clinched a tie for the CAA regular-season title by beating James Madison 66-64 on a late field goal by freshman David Walker. It’s the first conference title for Northeastern in 22 years. Walker is just the type of kid Northeastern coach Bill Coen comes up with when he’s recruiting. He seems to assemble a roster of players from unusual and diverse places that may not seem to fit a stereotypical position and then he turns them into a team.
“We have guys who are good basketball players,’’ Coen said after that game. “They may not have a position but they know how to play basketball.’’
Walker is 6-6 and we’ll label him a perimeter player. He’s a skinny kid from Stow, Ohio who has good form on his jumper. The roster also includes players from Sacramento, Calif.; Virginia Beach, Va.; St. Petersburg, Fla.; Flint, Mich.; Leander, Texas; Woodstock, Ga.; Chanhassen, Minn.; and Tuscaloosa, Ala.; and Bulgaria.
Just one kid, Marco Banegas-Flores, from Boston. He came off the bench to play some solid minutes Wednesday night. This staff leaves no stone unturned in recruiting. They’ve got some players who were overlooked in recruiting because they had some flaws. Then the coaching staff turned them into a winning team.
The Huskies still have to win the CAA Tournament in Richmond to make the NCAA Tournament and that’s the real goal. The tournament’s a crapshoot. The Huskies have won 11 games by five points or less so the margin for error is thin. Despite the great success of this season it still comes down to three days in March.
- Michael Vega
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- Nancy Marrapese-Burrell