Northeastern 78, St. John’s 64

Joel Smith scored 29 points, including knocking down 7 of 12

from beyond the arc, to lead Northeastern in a 78-64 win over St.

John’s on Saturday.

The Huskies hit 9 of 18 (50 percent) from long range compared to

just a 2 of 16 (12.5 percent) performance by the Red Storm.

Jonathan Lee added 17 points for Northeastern (3-1), while Kauri

Black had 12 and Kashief Edwards chipped in 11.

Smith knocked down a 3-pointer just 27 seconds in for the game’s

first points, setting a tone for the Huskies. They led by two

points at the break, but St. John’s fought back to claim a 43-42

lead with 13:41 left to play.

But another big 3 by Smith pulled Northeastern back ahead,

45-43, and his next 3-pointer capped an 8-0 run. Northeastern led

the rest of the way.

God’sgift Achiuwa led St. John’s (4-3) with 17 points.