BOSTON – One thing is a given with Tony Shaver’s teams at William & Mary: they will never stop competing. There were plenty of reasons one might see a team mail it in on Wednesday night, but the Tribe rallied from a 16-point deficit in the second half to take CAA leader Northeastern to double overtime before succumbing 95-91. It left Shaver hoping that more of the positives from the game carry over than the negatives, as there were some of both.
When you’ve lost seven games in a row, traveling to play the conference leader and the hottest team in the conference is probably not the best medicine. Sometimes, it’s not your night, and that was pretty much the case on Wednesday for the first 25 minutes as Northeastern had a 46-30 lead and appeared to be in complete control of the game. Northeastern got inside the zone often for baskets and good chances they didn’t cash in. They also got some easy baskets off turnovers, at times utilizing a light press. It looked like a matchup of an undefeated conference leader and a team one game out of the bottom.