Three Central Connecticut seniors combined for 48 points and 20 rebounds, and the Blue Devils hit 23-of-24 from the free-throws, as they defeated Wagner 78-61 on Senior Day on Saturday afternoon.
Before a season-high crowd of over 2,700 fans, the Blue Devils won their second straight home game to finish 10-3 in Detrick Gym this season. The crowd was the largest for the Blue Devils since the Northeast Conference Championship game of 2007 which saw over 3,200 fans enter Detrick Gym.
Central and Wagner will meet again in just five days. Central will be the #7 seed in the upcoming NEC Tournament and wil travel to Staten Island to face the #2 Seahawks on Thursday night. The two teams split the season series, with each team winning on its home floor.
Senior Ken Horton had 22 points, seven boards, five blocks, four assists and three assists in leading the Blue Devils to their 13th win of the season. Central finishes the Northeast Conference season 10-8, and they are 13-15 overall.
Wagner falls to 24-5 overall and 15-3 in NEC play this season with the loss. The loss snapped a nine-game winning streak for the Seahawks, who had previously lost this season to only Long Island, UConn and Lehigh. The 17-point loss was their largest margin of defeat on the season.
Senior Robby Ptacek had 16 points and five rebounds in his last regular season home game. He was honored before the game along with Horton and fellow senior Dave Simmons.
Simmons had 10 points and eight rebounds in 35 minutes of action. He was 5-of-7 from the field and added two assists.
Central led by 28 points in the second half before the Seahawks cut it to as little as nine in the final two minutes. The Blue Devils hit 23-of-24 from the free-throw line to ice the game and earn their second straight win.
Freshman Kyle Vinales finished the game with 21 points, including 13-of-14 from the free-throw line. He was 6-for-6 from the line in the second half. He became the first CCSU freshman to score over 500 points in a single season.
Wagner committed a season-high 22 turnovers which led to 26 Central Connecticut points. The Blue Devils had 12 steals and dished out 17 assists on 26 baskets.
Central shot 26-of-47 from the field and hit 3-of-8 from three in the victory. Wagner shot just 19-of-50, and just 4-of-16 from three.
Horton moves his career scoring total to 1,941, he is seventh all-time in NEC history. Ptacek's career total extends to 1,521.
The Blue Devils and Seahawks will play on Thursday night in Staten Island in the quarterfinal round of the NEC Tournament.
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