The Central Connecticut State University men's basketball team
dropped its fifth straight game with a 73-63 loss at home to
Savannah State on Monday night. With the loss the Blue Devils fall
to 4-11 overall on the season. It was their final non-conference
game of the year, and their first home loss. Central returns to
action on Thursday night, hosting Quinnipiac at 7:30 p.m. in
Northeast Conference play. The game will be televised live on Cox
Savannah State took control early in the game, using a 13-0 run to take a 19-4 lead with 14:10 on the first half clock. Central struggled from the floor in the first half, while the Tigers hit 14 of their first 20 shots from the field, good for 70 percent.
Central cut the lead to 10, 29-19, with just under six minutes to play in the half, but the Tigers continued to shoot well from the floor and scored seven straight to up their lead to 36-19 with under three to play.
Savannah State led 40-26, the largest halftime deficit of the season for the Blue Devils. They shot 16-of-23 from the field, good for 69.6 percent. It was the best shooting first half of the season for a Blue Devil opponent. Central hit on just 9-of-29 from the floor, including 3-of-8 from three-point range. The Tigers outrebounded Central 16-12 and had 12 assists before the break. Central turned the ball over just once in the half, but the 31 percent shooting was their second-lowest percentage in the first half this season.
The Blue Devils cut the lead to 11 to begin the second half, 43-32. But Savannah State responded with an 8-0 run, including a pair of threes, to stretch it to 51-32.
Trailing by 17, 56-39, the Blue Devils used a 14-6 run over a four-minute span to cut the lead to 62-53 with 6:38 on the clock. Four straight free-throws by junior David Simmons cut the lead to 64-57.
Simmons led the offense with a career-high 22 points in the game. Junior Markeys Deans, who had just three points in the first half, finished the game with 20 points. It was his career-high. The two combined to shoot 15-of-20 from the field and had 42 of the Blue Devils' 63 points in the loss.
Savannah State was led by Tracy Rankins who had a game-high 25 points. They improve to 6-12 overall with the victory.
The Blue Devils return to action on Thursday night, hosting Quinnipiac beginning at 7:30 p.m. The game will be televised on Cox Sports Television.
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February 20, 2010 Men's Hoop Hangs On for 62-60 Victory at Wagner on Saturday Night
February 18, 2010 Blue Devils Drop Third Straight on the Road at Mount St. Mary's
February 11, 2010 Men's Hoop Four-Game Win Streak Snapped vs. Robert Morris
February 6, 2010 Junior Shemik Thompson Leads Blue Devils to Fourth Straight Victory
January 28, 2010 Blue Devils Top Monmouth 66-44 on Thursday Night at Home
January 24, 2010 Men's Basketball Falls on the Road at Quinnipiac on Sunday Afternoon
January 21, 2010 Men's Basketball Falls on the Road at Sacred Heart on Thursday Night
January 14, 2010 Blue Devils Drop Sixth Straight Game, Fall to Quinnipiac at Home
January 7, 2010 Central Men Drop Third Straight at Monmouth on Thursday Night
December 12, 2009 Blue Devils Win in Overtime Against Albany in Home Opener
December 5, 2009 Men's Basketball Drops 69-65 Decision at LIU
December 3, 2009 Simmons' Double-Double Leads Central Past St. Francis (NY) 63-50
November 29, 2009 Men's Basketball Falls 67-53 at The Citadel on Sunday Night
November 13, 2009 Men's and Women's Basketball Teams Open Season Tonight