The Central Connecticut men's basketball team trailed by just
one at halftime, but Providence College used a strong second half
to come away with a 92-57 victory on Monday night. The Blue Devils
are now 4-2 on the year and will return to conference play on
Saturday on the road at Fairleigh Dickinson at 4 p.m.
Junior Ken Horton led the offense with 15 points, including 13 in the first half.
The Blue Devils fell behind 13-2 after hitting just one of their first eight shots from the field. They used a 27-7 run over the next nine minutes to take a 29-20 lead with 6:11 on the clock.
Providence climbed back and took a 38-35 lead after an 18-6 run of their own. A jumper at the first half buzzer cut the lead to 38-37 at halftime, the Blue Devils trailed by just one.
Central hit 15-of-34 from the field in the first half after starting just 1-of-8. They were 3-of-13 from three and had only six turnovers before the break. Horton led all scorers at halftime with 13 points, he was 5-of-10 from the field. Junior Robby Ptacek added 11 and senior Shemik Thompson had seven to go along with a pair of rebounds.
With the game tied at 43, the Friars used a 18-4 run to build a 61-47 lead with 11:49 on the clock. They built a 47-45 lead to 58-45 in a four minute span that the Blue Devils went without a point.
A Friar run reached 17-0 before a pair of free-throws from junior Vince Rosario cut the lead to 75-49 with under eight minutes to play in the game.
Horton led the Blue Devil offense with 15 points, while Ptacek added 13 in the loss. Central shot poorly in the second half after shooting 44 percent from the field before halftime. They hit only 8-of-23 from the field in the second half, while the Friars hit on 21-of-33, good for 6.6 percent. Marshon Brooks led the Friar attack with 26 points while Gerard Coleman added 14 in the win.
The Blue Devils return to conference action at Fairleigh Dickinson on Saturday at 4 p.m. Following the game at FDU they will play two more on the road next week, at Dayton and at Albany.