Senior Ken Horton and Robby Ptacek each scored 30 points, and the Central Connecticut men's basketball team won its fifth straight game, 82-80, in overtime, over Sacred Heart on Saturday afternoon. With the victory the Blue Devils move to 5-2 on the season and 2-0 in Northeast Conference play.
Sacred Heart is now 5-4 overall and 1-1 in the NEC.
"We're 2-0 in the conference now, right where we want to be," head coach Howie Dickenman said following the victory. "This league is much improved and getting those first two is important. Now we'll finish non-conference play, and our next two league games will be at home in January."
Horton's 30 marked the first time in his career he has scored 30 or more in back-to-back games. It was his seventh career game with 30 points. He added 10 rebounds for his first double-double of the season, and the 19th of his career.
Ptacek scored 30 for the second time this season. He moved up three spots on the all-time scoring list on the day. He is now 22nd all-time with 1,177 career points. Horton is now two points shy of 1,600 for his career. He moved up to seventh on the all-time list with his 1,598 career points.
A season-high attendance of 2,004 saw Central win its fourth straight at home.
"The crowd definitely helped us out," Horton said. "They were a big boost, gave us the fuel, the fire and the pick up we needed out there. It was fun to have a crowd like that out there today."
Central had taken just six free-throws in regulation, but it was at the line that they would ice the game in the final minutes. Central was 7-of-8 from the line in overtime, including 4-of-4 from Horton and 3-of-4 from Ptacek.
"We work on our free-throws a lot during practice, and it's paying off," Horton said. "It's something we always practice, every day, and we needed to turn that over into the game and we were able to do that today."
The Blue Devils led by as many as 12 in the second half, but the Pioneers used a 27-9 run to take an eight point lead, 64-58, with 5:26 to play in the game.
Five straight points from the Blue Devils, including two free-throws from freshman Adonis Burbage and a three from Ptacek, cut it to one, 64-63 with just over three to play.
The Pioneers took a 68-65 lead with over a minute left, but another three from Ptacek tied the game with 1:10 on the clock, it would be the final points of regulation.
Ptacek scored eight of the 14 points in overtime for the Blue Devils, including another three, as Central would clinch the home victory, their third straight win over Sacred Heart.
Central outrebounded the Pioneers 45-34, including 10 from Horton. Six players had five or more rebounds for the Blue Devils, including eight from junior Joe Efese. He also added a season-high 11 points.
The Pioneers were led by Shane Gibson who had a game-high 32 points. Justin Swidowski added 21 points and 10 rebounds.
The Blue Devils return to action on Wednesday night on the road at Michigan State, beginning at 7 p.m. The game will be televised on ESPNU and ESPN3.
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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