With its season on the line, the North­eastern men’s bas­ket­ball team staged a his­toric come­back and wrote the latest chapter of its thrilling season.

The Huskies erased a 24-​​point first-​​half deficit—the largest come­back in the program’s 93-​​year history—and edged out a gutsy, exhil­a­rating 69–67 vic­tory over George Mason on Sunday after­noon in the semi­fi­nals of the Colo­nial Ath­letic Asso­ci­a­tion tour­na­ment in Rich­mond, Va.

Senior guard Jonathan Lee’s dri­ving layup with three sec­onds to play was the dif­fer­ence, and the Huskies are now one win away from the program’s first NCAA Tour­na­ment bid since 1991.

The No. 1-​​seed Huskies will face the No. 3-​​seed James Madison Dukes in the cham­pi­onship game Monday night at 7 p.m., marking the Huskies’ first ever appear­ance in the CAA title game. The winner will earn an auto­matic bid to the NCAA Tournament.

The CAA cham­pi­onship game will be tele­vised on NBC Sports Net­work, and a campus viewing party will be held in the West Addi­tion of the Curry Stu­dent Center. In their only match-​​up this season, the Huskies defeated the Dukes 66–64 on Feb. 20 at Matthews Arena.

On Sunday, Lee and senior co-​​captain Josh Smith each scored 14 points to lead the Huskies, while sopho­mores Demetrius Pol­lard (13) and Quincy Ford (10) also scored in double fig­ures. But the Huskies stum­bled out of the gate, taking until nearly halfway through the first half to make its first basket. Trailing 31–7, it looked like George Mason might run away with the game and put an end to the Huskies’ mem­o­rable season. But North­eastern kept its com­po­sure, closing the first half on a 12–0 run and opening the second half with an 9–0 run to set up a nail-​​biting finish.

In the final min­utes, the Huskies’ defense forced sev­eral key turnovers, none more impor­tant than a steal under­neath the George Mason basket with 33 sec­onds remaining and game tied at 67. On the Huskies’ final pos­ses­sion, Lee used a bril­liant hes­i­ta­tion move to get by his defender and cruise in for a layup with three sec­onds remaining, putting the Huskies up by two. A George Mason heave from half-​​court clanged off the back­board, and the North­eastern players stormed the court to cel­e­brate their epic victory.

Once again, the Huskies showed their fight and deter­mi­na­tion in pressure-​​packed sit­u­a­tions. During the reg­ular season, North­eastern came back to win six times when facing double-​​digit deficits, and with Sunday’s win the Huskies improved to 13–4 this season in games decided by five points or less.

This team’s been so resilient all year long,” head coach Bill Coen said in a post-​​game inter­view. “They just keep believing in them­selves, they keep playing with con­fi­dence, and they played with a ton of heart in that second half that willed us to victory.”