Northeast overcame a large first half lead by the Blackhawks but eventually fell in the three-point game.
Melkisedek Moreaux led Northeast, chipping in a double-double with 19 points and 18 rebounds. Steve Wooten added 21 points and five rebounds, while Jeremiah Codden added 13 points, five rebounds and three assists.
The Hawks (12-8) will host #2 Indian Hills Community College on Wednesday at the Cox Activities Center on the Norfolk campus. Game time is 7 p.m.