Senior Ken Horton and freshman Kyle Vinales each scored over 20 points, but the Central Connecticut men's basketball team opened the 2011-12 season with a 73-69 loss to Yale in the Connecticut 6 Classic on Friday night. The game was played at the Mohegan Sun Arena.
Horton finished the game with 21 points and nine rebounds, while Vinales added a team-high 24 points, including 10-of-11 from the free-throw line, for the Blue Devils.
Vinales scored the first seven points of the game for the Blue Devils as they climbed out to a 7-2 lead.
Yale used a 7-0 run to take its first lead of the game 20-17, but the Blue Devils responded with six straight to make it 23-20 with under eight monutes to play. They led 25-20 after the first basket from freshman Malcolm McMillan.
The Blue Devils led 34-30 at the half, and Horton led all scorers with 12. Central shot just 12-of-34 from the floor, but hit 9-of-14 from the line. Yale was 12-of-31 and 3-of-7 from the line.
Vinales had eight and senior Robby Ptacek had seven at the break.
Yale scored the first seven points of the second half to take a 37-34 lead. The lead reached 40-35 after the second three of the half from Greg Mangano.
The run to start the half reached 16-1 and the Yale lead stretched to 46-35 with 13:45 on the clock.
Central missed its first nine shots of the half. A jumper from senior David Simmons cut it to 46-37. Yale continued its hot shooting, and its third three of the half made it 53-39. Horton made his first three to cut it to 53-42. He had missed his first six from three. The Central run reached 7-0 on a Vinales jumper.
Yale led 58-50 with 7:52 to play, and Central was staying in the game from the free-throw line. Struggling from the field, the Blue Devils hit 7-of-8 from the line to keep the deficit at eight. Horton and Simmons hit layups to cut it to four.
Yale stretched the lead to 65-56 with under four to play on their fourth three of the half.
Vinales hit his second of the game to make it 65-59. A Horton layup cut it to four, and a three-point play from Vinales cut the lead to one with 1:31 on the clock.
Yale hit six free-throws in the next minute to take a 72-66 lead.
The Blue Devils outrebounded Yale 43-36 in the game, led by nine from Horton and five from junior Joe Efese. They also hit 22-of-29 from the line, including 10-of-11 from Vinales.
Central returns to action on Monday night, on the road at Niagara. The game will begin at 7 p.m., and will air on ESPN Radio 1410 and 1300, and online at CCSUBlueDevils.com.
July 31, 2012 Men's Hoop Releases Non-Conference Slate
April 14, 2012 Horton's Club Wins Portsmouth Invitational Championship
April 13, 2012 Horton Has Solid Outing at Portsmouth
April 6, 2012 Horton to Attend Portsmouth Invitational
March 1, 2012 Devils Fall in NEC Tourney at Wagner
February 28, 2012 Horton and Vinales Earn Postseason NEC Honors
February 27, 2012 Horton, Vinales Earn NEC Weekly Honors
February 25, 2012 Blue Devils Win Over Wagner; Teams Will Play Again on Thursday
February 23, 2012 Horton's Career Night Leads Blue Devils to Home Win
February 20, 2012 Vinales Earns Seventh Rookie Honor
February 18, 2012 Vinales Goes for 32 in Loss at Robert Morris
February 16, 2012 Men Snap Slide With 65-60 Win at St. Francis (PA)
February 12, 2012 Men's Hoop Falls at Home, 67-59, to Quinnipiac
February 8, 2012 Men's Hoops Drops Third Straight
February 4, 2012 Men Slip to 7-5 in NEC Play with Loss at LIU
February 2, 2012 Blue Devils Fall at SFNY on Thursday
January 28, 2012 Men Top FDU 69-62 on Saturday
January 26, 2012 Men Fall in OT at Home vs. Monmouth
January 21, 2012 Central Falls 62-61 at Sacred Heart
January 19, 2012 Blue Devils Move to 7-1 at Home
January 14, 2012 Men Suffer First Conference Loss
January 12, 2012 Blue Devils 5-0 in NEC After Road Win at Mount
January 9, 2012 Vinales Wins Sixth NEC Rookie Honor
January 7, 2012 Men Now 4-0 in NEC, Top RMU by 15
January 5, 2012 Men's Hoop 3-0 in NEC Play After Home Win
January 5, 2012 Men Look to Move to 3-0 in League Play
January 3, 2012 CCSU and CPTV Sports Announce TV Deal
December 30, 2011 Men Drop Fifth Straight, Lose at UMass
December 30, 2011 Men Back in Action at UMass
December 22, 2011 Blue Devils Lose at Home for First Time
December 22, 2011 MBB Hosts LaSalle at 7 p.m.
December 19, 2011 Vinales Named Rookie of the Week
December 17, 2011 Wildcats Hold Off CCSU, 70-64
December 17, 2011 Blue Devils Take On Northwestern
December 12, 2011 Vinales Makes it Four Out of Five
December 10, 2011 Blue Devils Fall 90-80 at Brown
December 7, 2011 Men Play Tough in Loss at Michigan State
December 5, 2011 Horton Named Player of the Week
December 3, 2011 Men Win Overtime Thriller Over SHU
December 1, 2011 Central Opens Big at Bryant
December 1, 2011 Men Open NEC Play at Bryant on TV Tonight
November 28, 2011 Ptacek, Vinales Earn NEC Honors
November 26, 2011 Blue Devils Fly Past Hawks, 92-58
November 25, 2011 Blue Devils and Hawks at Detrick Gym
November 22, 2011 Two Straight for Men's Basketball
November 21, 2011 Vinales Earns Second NEC Rookie Honor
November 19, 2011 Ptacek Shoots CCSU to Home Win
November 17, 2011 Men's Game at UMass Moved to Dec. 30
November 14, 2011 Niagara Falls and a Rookie of the Week
November 14, 2011 Blue Devils Drop Overtime Thriller
November 11, 2011 Men's Hoop Drops Opener
November 2, 2011 CCSU Third, Horton Named All-Conference
October 31, 2011 CT6 Breakfast Postponed to Nov. 8
October 17, 2011 Men's Hoop Begins Practice
October 12, 2011 Speech Captures 16th Blue Devil Run
October 4, 2011 Hoops Season Tickets Now On Sale
October 3, 2011 2011-12 Basketball Tip-Off Dinner
September 13, 2011 Men's Hoop Releases 2011-12 Schedule
August 29, 2011 Horton Among Nation's Most Valuable