BOSTON -- Jonathan Lee scored 17 points to go with five boards and four assists to help Northeastern pull away from Colonial Athletic Association foe Drexel 59-52 Saturday.
Joel Smith made 5 of 8 shots en route to 14 points for Northeastern, which has won nine of its last 10 games after starting the season 5-7.
Drexel (9-13, 5-5) cut a six-point deficit to one, 43-42, on a Derrick Thomas 3-pointer with 7 minutes left. But Northeastern answered with eight straight points to take a 51-42 lead with 3:16 showing.
The Huskies (14-8, 9-1), who hit 21 of 23 free throws, scores 12 of their last 16 points at the charity stripe.
Drexel, whose shortest starter is 6-foot-4, posted a 35-25 rebounding advantage but shot just 35.2 percent (19 of 54), compared to 42.5 percent (17 of 40) for Northeastern.
Dartaye Ruffin led Drexel with 12 points and 11 rebounds.
Mike Brey is looking at former Notre Dame players to fill two assistant jobs that have opened up with the departures of Martin Ingelsby and Anthony Solomon.
Purdue's 2016-17 prospects got a jolt Wednesday when forward Caleb Swanigan announced he will return for his sophomore season.
Clemson's Jaron Blossomgame says he is withdrawing from the NBA draft and returning to school for a final season.