2008-09 Men's Basketball News

May 27, 2009
Connecticut 6 Classic Triple Header to Open the 2009-10 Men's Basketball Season on November 13 in Bridgeport
State college basketball fans will converge on the city of Bridgeport on November 13 for the first Connecticut 6 Classic, a men's basketball tripleheader. The Connecticut 6 is set for the next three years with this year's tripleheader being played at Arena at Harbor Yard. The second and third years of the Connecticut 6 will take place at Mohegan Sun in Uncasville.

March 24, 2009
Central Connecticut Extends Radio Contract with ESPN Radio 1410 and ESPN Radio 1300
The Central Connecticut department of athletics announced on Tuesday that it will continue to broadcast men's basketball and select football games on the CCSU ESPN Radio Network beginning next fall. CCSU, along with ESPN Radio 1410, WPOP in Hartford, and ESPN Radio 1300, WAVZ in New Haven, have extended their contract to air Blue Devil athletics throughout the Nutmeg State. A new four-year contract between CCSU and the two stations is effective immediately, and it runs through the 2012-13 season. The Central Connecticut men's basketball team will be the exclusive local men's basketball team carried on both ESPN Radio 1410 and ESPN Radio 1300 for at least the next four years. Select football games will also be available on ESPN Radio 1410 during that time.

March 5, 2009
Men's Basketball Season Ends on Thursday Night With Quarterfinal Loss at Sacred Heart
The Central Connecticut men's basketball season came to an end on Thursday night in the quarterfinals of the Northeast Conference Tournament. The Blue Devils dropped a 76-64 decision on the road at third-seed Sacred Heart. With the loss the Blue Devils finish the season with a 13-17 overall record, they were the sixth seed in the tournament for the second straight season.

March 3, 2009
Sophomore Forward Ken Horton Named Second-Team All-Northeast Conference on Tuesday
Sophomore forward Ken Horton was named to the Northeast Conference Second-Team, it was announced on Thursday morning in the pre-tournament media conference call. Horton, who led the Blue Devils in scoring this season averaging 16.6 points per game, is the leading active scorer for the Blue Devils with over 800 career points. He started 26 of 27 games played in his second season in New Britain and led the Blue Devils with 29 three-pointers.

February 28, 2009
Blue Devils Fall at Quinnipiac, Claim Sixth Seed in Next Week's Northeast Conference Tournament
For the first time in 13 seasons as the head coach at Central Connecticut, head coach Howie Dickenman and the Blue Devils lost on the road against Quinnipiac. The Bobcats defeated the Blue Devils on Saturday afternoon, 69-55, to claim the fifth seed in the upcoming Northeast Conference Tournament next week. The Blue Devils will be the sixth seed in the tournament and will play at Sacred Heart on Thursday night at 7 p.m. The Blue Devils had not lost in Hamden since 1981 and Dickenman was 10-0 in his career on the road vs. the Bobcats. With the loss CCSU ends the regular season 13-16 overall and 8-10 in NEC action.

February 26, 2009
Sophomore David Simmons Matches Career High in Blue Devil Defeat on Thursday
Sophomore David Simmons matched his career high with 16 points in a 75-67 Central Connecticut (13-15, 8-9) Northeast Conference home loss against Monmouth (8-22, 6-11). Simmons, who was 6-of-9 from the floor, also had six rebounds. Freshman Robby Ptacek added 15 points and three assists for the Blue Devils, who will close out the regular season at Quinnipiac on Saturday, Feb. 28. Opening tip is scheduled for 4 p.m. and will be televised live on NESN.

February 21, 2009
Blue Devils Rebound With 78-73 Home Win Over St. Francis (NY) on Saturday
Senior Marcus Palmer and freshman Robby Ptacek each scored 17 points as an undermanned Blue Devil team defeated St. Francis (NY) 78-73 on Saturday afternoon in New Britain. The win snaps a three-game slide at home for the Blue Devils and improves their Northeast Conference record to 8-8. Sophomore David Simmons posted his second double-double of the season with 16 points and 10 rebounds.

February 19, 2009
Blue Devils Drop Conference Home Decision to Sacred Heart, Thompson Scores 13
Sophomore Shemik Thompson had 13 points to pace Central Connecticut (12-14, 7-8) in a 101-67 Northeast Conference home loss against Sacred Heart (13-13, 10-6). Freshman Kyle Desmarais added a career-best 11 points, four rebounds, three assists and three steals, while sophomore Tamir Johnson had 10 points and a team-high seven rebounds. The Blue Devils, who started a three-game home stretch tonight, will host St. Francis (NY) at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 21.

February 14, 2009
Men's Basketball Posts 1,000th All-Time Victory With Non-Conference Win at Bryant on Saturday
The Central Connecticut men's basketball team posted its 1,000th all-time victory with a 65-61 non-conference win at Bryant University on Saturday afternoon. The win improves the all-time record for the CCSU men's team to 1,000-754 since the inception of the program in 1934-35. With the victory the Blue Devils are now 12-13 overall this season, it was the final non-conference game of the year for CCSU. Sophomore forward Ken Horton led the way with 23 points, the 15th 20-point game of his career. CCSU returns home on Thursday night hosting Sacred Heart at 7 p.m.

February 12, 2009
Ptacek Matches Career High with 20 Points in 80-73 Central Connecticut Loss Versus FDU
Freshman Robby Ptacek had 20 points, matching a season high, to lead Central Connecticut (11-13, 7-7) in an 80-73 Northeast Conference home loss versus Fairleigh Dickinson (7-18, 6-8). Senior Marcus Palmer added 12 points and seven rebounds, while sophomore Shemik Thompson had 11 points and nine assists. The Blue Devils next play on Saturday, Feb. 14. They will take a break from league action with a 3:30 affair at Bryant.

February 7, 2009
Men's Basketball Winning Streak Stopped on Saturday Afternoon by Robert Morris
Central Connecticut dropped a 64-44 decision on Saturday afternoon to league-leader Robert Morris and falls to 11-12 overall and 7-6 in Northeast Conference play. Sophomore guard Shemik Thompson scored a team-high 13 points and had four steals as the Blue Devils lost at home for the first time in eight games. The Colonials are now 17-8 overall and 11-1 in league action. The Blue Devils play again on Thursday night at 7 p.m. at home vs. Fairleigh Dickinson.

February 5, 2009
Blue Devils Win Seventh Straight at Home, 65-52, Over St. Francis (PA) on Thursday
Sophomore forward Ken Horton scored 21 points and grabbed eight rebounds as the Central Connecticut men's basketball team won its seventh straight home game, 65-52, on Thursday night over St. Francis (PA). With the victory the Blue Devils are now 11-11 overall and 7-5 in Northeast Conference play. The Red Flash fall to 5-17 and 2-9 in the league. Sophomore guard Shemik Thompson added 17 points for CCSU in the win. The Blue Devils host conference-leader Robert Morris at 4 p.m. on Saturday. The victory is the 999th in the history of the men's program at CCSU.

January 31, 2009
Men's Hoop Falls on the Road at Sacred Heart on Saturday Afternoon
The Central Connecticut men's basketball team saw its two-game win streak come to and end on Saturday afternoon in Fairfield, CT, dropping a 77-69 decision at Sacred Heart. The Blue Devils are now 10-11 overall and 6-5 in Northeast Conference play after the loss. Sacred Heart improves to 10-11 overall and 7-4 in league play. The Blue Devils return home on Thursday night to host St. Francis (PA) and will play six straight NEC games at home in February. Thursday's game will be televised live on Cox Sports Television and the Connecticut Sports Network.

January 29, 2009
Sophomore Ken Horton Leads the Way as Blue Devils Top Wagner on the Road on Thursday Night
Sophomore forward Ken Horton scored 23 points and grabbed nine rebounds as the Central Connecticut men's basketball team won its second straight, on the road at Wagner on Thursday night, 72-64. Horton had 14 in the first half to lead the Blue Devils to the win. The Blue Devils improve to 10-10 overall and 6-4 in Northeast Conference play with the victory. Wagner falls to 10-10 and 3-7 with the loss. CCSU plays again on Saturday at Sacred Heart. Following Saturday's game the Blue Devils will play six of their final seven NEC games at home in Detrick Gym.

January 27, 2009
Fan Bus Announced for Doubleheader at Bryant University on Valentine's Day
The CCSU Department of Athletics has announced that it will run a fan bus to Bryant University on Saturday, February 14 for the women's and men's basketball doubleheader. The women play at 1 p.m. and the men will follow at 3:30 p.m. The bus will leave from Kaiser Hall at 10:30 a.m. and will return following the men's game. The price is $25 per person and includes admission to the games. Interested fans can call Sharon Hornik in the athletics department at 860-832-3035.

January 24, 2009
Blue Devils Win Sixth Straight Home Game, 59-55, Over Quinnipiac on Saturday Afternoon
Senior forward Marcus Palmer posted his second straight double-double and the Blue Devils hit 16-of-18 from the free throw line as Central Connecticut topped Quinnipiac 59-55 on Saturday afternoon in New Britain. The win is the sixth straight at home for the Blue Devils and improves their record to 9-10 overall and 5-4 in the Northeast Conference. With the loss the Bobcats drop to 8-11 overall and 4-5 in the league.

January 22, 2009
Blue Devils Fall Short at Mount St. Mary's on Thursday Night, 64-62
Senior forward Marcus Palmer posted his second double-double of the season but it wasn't enough as the Central Connecticut men's basketball team dropped a 64-62 decision on the road at Mount St. Mary's on Thursday night. Sophomore guard Shemik Thompson led the offense with 19 points in his first game after returning from an injury. Palmer had 10 points and a season-best 12 boards. CCSU returns to action on Saturday at 2 p.m. hosting Quinnipiac in the first game of a doubleheader. The women's team will also play the Bobcats immediately following the men's contest.

January 17, 2009
Howie Dickenman Wins 200th Career Game at St. Francis (PA) on Saturday
The Central Connecticut men's basketball team finished the weekend trip to Western Pennsylvania with a 71-61 victory on the road at St. Francis (PA) on Saturday afternoon. The win is the 200th in the career of head coach Howie Dickenman, now in his 13th season. He also won his first career game against the Red Flash. Balanced scoring led the Blue Devils on the day led by 20 from sophomore Ken Horton. With the win the Blue Devils improve to 8-9 overall and 4-3 in Northeast Conference play. With the loss the Red Flash fall to 4-13 overall and 1-6 in league play. They play again on Thursday night at Mount St. Mary's at 7 p.m.

January 15, 2009
Blue Devils Drop Northeast Conference Game at Robert Morris on Thursday Night
Central Connecticut's two-game Northeast Conference win streak came to an end on Thursday night with a 76-64 loss at first-place Robert Morris. The loss runs CCSU's record to 7-9 overall and 3-3 in the NEC. The Colonials improve to 11-7 overall and 6-1 in league play. Sophomore forward Ken Horton led the offense with 16 points in the game. Central Connecticut returns to action on Saturday at 4 p.m. at St. Francis (PA).

January 10, 2009
Sophomores Horton and Thompson Lead Blue Devils to 91-78 Win at FDU on Saturday Night
The Central Connecticut men's basketball team won its second straight Northeast Conference game with a 91-78 victory on the road at Fairleigh Dickinson on Saturday night. Sophomore forward Ken Horton led the way with 29 points, the second-best scoring output of his career Classmate Shemik Thompson added 12 points and nine assists in the victory while senior Marcus Palmer add 23 points in the win. With the win the Blue Devils improve to 7-8 overall and 3-2 in league play. The Knights are 2-13 overall and 2-4 in the NEC with the loss. Central Connecticut returns to action on Thursday night at Robert Morris beginning at 7 p.m.

January 8, 2009
Trio of Blue Devils Combine for 53 Points in 10 Point Victory Over Wagner on Thursday
Senior Marcus Palmer and sophomores Shemik Thompson and Ken Horton combined for 53 points as the Central Connecticut men's basketball team snapped a three-game losing streak with a 67-57 victory over Wagner on Thursday night. Palmer recorded his fourth career double-double with 15 points and 11 rebounds as the Blue Devils improved to 6-8 overall and 2-2 in Northeast Conference play. CCSU returns to the road this weekend playing at Fairleigh Dickinson on Saturday at 7 p.m.

January 5, 2009
Central Connecticut Men's Basketball Drops Second Straight Northeast Conference Decision on Monday Night
The Central Connecticut men's basketball dropped its third straight game with a 58-47 decision on the road at Monmouth on Monday night. With the loss the Blue Devils drop to 5-8 overall and 1-2 in Northeast Conference play. CCSU returns to action on Thursday night at home against Wagner beginning at 7 p.m. The game will be televised live on Cox Sports Television.

January 3, 2009
Men's Basketball Drops 57-44 Road Decision in NEC Play at Long Island
The Central Connecticut men's basketball team dropped to 5-7 overall and 1-1 in Northeast Conference play with a 57-44 loss on the road at Long Island on Saturday afternoon. Freshman Robby Ptacek led the way offensively for the Blue Devils with 15 points. Central Connecticut returns to action on Monday night at Monmouth beginning at 7 p.m.

December 29, 2008
Central Connecticut Men's Basketball Falls at #14/17 Arizona State on Monday Night
The Central Connecticut men's basketball team dropped an 84-47 decision on the road at #14/17 Arizona State on Monday night. The Sun Devils improve to 11-1 on the season a perfect 6-0 at home. The Blue Devils fall to 5-6 overall on the season with the loss. Sophomore forward Ken Horton led the Blue Devils with 12 points in the game on 4-of-12 shooting from the field. Central Connecticut returns to Northeast Conference action on Saturday at Long Island beginning at 2 p.m. The Blue Devils are 1-0 in league play this season having beaten Mount St. Mary's earlier this season.

December 22, 2008
Freshman Robby Ptacek Named Choice Hotels Northeast Conference Men's Basketball Rookie of the Week
Freshman guard Robby Ptacek was named the Choice Hotels Northeast Conference Men's Basketball Rookie of the Week, it was announced on Monday by the conference office. Ptacek wins the award for the first time this season after leading the Blue Devils to a 67-56 victory at home over Princeton on Saturday afternoon.

December 20, 2008
Freshman Robby Ptacek's Career-High Leads Blue Devils to Win Over Princeton
Freshman guard Robby Ptacek scored a career-high 20 points as the Central Connecticut men's basketball team topped Princeton 67-56 on Saturday afternoon in New Britain. The Blue Devils, now 5-5 on the season, improve to 4-1 at home this season with their fourth straight home win. Sophomore Ken Horton added 18 points as the Blue Devils hit 21-of-26 free-throws to secure the victory. CCSU is off until Monday night, Dec. 29 at Arizona State. Game time is set for 9 p.m. Eastern.

December 19, 2008
Saturday's Men's Basketball Game Will Be Played as Scheduled
Saturday's men's basketball game vs. Princeton scheduled for 1 p.m. will be played as scheduled in Detrick Gym. The Blue Devils, 4-5, are hosting the Tigers, 2-6, for the first time in their history. The Tigers won the only previous meeting between the two teams last season in New Jersey. The game will be televised on Cox Sports Television and will also air on the CCSU ESPN Radio Network on ESPN Radio 1410 in Hartford and ESPN Radio 1300 in New Haven.Television and will also air on the CCSU ESPN Radio Network on ESPN Radio 1410 in Hartford and ESPN Radio 1300 in New Haven.

December 13, 2008
Central Connecticut Drops Tight Game at Rhode Island on Saturday Afternoon
The Central Connecticut men's basketball team led at Rhode Island with six minutes to play but the Rams used a 14-2 run over a five minute span to take control of the game and win on Saturday afternoon. Rhode Island won 77-69 and dropped the Blue Devils to 4-5 on the season with their second straight loss. Sophomore Ken Horton led the way with 23 points and eight rebounds for CCSU. The Blue Devils return to action next Saturday at 1 p.m. hosting Princeton, the game will be broadcast live on Cox Sports Television.

December 10, 2008
Blue Devils Fall on the Road at UMBC on Wednesday Night
The Central Connecticut men's basketball team lost for the first time in five games dropping a 67-56 decision at UMBC on Wednesday night. With the loss the Blue Devils fall to 4-4 on the season heading into Saturday's game on the road at Rhode Island. Sophomore Ken Horton led the way for Central Connecticut with 21 points and 10 rebounds in the loss. It was his third double-double of the season. CCSU returns to action at 4 p.m. on Saturday at URI. The game will be broadcast live on Cox Sports Television as well as the CCSU ESPN Radio Network.

December 6, 2008
Joe Seymore's Overtime Bucket Leads Blue Devils to 66-65 Victory in Northeast Conference Opener
Junior Joe Seymore grabbed an offensive rebound and his basket with three seconds to play gave Central Connecticut a 66-65 overtime victory over Mount St. Mary's on Saturday afternoon. The Blue Devils, now winners of four straight, open the conference season with the win. Sophomore Ken Horton scored 22 points to post his 10th career game with 20 or more points for the Blue Devils. With the victory CCSU is now 4-3 overall and 1-0 in league play.

December 3, 2008
Seymore and Thompson Lead CCSU to 67-61 Win at Delaware on Wednesday Night
The Central Connecticut men's basketball team ran its winning streak to three games with a 67-61 victory on the road at Delaware on Wednesday night. The win, which moves the Blue Devils to 3-3 on the season, is the first road win of the season for the Blue Devils. Delaware natives Shemik Thompson and Joe Seymore led the Blue Devils, each with 14 points in their return to their home state. The Blue Devils return to action on Saturday hosting Mount St. Mary's in their Northeast Conference opener at 2 p.m.

December 1, 2008
Sophomore Ken Horton Named Choice Hotels NEC Men's Basketball Player of the Week
Central Connecticut sophomore forward Ken Horton was named the Choice Hotels Northeast Conference men's basketball player of the week, it was announced on Monday by the conference office. Horton and the Blue Devils won a pair of home games last week to move to 2-3 overall this season. They play on the road at Delaware on Wednesday and then host Mount St. Mary's at 2 p.m. on Saturday in their first NEC game of the year.

November 30, 2008
Men's Hoop Tops Lafayette for Second Straight Victory on Sunday Afternoon
Sophomore Ken Horton scored 20 points and freshman Robby Ptacek added a career-high 18 as the Central Connecticut men's basketball team won its second straight game, 82-78 over Lafayette, on Sunday in New Britain. With the win the Blue Devils are 2-3 on the season. They won for the 18th straight time when scoring 80 or more points. Sophomore Shemik Thompson posted a career-high 11 assists in the victory.

November 25, 2008
Horton's Double-Double, Seven Blocks Lead CCSU Past Binghamton in 76-51 Home Win
Central Connecticut (1-3) collected its first win of the season with a 76-51 defeat over Binghamton (1-2) in Detrick Gymnasium on Tuesday night. Sophomore Ken Horton led the Blue Devils with 20 points, 10 rebounds and seven blocks. It was his second double-double effort of the 2008-09 campaign. Sophomore Aaron Hall added 13 points, six rebounds and five assists, while classmate Shemik Thompson had a career-best 10 assists. The Blue Devils will be off until Sunday, Nov. 30, when they welcome Lafayette to New Britain for a 2 p.m. contest.

November 22, 2008
Horton's Career-High 33 Not Enough as Blue Devils Fall on the Road at Albany
Central Connecticut trailed by as many as 18 in the second half and took a four-point lead with 21 seconds to play but Albany used a shot with 3.8 seconds on the clock to top the Blue Devils 68-67 on Saturday night. CCSU, now 0-3 on the season, was led by sophomore forward Ken Horton who scored a career-high 33 points and grabbed seven rebounds. The Blue Devils play again at home on Tuesday night at 7 p.m. hosting Binghamton.

November 17, 2008
Last Second Shot Beats Men's Basketball in Home Opener on Monday Night
Sophomore forward Ken Horton posted his fourth career double-double but the Central Connecticut men's basketball team dropped its home opener on Monday night, 58-57 to Colgate. Mike Venezia hit a jumper from just above the free-throw as time expired to give the Raiders the victory. With the loss the Blue Devils fall to 0-2 this season. They play again on Saturday at Albany at 7 p.m.

November 14, 2008
Horton Scores 21 Points in Season-Opening Loss at Boston College
Sophomore Ken Horton scored 21 points and senior Marcus Palmer added seven points and nine rebounds as the Central Connecticut men's basketball team opened the 2008-09 season with an 80-65 loss at Boston College (1-0) on Friday night. The Blue Devils (0-1) return to action at home on Monday night hosting Colgate at 7 p.m. in Detrick Gymnasium.

November 5, 2008
Men's Hoop Picked in Tie for Fourth in Preseason NEC Coaches Poll
Following a 14-16 record a year ago the Central Connecticut men's basketball team was picked to finish in a tie for fourth place in the preseason Northeast Conference Coaches Poll released on Wednesday morning. The Blue Devils were picked in a tie for fourth with Fairleigh Dickinson. Mount St. Mary's, the 2008 NEC Champion, was picked to repeat by the NEC coaches. Sacred Heart was second and Robert Morris was third.

October 27, 2008
Men's Basketball Game at Rhode Island Moved to 4 p.m.; Cox to Televise
The men's basketball game on December 13 at Rhode Island has been moved to a 4 p.m. tip, and will now be televised. The Blue Devils and Rams will play the game on Cox Sports Television, upping the total televised games for CCSU to nine at this point in the season.

October 15, 2008
Three Newcomers Lead Finishers in 13th Annual Blue Devil Run on Wednesday
Three newcomers finished in the top three spot in the 13th annual Blue Devil run on Wednesday afternoon in New Britain. The Blue Devil Run takes place over a 3.7 mile course in New Britain adjacent to the Central Connecticut campus. Sophomore transfer Vince Rosario finished first in a time of 24:31 followed closely by freshmen Kyle Desmarais (24:58) and Robby Ptacek (26:01).

July 18, 2008
Javier Mojica and Puerto Rico Come Up Just Short in Bid For 2008 Olympics
Former Blue Devil and Northeast Conference Player of the Year Javier Mojica and the Puerto Rico National Basketball Team came up short in their bid for a trip to the 2008 Olympic Games over the weekend. Mojica and his teammates, who advanced to the semi-finals with a win over Slovenia on Friday, dropped games to Greece (88-63) and Germany (96-82) over the weekend to finish FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament in fourth place. The top three teams qualified for the Olympics.

July 17, 2008
Men's Basketball Releases 2008-09 Schedule
Central Connecticut head men's basketball coach Howie Dickenman announced the 2008-09 schedule on Thursday. Entering his 13th season as the head coach at his alma mater, Dickenman and the Blue Devils will play 11 non-conference games and 18 conference games this season. CCSU opens the season with a trip to Boston College on November 14 for the first meeting with the Eagles since the 1997-98 season. The first home game will take place on Monday, November 17 vs. Colgate. Game times remain to be announced, as CCSU will likely see a few changes in its schedule once the conference television package is announced in a couple of months. Fans can follow all changes by logging on to the official website at CCSUBlueDevils.com.