Northeastern forward Scott Eatherton is a double-double machine, but Delaware senior forward Carl Baptiste notched his double down when it mattered.

Baptiste combined 11 rebounds with a career-high 19 points for his second double-double of the season as the Blue Hens took away a 74-70 victory over Northeastern in a Colonial Athletic Association men’s basketball game yesterday at Matthews Arena.

Baptiste was 9-for-9 from the field with a variety of power moves along the baseline.

“I think (Baptiste) separated the teams today,” said Huskies coach Bill Coen. “He came out very aggressively in the first half and he got really deep post position.

“He really took it to our big guys and typically he doesn’t get that many touches.”

Delaware guard Devon Saddler made 8-of-13 from the field on his way to 22 points with eight assists. Davon Usher added 17 points for the CAA-leading Blue Hens (12-7, 4-0).

Eatherton, who leads the nation with 14 double-doubles, fell short this time on his homecourt with 15 points and nine rebounds. NU sophomore guard Zach Stahl netted his first double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds while guard David Walker scored 20 with four assists for NU (5-14, 2-3).

NU has lost eight times by five points or fewer.

“We’ve been in a lot of close basketball games and to win close basketball games you have to be elite at all the little things and we are just not there yet,” said Coen.

The Huskies were allowed a huge advantage courtesy of Delaware coach Monte Ross. Starting junior point guard Jarvis Threatt was suspended one game for violating team rules and did not make the trip.

The Blue Hens began the game with 17.7 points and 5.8 rebounds per game and a CAA leading 95 assists back on campus. Saddler did a fine job managing the ball as a scorer and distributor.

“I had to get people more involved and I wanted to bring this team together,” said Saddler. “Losing Jarvis was big and we needed somebody to get more assists and I felt like in this game it wasn’t my turn to score.”