Scores

Final

Northeastern 74

(4-1, 1-0 away)

Belmont 71

(4-1, 1-0 home)

Coverage: CCSN

11:00 PM ET, November 23, 2012

Sullivan Arena, Anchorage, Alaska

1 2 T
NE 32 4274
BEL 35 3671

Top Performers

Northeastern: J. Smith 26 Pts, 6 Reb, 5 Ast

Belmont: I. Clark 29 Pts, 3 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Stl

Northeastern 74, Belmont 71

Associated Press

ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- 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 victory.

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.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
NE
BEL
Points 74 71
FG Made-Attempted 24-48 (.500) 26-57 (.456)
3P Made-Attempted 9-19 (.474) 12-21 (.571)
FT Made-Attempted 17-21 (.810) 7-10 (.700)
Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 15 (0/0) 20 (0/0)
Largest Lead 4 3

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