SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Reggie Spencer had career-high 18 points and nine rebounds, and Scott Eatherton added 12 points and 10 rebounds as Northeastern erased an 11-point halftime deficit and beat Georgetown 63-56 in the first round of the Puerto Rico Tip-Off on Thursday.
The Huskies (2-2) trailed by as many as 14 in the first half, but repeatedly outmuscled the Hoyas (1-2) underneath in the closing minutes. It was Eatherton's third double-double of the season.
This is the second appearance for Northeastern in the Puerto Rico tournament.
D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera led Georgetown with 14 points. The Hoyas seemed to have the game in hand, but struggled from the free-throw line, going just 17 for 28. The Hoyas shot just 23 percent in the second half.
It was just the second meeting between the schools, with the Hoyas winning the prior matchup in 1979.
Georgetown saw its advantage disappear midway through the second half as Northeastern mounted a 14-0 run to tie it at 40.
Several ties later, the Huskies finally took their first lead of the game 48-46— on a dunk by Derrico Peck with 6:29 to play in the game.
Settling down some, the Hoyas nudged their way back in front 54-51, but the Huskies weren't ready to fade. They tied it again at 56 and then went ahead 60-56 on a steal and layup by T.J. Williams with 1:13 left.
Georgetown's Markel Starks lost the handle driving into the lane and Spencer connected on 1 of 2 from the line. He then punctuated the win with a steal and dunk.
Georgetown led 36-25 at the half.
The Hoyas started fast, scoring the first nine points of the game. It could have been more, but they struggled from the line, connecting on 9 of 16 attempts in the opening 20 minutes.
Northeastern committed nine turnovers, but got a solid half inside from Walker, who had six points.