Northeastern 74, Belmont 71

Joel Smith scored 26 points, and Northeastern erased a 16-point
second-half deficit Friday to beat Belmont 74-71 and advance to the
final of the Great Alaska Shootout.

Smith was 8 of 14 from the field, including 6 of 9 from behind
the arc, for the Huskies (4-1), who took their first lead, 70-68,
on David Walker’s 3-pointer with 58 seconds left. The Bruins (4-1)
had scored 16 unanswered points – 14 of them by Ian Clark – to take
a 55-39 lead with 12:58 to play.

Northeastern outscored Belmont 35-16 the rest of the way, with
Smith hitting four free throws in the final minute to seal the

The Huskies will Saturday against Charlotte, which beat Oral
Roberts 72-58 in the second semifinal. Northeastern also made the
final in 1986, its only other appearance in the tournament.

Clark led the Bruins with 29 points, including a
tournament-record nine 3-pointers.