BALTIMORE, MD – A year prior to Northeastern’s 67-64 win over Delaware in the quarterfinals of the 2015 CAA tournament, Quincy Ford was sidelined in a state of “hopelessness.”
Ford, recovering from season-ending back surgery, had to watch his Huskies get beat by the Blue Hens in the semi-final round of the 2014 tournament from the bench.
“It was extremely frustrating to me. I just kind of felt hopeless not being able to help my teammates out,” said Ford, reflecting after his team’s win on Saturday. “But all the more motivation for this year to come out stronger and better for this team.”
It was worth the wait.
Ford put on an all-around show in Baltimore, scoring 16 points on 6 of 10 shooting, including 3 of 5 shooting from behind the arc. The forward only took three minutes to get on the board with an old-fashion 3-point play, giving Northeastern an 8-2 lead.
“There was some jitters in the beginning but by attacking the basket, once the first shot went in, it was game on,” Ford said.
After a Delaware score, Ford came back and nailed a 3-pointer from the right wing. After a Delaware three, Ford hit his second 3-pointer in less than a minute to give the Huskies a 14-7 lead.
By the way Ford balanced scoring and defending Delaware’s best player, freshman guard Kory Holden, it was as if the injury had never happened.
“Quincy’s got the ability to keep guys in front of him and use his length,” Coen said on the forward-guard matchup.
However, Holden kept the game close going into halftime. He had 16 points and Delaware was only down by four going into the break.
Ford, who had 11 at the break, picked up where he left off hitting a 3-pointer less than a minute into the second half. The red-shirt junior was then held without a bucket until the 1:45 mark, when he pushed the lead to 63-60.
But the Florida-native didn’t falter. After all, he got used to relying on his teammates last year.
“Second half, there was a little bit more pressure,” Ford said. “David, who’s a great player stepped up, Zach stepped up, Reggie stepped up, all my teammates stepped up and made plays.
“…I’m a 100 percent team player, all I care about is winning and it was an example tonight,”
David Walker led the Huskies with 17 points, including four late game free throws and a big time rebound, sealing the win.
Walker, a junior, and Ford still have one more year of college eligibility.
But Ford, who entered Northeastern with senior Reggie Spencer, feels the sense of urgency that was missing in 2013.
“This is something we’ve all dreamed of, this is something we’ve worked hard for all summer and the time is now,” Ford said. “We need to get it done.”