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Eatherton keys Northeastern turnaround

Not much went Northeastern’s way in the first two months of the 2013-14 men's basketball season.

Losing both leading scorer Joel Smith (16.1 PPG) and leading assist man Jonathan Lee (4.0 APG) to graduation after last season, Bill Coen knew there might be some bumpy spots for his Huskies. But no one expected them to have a 3-10 record at the end of December.

Coming off one of the most successful seasons in Huskies history in 2012-13 -- with the first Colonial Athletic Association regular-season title in program history and an NIT berth -- much was hoped for on Huntington Ave.

And while the record still underwhelms at 7-14 overall and 4-3 in CAA play, the Huskies are 4-4 so far in January and 3-1 in their past four games.

If this stretch signals the corner has been turned, Scott Eatherton can take a great deal of credit for getting Northeastern to this point. The 6-foot-8, 219-pound Hershey, Pa., native has scored in double digits in seven straight games (with a high of 20 and a low of 14) and 19 of 21 games this season.

After averaging 18.5 points and 8.0 rebounds per game in road wins over Towson (19 points, 9 rebounds) and Hofstra (18 and 7), Eatherton was named CAA co-player of the week, the conference announced on Monday.

Eatherton transferred to NU from St. Francis (Pa.) after the 2011-12 season and sat out last season by NCAA rule. Through his first 21 games with the Huskies, Eatherton leads the team in scoring (16.9 PPG), rebounding (10.1 RPG) and blocked shots (2.0) per game by wide margins over second-place David Walker (11.6 PPG) and Reggie Spencer (7.3 RPG and 0.5 BPG).

Eatherton leads the country in double-doubles with 14.

Eatherton and the Huskies will try to extend their recent run of success at Matthews Arena on Wednesday night, when they host James Madison (7-13, 2-4 CAA). A win against the Dukes would give NU its first three-game win streak of the season.

Jack McCluskey is an editor for ESPN.com and a frequent contributor to ESPNBoston.com. Follow him on Twitter @jack_mccluskey.