Jonathan Lee finished with 10 points, five assists and four steals for the Huskies (7-7, 2-0 Colonial Athletic Association), who have won two consecutive games.
UNC Wilmington took a 48-45 lead on Tanner Milson's 3-pointer with 11:45 left in the second half. But the Seahawks (5-9, 0-2) lost their advantage and would never retake the lead after Pollard made a jumper and Smith hit a 3-pointer with 10:58 remaining.
Milson, who led UNC Wilmington with 20 points, made a 3-pointer to cut Northeastern's lead to 67-64 with 6 seconds left. But the Huskies held on for the victory after Lee's free throw.
Mississippi State freshman guard Malik Newman will withdraw from the NBA draft, but sources told ESPN he might explore other opportunities besides returning to Mississippi State.
Seton Hall sophomore Isaiah Whitehead will stay in the NBA draft and not return for his junior season.
Washington State's trio of Josh Hawkinson, Conor Clifford and Ike Iroegbu have withdrawn from the NBA draft and will play their senior season with the Cougars.