Vasa Pusica scored 20 points to lead Northeastern to a 68-52 victory over Alabama on Thursday in an opening-round game in the Charleston Classic in Charleston, S.C.
The fifth-year senior guard from Serbia was joined by Jeremy Miller (11) and Bolden Brace (11) in double figures for the Huskies (2-1), who shot 51.2 percent from the field and hit 9-of-17 shots from 3-point range.
The Crimson Tide (2-1) fell behind by double digits early, and cold shooting kept them from mounting a serious threat. The Tide shot 37.3 percent from the field and hit only 3-of-19 3-point attempts.
John Petty was the only double-figure scorer for Alabama with 17 points.
Picked to win the Colonial Athletic Association, the Huskies never let the Tide get closer than seven points after building a 33-22 halftime lead. Their biggest lead was 17 points at 62-45.
The Huskies scored the first eight points of the game on their way to an early 19-7 lead. The Crimson Tide missed their first six shots before Petty broke the ice with a short jumper coming out of the under-16 media timeout.
Alabama whittled the gap to seven points on four occasions, the last at 27-20. The Tide missed all nine of their first-half attempts from behind the 3-point arc.
Northeastern will play No. 16 Virginia Tech in a semifinal game on Friday. Alabama will meet Ball State in a loser bracket’s game Friday afternoon.
—Field Level Media