Story by North­eastern Athletics.

North­eastern scored 54 second-​​half points to rally from a seven-​​point half­time deficit to defeat George Mason, 84–74, on Thursday night in Fairfax, Va. Playing before a national TV audi­ence, the Huskies shot 64 per­cent in the second half to hand the Patriots just their third home loss in the last two years.

Senior Jonathan Lee (Flint, Mich.) scored 20 points to lead all scorers. Sopho­more Quincy Ford (St. Peters­burg, Fla.) tal­lied 18 points and freshman Zach Stahl (Chan­hassen, Minn.) added a career-​​high 15 points, all in the second half.

Trailing by four with less than eight min­utes remaining, North­eastern (6–7, 1–0 CAA) closed the game on an impres­sive 30–16 run. The Huskies used an 11–0 spurt to take a 10-​​point lead with 3:09 remaining and never looked back. Mason (7–6, 0–1 CAA) cut the margin to six twice in the game’s final 30 sec­onds, but the Huskies iced the game at the free-​​throw line.

Joel Smith (Leander, Texas) pulled down a team-​​high seven rebounds to go with eight points. Demetrius Pol­lard (Vir­ginia Beach, Va.) added eight points, fol­lowed by Reggie Spencer (Tuscaloosa, Ala.) with seven, Dinko Mar­shavelski (Plovdiv, Bul­garia) with four, David Walker (Stow, Ohio) with two, and Der­rico Peck (Wood­stock, Ga.) with two. Walker dished out a career-​​high and team-​​best six assists, including five in the second half.

Sherrod Wright led Mason with 19 points. North­eastern was the first team in more than a month to hold Wright to fewer than 20 points. Ver­trail Vaughns added 13 points and Erik Copes pulled down a game-​​high nine rebounds.

Trailing by seven at the break, the Huskies put together a 12–5 run out of the locker room to tie the game, 42–42, less than four min­utes into the half. Ford ignited the run with a 3-​​pointer on the opening pos­ses­sion. Smith added a layup, Lee fol­lowed with a jumper and a 3-​​pointer, and Walker fin­ished a dunk in tran­si­tion to knot the score.

Mason answered with an 8–2 run to take a 50–44 lead and force a North­eastern timeout with 13:14 showing on the clock. Ford hit a jumper out of the timeout and, fol­lowing a Patriots basket, Lee hit back-​​to-​​back jumpers and Spencer added a basket to again tie the score, 52–52, with just under 10 min­utes remaining.

Just over a minute later, it looked as though the game might turn as Northeastern’s Spencer headed to the bench with his fourth foul and Mason imme­di­ately con­nected on a 3-​​pointer. Stahl, though, answered the call, scoring 10 of the Huskies’ next 13 points to give the vis­i­tors a 62–60 lead with 5:28 remaining.

Vaughns con­nected on a three to again give Mason the lead—its last of the game—before Northeastern’s young pups seized con­trol of the game with an 11–0 run. Stahl got things started with another three. Pol­lard fol­lowed with a jumper and Ford a three before Stahl capped the run with a tra­di­tional three-​​point play to give the Red and Black a 73–63 lead with just over 3:00 showing on the clock.

Mason con­tinued to battle, but Bill Coen’s Huskies con­verted 9-​​of-​​10 free-​​throw attempts and Lee added a tran­si­tion layup to secure the win.

In the first half, North­eastern took an early 4–0 lead on bas­kets by Spencer and Smith, and led 9–5 before the home-​​standing Patriots rat­tled off a 10–0 run to grab a 15–9 lead at the 13:23 mark. The Huskies answered with a 7–2 run behind a jumper from Spencer, a 3-​​pointer from Pol­lard and free throws from Lee, to pull to within one near the midway point of the half.

With the score tied, 25–25, Mason pieced together a 12–3 run to take a nine-​​point lead—its largest of the game—in the half’s closing moments. Peck con­verted a layup for North­eastern as time expired to set the half­time score at 37–30.

Northeastern’s 54-​​point second-​​half effort was the third-​​best in a CAA game in pro­gram his­tory. North­eastern scored 55 points in a half twice—Feb. 2, 2011, against VCU, and Jan. 21, 2006, against Hof­stra. The Huskies now have opened the month of Jan­uary with a Colo­nial Ath­letic Asso­ci­a­tion win for the fourth time in five years.

For the game, North­eastern shot 53 per­cent (28–53), including 56 per­cent (9–16) from beyond the arc. The Huskies were 86 per­cent (19–22) from the free-​​throw line. Mason shot 46 per­cent (28–61) for the game, including 35 per­cent (7–20) from 3-​​point range, and was a per­fect 100 per­cent (11–11) from the charity stripe. The Patriots won the rebounding battle, 34–27.

Northeastern’s second-​​half num­bers were impres­sive. The Huskies hit 64 per­cent (18–28) of their shot attempts, including going 67 per­cent (6–9) from long range and 86 per­cent (12–14) from the free throw line. North­eastern also had 12 assists to just four turnovers in the game’s final 20 minutes.

North­eastern will have little time to enjoy Thursday’s win. The Huskies will return to action on Sat­urday at 1 p.m., when UNCW visits Matthews Arena. Tickets are avail­able at GoNU​.com/​t​i​c​k​ets.

The game will also fea­ture free admis­sion for North­eastern fac­ulty and staff and their fam­i­lies and friends. To reg­ister, visit GoNU​.com/​N​U​t​a​i​l​g​ate.