Ptacek and Ken
Horton combined for 35 points and 15 rebounds as Central
Connecticut ran its winning streak to three games with a 67-51 home
victory over Brown on Wednesday night. The win moves the Blue
Devils to 7-5 overall and a perfect 4-0 at home this season. They
return to action on Monday night hosting UMass at 7 p.m.
Ptacek had game-highs of 18 points and eight rebounds to lead the attack for the Blue Devils, who won their third straight non-conference game on their home floor.
Horton added 17 points, seven rebounds, four assists and four steals for one of his best all-around games of the season. The Blue Devils led by as many as 23 in the second half after building a 38-24 lead at halftime.
Central trailed early, 14-10, but used a 17-4 run to turn things around before halftime. They would not trail again after the 14-10 deficit turned into a 20-14 lead following a 10-0 run.
Central outscored Brown 28-10 in the final 11 minutes of the first half, and that was the difference in the game.
Brown shot only 34.8 percent from the floor, missing 30 of its 46 shots from the floor. They hit on just 4-of-21 from three, a dismal 19 percent.
In the second half Central built a 62-39 lead with 7:07 on the clock following a three-point play from Ptacek. The three points capped an 18-8 run by the Blue Devils that pushed a 13 point lead into a 23 point lead, their largest of the game.
Central shot 47.4 percent, hitting 27-of-57 from the floor, including 23-of-46 from inside three. They held a 38-20 advantage in points in the paint. They also assisted on 16-of-27 field goals, and turned the ball over only 12 times, four of them in the second half. It marks the third straight game with at least 16 assists, and with more assists than turnovers.
Senior Shemik Thompson added six points, six rebounds, five assists and two steals in the victory. He is fifth all-time in CCSU history in career steals with 164 after tonight's game. He also moved into fifth place on the all-time assists list in the game. He passes Dave Corbitt and now has 374 career assists.
Junior Chris Baskerville had a productive 21 minutes off the bench contributing seven points and four rebounds. He was 3-of-4 from the field. The Blue Devils outrebounded Brown 40-29 in the victory.