Senior Robby Ptacek and Ken Horton combined for 45 points, and Horton posted his sixth double-double of the season, as the Central Connecticut men's basketball team moved ot 4-0 in Northeast Conference play with a 68-53 home victory over Robert Morris on Saturday afternoon.
Freshman Kyle Vinales added 18 points, as the trio combined for 63 points in the home win. Ptacek had five threes, a new career-high, and Vinales hit three as the Blue Devils evened their overall record to 7-7.
The Blue Devils hit 16-of-21 free-throws in the game, including 9-of-11 from Horton. Twelve of them came in the second half as they built the lead to as many 18 in the final minutes.
Robert Morris shot just 30.3 percent from the field (20-of-66) and only 2-of-15 from three, just 13.3 percent. The Blue Devils on the other hand, hit at a 47.8 percent clip (22-of-46) and hit 8-of-18 from three (44.4 percent), after shooting poorly from three in their last two games.
The Blue Devils improved to 6-0 in the season when allowing fewer than 60 points, and the shooting percentage for the Colonials was the lowest of the season for a Blue Devil opponent.
Central didn't trail by more than three points in the entire game, and once they took a 20-19 lead with 6:23 to play in the first half they would never trail. They led 32-28 at the break.
The Blue Devils used a 9-4 run to open the second half to build a 41-32 lead, but the Colonials cut it to three, 41-38, with a quick 6-0 spurt.
Central responded, scoring seven straight, including another three from Ptacek, to push the lead to 10, 48-38, with 10 minutes to play.
The lead would not get below seven in the final 10 minutes, and no closer than 10 in the final five.
Horton's double-double was his sixth of the season and the 24th of his career. His 21 points give him 1,708 for his career, becoming just the third Blue Devil in school history to score over 1,700 career points. He is 27 points shy of setting the new school record, held by Damian Johnson with 1,734. Horton also jumps to 20th place all-time on the NEC scoring list.
Ptacek scored 24 and grabbed five rebounds. His career scoring total is now 1,293, good for 17th on the all-time list.
Vinales had 18 and added five assists. Freshman Malcolm McMillan also had five assists.
The win moves the Blue Devils to 7-7 overall, and a perfect 4-0 in NEC play. They take to the road next week at Mount St. Mary's on Thursday night and at Wagner on Saturday.
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