The Central Connecticut men's basketball team dropped its second straight, and its first at home in Northeast Conference play, falling 58-56 in overtime to Monmouth on Thursday night. Senior Ken Horton posted his ninth double-double of the season with 16 points and 11 rebounds.
With the loss the Blue Devils are now 9-10 overall and 6-3 in NEC play. Monmouth improves to 5-17 overall and 3-6 in the league.
Freshman Kyle Vinales added 15 points and four assists, while senior Robby Ptacek had 11 points, four rebounds and four assists in the loss.
Central is now 7-2 at home on the season, losing to an NEC team in Detrick Gym for just the second time in its last 12 games.
Horton's 11 rebounds give his nine double-doubles on the season, and 27 for his career with the Blue Devils. His 16 points give him 1,797 for his career.
Jesse Steele led the Hawks with a team-high 12 points, Dion Nesmith added 11. They were 11-of-23 from three in the game, while the Blue Devils hit on just 3-of-12. Monmouth hit just 42.2 percent of its shots, but 47.8 from three in the victory.
Central outrebounded the Hawks 33-26, led by Horton's 11. But they turned the ball over 18 times, leading to 17 Monmouth points.
The Blue Devils had a chance to win the game in regulation. On the last possession, Vinales had an attempt come up short and the Hawks grabbed the rebound to force overtime.
Monmouth led by four in the extra frame after a 6-0 run, taking a 54-50 lead. Central rallied to tie the game at 56 with 46 seconds to play on a pair of free-throws by Horton.
The Hawks answered with a pair of free-throws by Mike Myers Keitt with 14 seconds to play, taking the 58-56 lead.
Vinales missed a runner inside the lane with under five seconds to play and the Hawks rebounded. Austin Tollotson was fouled, and then missed the front end of a 1-and-1, giving the Blue Devils with ball with 1.3 second left. After a timeout, a long pass down the court was intercepted and the Hawks sealed the win.
Horton had 16 and 11 to lead CCSU. Vinales added 15, including a pair of threes, and Ptacek added 11. He was 5-of-5 from the line, pushing his total to 89-of-95 on the season, good for 93.7 percent.
Central is back in action on Saturday hosting Fairleigh Dickinson at 3:30 p.m. The game will be televised live on CPTV Sports as part of a doubleheader. The women's team will also face FDU at 1 p.m.
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