Coffer nails jumper in final seconds to push Elon past Northeastern
For the second time this season, senior Sam Coffer hit a late jump shot to give Elon a victory, this time with 1.1 seconds remaining as the Phoenix knocked off Northeastern 74-73 in Boston on Feb. 19.
Down by one with 10 seconds remaining, the Phoenix forced a Huskies turnover, giving them one last chance to win the game. Shay Burnett found a wide-open Coffer who made the long jumper to seal the deal in Cabot Center.
Elon (15-10, 8-6) shot a season-best 59 percent from the field including 9-21 from deep. The Phoenix capitalized off of 18 Huskie turnovers, turning them into 25 points.
Four Elon players finished the night in double figures led by Zora Stephenson and Lauren Brown with 13 points a piece. Shay Burnett and Essence Baucom finished with 10 points each while Baucom tallied seven assists.
Northeastern (4-20, 1-13) shot 52 percent form the field on the night and won the rebounding battle 29-21.
Elon got off to a hot start, leading Northeastern 14-6 early in the first half courtesy of threes by Baucom and Stephenson. But the Huskies would battle back and take a 21-19 lead with just over 10 minutes remaining in the half. The Phoenix would regain the lead once again and go into the break ahead 41-40.
Both teams unloaded from deep early in the second half and entered the final nine-and-a-half minutes tied at 58. The Huskies jumped out to a 71-67 lead with 3:31 remaining, but baskets by Baucom and Burnett kept the lead to just one before the final shot by Coffer.
Up next, Elon returns home to Alumni Gym to face William & Mary on Sunday, Feb. 22, at 2 p.m.