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* BNBL NORTH REVISITED: This group won't produce another first-round NBA draft choice, but Northeastern coach Karl Fogel believes a band of Baltimoreans can take the Huskies back to the NCAA tournament.
Northeastern made four straight trips to the NCAAs from 1984-87, with Dunbar's Reggie Lewis being the focus before moving a few miles to the Celtics. Lake Clifton's Kevin McDuffie and Dunbar's Derrick Lewis added to the Baltimore flavor in Boston in the late 1980s, and it's obvious that Fogel has maintained his connections with Lakers coach Charlie Moore.
Sophomore swingman Ben Harlee, sophomore forward Alphonso Barney and freshman forward Joe Carey are all Lake Clifton products. Milford Mill grad Chuckie Moore, son of the Lakers' coach, is a junior forward for the Huskies, who figure to make good use of their allotted tickets this weekend, as they play North Atlantic Conference games at Drexel Friday and at Delaware Saturday.
Harlee and Barney have started all 14 games for Northeastern (3-11), which has been without its injured point guard the last three games. Harlee, who spent the 1989-90 year at a prep school, is averaging 14.1 points and 4.0 rebounds. Barney collects 5.7 points and 5.1 rebounds a game. Moore was one of the first forwards off the bench before a recent illness, and Carey got back in the rotation with 16 second-half points in last Saturday's loss at Hartford.
"We've got to have one of the youngest teams in the country," said Fogel, who lost the first eight players off of last year's NCAA entry. "It's hard to be thinking about March with this kind of record, but this group is good enough to get us back to the NCAAs in another year or two."
* STEADY IMPROVEMENT: When Moore was a junior at Milford Mill and it ended Baltimore County's 25-year drought of state titles, the Millers' big gun was Craig Amos. Amos' scoring ability has been put to good use at St. Joseph's, where he should become the all-time leading scorer in late February. Heading into tonight's game at Rutgers, Amos has 1,531 points. The Hawks' record is 1,729, set by Tony Costner in 1983.
Amos is averaging 19.9 points, tops in the Atlantic 10 Conference, and 6.9 rebounds. The 6-7 senior forward, one of the A-10's top three-point shooters, was shooting over 50 percent from the field before a 3-for-14 showing in Sunday's loss to Philadelphia Big 5 rival Temple.
Accuracy is not the shortcoming it once was for Amos. He made 35.4 percent of his attempts as a freshman, 39.5 as a sophomore and 43.5 percent as a junior.
Casey Musick, a freshman guard out of Cardinal Gibbons, has appeared in three games for the 8-6 Hawks.
* MAKING POINTS COUNT: She's a part-time starter who plays only 15 minutes a game, but Tammy Webster has helped the Rhode Island women turn their season around after an 0-5 start. A sophomore forward who was a second-team All-Metro for Mount Hebron two years ago, Webster hit eight second-half free throws in URI's first victory, over Holy Cross, and had a career-high 11 in a win over Massachusetts Jan. 6.
Webster played in all 29 games last year, when Rhode Island's freshman class also included Western grad Monica Dailey. She has since transfered to the New Community College of Baltimore.