Northeastern rallies for 74-71 win over Belmont

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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- 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.