Senior guard Joe Seymore scored 19
points, and the Central Connecticut State University men's
basketball team won its third straight game, topping Bryant, 60-34,
on the road on Thursday night. The win is the third straight for
the Blue Devils who improve to 8-14 overall and 5-6 in Northeast
Conference play. The two teams will play each other again on
Saturday at 3:30 p.m. in New Britain in Detrick Gym.
The Blue Devils allowed only 34 total points against the Bulldogs, the lowest point total allowed for Central in the shot clock era. It is the fewest points allowed in a game since a 31-28 win over Southern Connecticut State University in 1983-84.
Central trailed 8-4 in the first four minutes of the game after hitting only 1-of-10 from the field. They answered by catching fire from three point range and ran off a 23-3 run over the next 10 minutes to take a 27-11 lead with 8:40 on the clock. Seymore hit his first four three-point attempts and sophomore Vince Rosario hit his first three as the Blue Devils scored 12 straight points at one point to open up the first half lead.
Central led 36-20 at the half, and shot 8-of-12 from three, behind 15 points from Seymore. The Blue Devils held Bryant to 6-of-25 shooting from the field in the half, good for just 24.0 percent. It marked the lowest first half shooting percentage for a Blue Devil opponent this season. Central held a 23-15 advantage on the boards.
In the second half the Blue Devils held the Bulldogs to only 14 points, they hit just 6-of-26 from the field and 1-of-7 from three. The 14 points in a half is a season-low for a Blue Devil opponent.
Central outrebounded the Bulldogs 44-28 on the night, marking the third straight game that the Blue Devils have outrebounded their opponent. Sophomore Chris Baskerville led the way with six boards, while freshman Joe Efese, junior Shemik Thompson and Seymore all had five.
Seymore led all scorers with 19 points in the game. He hit five threes, all in the first half, and also grabbed five rebounds. Junior Markeys Deans had 12 points and seven rebounds while Rosario added 10 points and four boards.
Seymore's 19 points give him 947 in his career, just 53 points shy of becoming the 31st player in school history to reach 1,000 career points.
The nine threes for Central is a season-high. They came in 20 attempts, good for 45.0 percent, the third-best percentage of the season. Central has made 16 of its last 37 threes in the last two games.
Freshman Devan Bailey had five assists and no turnovers in the game. In his last three games Bailey has 20 assists and only four turnovers.
The Blue Devils and Bulldogs will meet again in just two days, this time in New Britain. Central and Bryant will tip at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday in Detrick Gym.