Led by T.J. Williams’ 20 points, seven rebounds, and six assists, Northeastern controlled the tempo for the majority of the game.
Northeastern received 13 points from Donnell Gresham Jr., and Alex Murphy was big on the glass with nine points and 15 rebounds.
An early run was good enough for a 35-31 lead at the half.
It was a game of runs in the early phases of the second half, with UConn coming out strong to take a 38-36 lead on a 7-1 run, capped by a jumper from Rodney Purvis at the 12:43 mark.
The game was knotted at 42-42 when Northeastern responded with their own 5-0 spurt, to take a lead it wouldn’t relinquish.
For UConn, Terry Larrier led the way with 17 points, while Jalen Adams added 15. The home Huskies had a chance to force overtime in the final seconds, but Alterique Gilbert missed what would have been the tying three at the buzzer.
Northeastern forced UConn to win from the perimeter, where they struggled, only making 5 of 21 from three-point range. The use of the 2-3 zone kept UConn from attacking off the bounce with dribble drives, while limiting their second-chance opportunities by controlling the boards.
The loss sends UConn to an 0-2 start after the Huskies dropped their opener to Wagner on Friday.