Huskies 70, Providence 66
In Bill Coen's first "signature" win of his head coaching career, the CAA's Northeastern Huskies defeated the Big East Providence Friars 70-66 on a fantastic shooting night from a triumvirate of Huskies in Matt Janning, Eugene Spates, and Baptiste "Flying Frenchman" Bataille.
In a game dominated by stifling Husky defense, nobody was a bigger surprise than Bataille. A small recruit from France known primarily for his defense somehow scored 9 points, 6 of those on clutch three pointers, one of which put Northeastern up by 11. Meanwhile, Eugene Spates nailed 5 of his 7 threes and finished with 17 points, and Matt "Not Big Enough for the Big East" Janning put on a clinic with 24 points on 10 of 14 shooting. I wish I could've seen the shit-eating grin Janning must've had on his face after mopping the floor with a conference he was rejected from.
This was a huge win for the program, particularly coming off a disappointing loss to Michigan. The Huskies take on Holy Cross at Matthews Arena next Saturday.
Huskies 2, Harvard 2 (NU wins 4-2 in PK's)
In my first-ever NCAA tournament appearance, the Northeastern women's soccer team defeated the Harvard Crimson 5-3 in penalty kicks. The Huskies got two regulation goals from Kelly "Intimidating Facemask" Matthews along with her gamewinner in the shootout. A surprisingly electric atmosphere led to senior captain telling obnoxious Crimson fans to, at one point, "Shut the fuck up," eliciting cheers from the Doghouse and athletics director Peter Roby. It was hard to avoid rushing the field after the victory.
Harvard fans may be the worst fans in sports. For some reason, none of them ever make it out to the Beanpot, yet for a women's soccer game in Chestnut Hill, miles from society, they show up at halftime drunk and stupid. They completely lacked attention for the game at hand and instead focused on harassing NU's mascot Paws. A truly embarrassing display, and one which did not go unnoticed by the NCAA or Northeastern head coach Ed Matz. Honestly, the standards for admission at Harvard must have dropped precipitously. They were dumber than BU fans at the Beanpot.
Regardless, I'll be out in Chestnut Hill again tomorrow at 1 PM to watch the Huskies take on the #10 Boston College Eagles for a trip to the Round of 16.