By Derek Turner
The Wagner Seahawks came out of halftime scoring six straight points to give the visitors a four point lead, but Kyle Vinales hit back-to-back threes firing up the Detrick Gymnasium crowd and the Blue Devils would not look back.
“I hit the second one and the crowd got into it a lot; it gave us energy,” said sophomore Kyle Vinales.
The game went back and forth for most of the first half as there were eight lead changes and until 5:25 left in the half, neither team had led by more than four points. Matt Hunter led the Blue Devils in the first half with 11 points and seven rebounds as the Odessa Junior College transfer continues to fill up the stat sheet night in and night out. Hunter got the scoring started with a layup and then a three getting CCSU out to a 5-2 start.
By Nick Rosa
Central Connecticut men’s basketball team had a tough loss last Thursday night at home falling to in-conference rivals the Monmouth Hawks 58-56 in overtime.
Senior Ken Horton posted his ninth double-double of the season in a 16 point 11 rebound effort. This marks CCSU’s first loss at home this season in Northeast Conference play.
The Blue Devils drop to and 9-10 overall record and 6-3 in-conference record while the Hawks improve to 5-17 and 3-6 overall record in the NEC. CCSU went on to improve in both overall and conference records after Saturday’s win against Fairleigh Dickinson at home.
The CCSU men’s basketball team rebounded from a tough overtime loss to Monmouth last week, beating Farleigh Dickinson 69-62 on Saturday.
By Nick Rosa
The Blue Devils men’s basketball team improved to 7-1 at home this season and 6-1 in the Northeast Conference after defeating the Bryant Bulldogs 69-51 at home last Thursday night.
The win completes the season sweep of the Bulldogs and the Blue Devils go to 9-8 overall on the season.
On Thursday night, freshman Kyle Vinales opened the game with a quick seven points by hitting his first 3-point attempt and then four fast break points for layups thanks to a steal and strong rebound by senior Kenny Horton in the first two minutes of the game to go-ahead 7-2.
The Blue Devils men’s basketball team remains undefeated in conference play after two games. The 82-80 win over the Sacred Heart Pioneers was secured in the final seconds of a five minute overtime situation last Saturday in Detrick Gymnasium.
With a 34 point drubbing of in-state rival University of Hartford, CCSU extended its winning streak to three behind their best overall performance of the year.