Sophomore Robby Ptacek scored 19
points and the Central Connecticut State University men's
basketball team snapped a three-game losing streak with a 62-60 win
on the road at Wagner on Saturday. With the win the Blue Devils
move into an eighth place tie with St. Francis (NY) with a 7-9
Northeast Conference record. Central currently holds the
tie-breaker with the Terriers, but the two teams will meet in the
final regular season game of the season next Saturday in New
Britain. Central plays again at home on Thursday night hosting
Long Island at 7:30 p.m.
Both teams struggled from the floor to start the game, but the Blue Devils used an 11-4 run to take an 18-9 lead with just over nine minutes to play in the half. Ptacek scored six straight points and freshman Devan Bailey had six early points to lead the offense.
The Seahawks answered with a 18-5 run over the next seven minutes to take their first lead of the game, 27-23, with just under three minutes on the clock. Wagner hit 6-of-7 from the field and forced a pair of Blue Devil turnovers during the run.
The Seahawks led 27-25 at the half, as junior Markeys Deans ended a 9-0 run by the Seahawks with a basket just before the halftime buzzer to cut the Wagner lead to two. The Seahawks outscored Central 14-4 in the final 6:23 of the half. Neither team shot well from the field in the half. Central made 10-of-32, good for 31.3 percent. Wagner hit just 11-of-29, good for 37.9 percent. Each team hit a pair of threes before the break.
Central retook the lead to start the second half, 36-33, on a three-point play from junior Shemik Thompson. Thompson had seven points in the first 3:30 minutes of the half to lead the Blue Devils. Five straight points from Ptacek made it 47-41 in favor of the Blue Devils with 13:27 to play.
The Seahawks scored four straight before the next media timeout to cut the Blue Devil lead to 47-45 with 11:10 on the clock. Central answered, including another bucket from Thompson, and led 52-45.
Wagner used an 10-4 run over the next 2:30 to cut the Blue Devil lead to 56-55. Three free-throws and a basket underneath by junior Markeys Deans 61-55 with 2:21 on the clock. Following a Blue Devil turnover, Wagner cut it to 62-60 with 51 seconds to play. Central turned it over on its next possession, but the Seahawks were unable to get a shot off before the final buzzer.
Ptacek led the Blue Devils with 19 points, while Deans added 15 and Thompson had 12 points and eight boards.
The Blue Devils return to action on Thursday night, hosting Long Island beginning at 7:30 p.m. The game will be televised live on MSG, Cox Sports TV and Fox College Sports Atlantic.
March 4, 2010 Men's Hoop Season Ends at Robert Morris with 71-63 Loss
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