Junior Shemik Thompson scored 16
second half points and led the Central Connecticut State University
men's basketball team to a 61-48 home victory on Saturday over
Bryant. Thompson finished the game with 24 points as the Blue
Devils improve to 9-14 overall and even their Northeast Conference
record at 6-6. Central plays again on Thursday night hosting
Robert Morris beginning at 8 p.m.
Central trailed 24-19 at the half against the winless Bulldogs, but outscored Bryant 42-24 after the break to record their fourth straight victory. It is also the fourth straight home win for Central who will play four of its final six on its home floor. They are 6-2 at home this season.
Trailing by five at the break, the Blue Devils scored the first 10 points of the second half to take a 29-24 lead with 14:24 on the clock. They would never trail again in the victory.
The teams were playing for the second time in less than 48 hours. Central topped the Bulldogs by 26 on the road on Thursday night. They held Bryant to 14 second points on Thursday, and on Saturday Bryant hit only 8-of-24 shots from the floor after the break in losing their 24th straight game.
Central hit 14-of-23 from the field in the second half and finished the game hitting 21-of-47 from the floor, good for 44.7 percent. They outrebounded the Bulldogs 29-27 in the game. It is the fourth straight game that they have outrebounded their opponent.
Thompson's 24 led Central, he also added five rebounds and three steals. Junior Markeys Deans had 12 points and eight rebounds, while senior Joe Seymore added 10 points and five boards. Seymore now has 957 points in his career, just 43 points shy of becoming the 31st player in school history to post 1,000 career points. Freshman Joe Efese added eight points and four rebounds in the win.
Central returns to action on Thursday night hosting Robert Morris beginning at 8 p.m. The game will be televised live on Cox Sports Television.
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February 25, 2010 Men's Hoops Tops Long Island 74-65 at Home
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