January 9, 2010

Men's Hoops Drops Fourth Straight, Fall 83-74 at Fairleigh Dickinson on Saturday Night

Sophomore Robby Ptacek scored 21 points and the Central Connecticut State University men's basketball shot 52.1 percent floor, but the Blue Devils dropped their fourth straight game, 83-74, on Saturday night at Fairleigh Dickinson. Four Blue Devils scored in double figures in the game, and the Blue Devils committed only nine turnovers in the game. Central returns to action on Monday night hosting Savannah State beginning at 7:30 p.m.

Senior Joe Seymore had his most productive game of the season for the Blue Devils, scoring 17 points and grabbing a season-best eight boards. Central made 5-of-9 from three in the game and 19-of-25 from the free-throw line.

But for the second straight game, the Blue Devils allowed a team to shoot over 68 percent from the floor in the second half, letting an eight point lead slip away. Central, who led at the half for the first time in nine games, allowed FDU to hit 15-of-22 from the field in the second half and watched them turn an eight point deficit into a nine point win.

The Knights were led by Sean Baptiste who had a game-high 26 points and grabbed six rebounds in the victory. Mike Scott added 21 in the win, including 17 in the second half. He did not miss a shot in the game, making 5-of-5 from the floor and making 10-of-11 from the free-throw line.

Ptacek led the Blue Devils with 21 points, his fourth 20+ point game of the season. Seymore had a season-high 17 while junior Shemik Thompson added 13 in the loss. Sophomore Vince Rosario had 11 points in the loss, all in the first half.

Each team had 23 rebounds in the game as both teams shot well from the floor.

Central made 25-of-48 from the field, good for 52.1 percent. They hit 5-of-9 from three, including 3-of-3 from Rosario and two from Seymore. They had 12 assists and just nine turnovers on the night.

The Blue Devils return to action on Monday night in their final non-conference regular season game of the season hosting Savannah State at 7:30 p.m. in Detrick Gym.