Senior Ken Horton scored a career-high 39 points, grabbed 13 rebounds, had five assists and six steals as the Central Connecticut men's basketball team rolled to a 78-63 home victory over Mount St. Mary's on Thursday night.
The senior surpassed 1,900 career points, and hit 15-of-20 from the field as Central moved to 12-15 overall and 9-8 in Northeast Conference play.
The Mount falls to 7-21 overall and 5-12 in league action.
Horton's 39 matched the fourth-best single game performance in school history. He was 4-of-8 from three and 5-of-7 from the line in the win.
Freshman Kyle Vinales filled out the stat sheet as well with his first career double-double. He had 13 points and 11 assists, while adding a pair of steals in 36 minutes of action. Senior Robby Ptacek added 17 points and five assists.
The Blue Devils assisted on 24 of 30 baskets in the game, it was their second-highest assist total of the year. They turned the ball over only seven times and had 12 steals.
Central trailed 3-0, and after taking a 5-3 lead two minutes later would never trail again in the contest. They shot 53.6 percent from the field (30-of-56) and 50 percent from three (8-of-16). Horton had four of the threes, while Vinales added three.
The lead reached as much as 13 in the first half, 36-23, before the Mount cut it to five with a 10-2 run that lasted until there were 47 seconds left before halftime. A three from Ptacek pushed the Blue Devil lead to eight at the break.
The lead reached 11 again to open the second half, but the Mount rattled off an 8-2 run to cut it to five again, 53-48, with 13:11 on the clock.
Central responded with nine straight points, including seven from Horton, to push it to 62-48 and the Mount would get no closer than 11 the rest of the way. At 65-54, Central used an 8-0 run to close out the visiting Mountaineers and claim their ninth home win of the season.
Horton's six steals match his career-high and are the most for the senior captain this season. He was 11-of-12 shooting inside of three point range.
The Blue Devils improve to 9-3 at home this season, and will end the regular season on Saturday hosting Wagner at 3:30 p.m. They will honor their three seniors prior to tip.
Saturday's game will air on CPTV Sports as part of a doubleheader. The women's game at 1 p.m. vs. Wagner will also be televised on CPTV Sports.
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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