Juniors Faronte Drakeford and Kyle Vinales scored 22 and 20 points respectively as the Central Connecticut men's basketball team topped Albertus Magnus 85-82 at home on Sunday afternoon. Central is now 4-8 overall. The Falcons fall to 7-1 with their first loss.
Drakeford posted his second double-double of the season with 22 points and 10 rebounds while making 9-of-15 from the field in the victory. Vinales had 20 points to go along with a season-high eight assists as Central had 21 assists and just 10 turnovers in the game.
Senior Terrell Allen had 14 points and nine rebounds off the bench in 18 minutes of action. Sophomore Brandon Peel added eight points and nine boards while also posting a career-high with four steals. The Blue Devils had 11 steals as a team.
Albertus was led by Victor Ljuljdjuraj whoe had 24 points, 14 rebounds and five blocks. Darius Watson added 26 points and five boards in the loss.
Central led by as many as 16 points in the first half before the Falcons rallied back and cut the halftime lead to 45-41. A three from Vinales at the buzzer pushed it to four before the break.
In the second half the lead would never get to more than eight, as the Falcons used 52 percent shooting from the floor to keep it close the entire half. Down 78-73 Albertus used a quick 9-3 run to take an 82-81 lead with 54 seconds on the clock. Central responded with a pair of free-throws from Vinales to push the lead to one. They then forced an Albertus turnover and Vinales hit two more free-throws to seal the 85-82 win.
Central made 16-of-27 from the line in the game, while Albertus was 9-of-15. Neither team shot well from three, each making five. The Falcons held a 40-37 advantage on the boards.
Drakeford led the Blue Devils with 22 points, his third 20 point game of the season. The double-double was his second. Vinales had 20 points and eight assists, a season-high. The 20 point effort was the 34th time he has reached that mark. It pushes the junior to 1,368 career points, just five shy from moving into 13th place all-time.
Central returns to action on Friday night at Coastal Carolina at 7 p.m. The game will be the final non-conference game of the season for CCSU.
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April 15, 2014 Hall of Famer Gene Reilly Passes Away
March 5, 2014 Men's Hoop Season Ends in Quarterfinals
March 4, 2014 Vinales, Drakeford and Mobley Earn NEC Honors
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February 22, 2014 Comeback Falls Short for MBB at Bryant
February 20, 2014 Second Half Comeback Leads Mount to Win at CCSU
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February 17, 2014 Speech Named Co-Player of the Week
February 15, 2014 Speech, Blue Devils Top Sacred Heart 74-69
February 12, 2014 Men's Hoop Postponed on Thursday, Will Play Feb. 18th
February 8, 2014 Blue Devils Post Overtime Win vs. FDU
February 6, 2014 Bryant Tops MBB 79-68 at Home on Thursday
February 3, 2014 Mobley Repeats as NEC Rookie of the Week
February 1, 2014 Furious Comeback Gives CCSU Win at RMU
January 30, 2014 Red Flash Top CCSU 69-63 on Thursday Night
January 27, 2014 Mobley Named NEC Rookie of the Week
January 25, 2014 Men's Hoop Falls at FDU on Saturday
January 23, 2014 Balanced Attack Leads CCSU to 87-83 Win at Wagner
January 18, 2014 LIU Outlasts CCSU 62-61 on Saturday
January 16, 2014 Terriers Knock Off CCSU 76-66 on Thursday
January 16, 2014 Men Host St. Francis Brooklyn Tonight at 7 p.m.
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January 9, 2014 Men Drop Conference Opener to Wagner
January 9, 2014 Men Open NEC Play Tonight vs. Wagner
January 3, 2014 Men Drop Final Non-Conference Game at CCU
December 29, 2013 Blue Devils Pick Up Fourth Win of the Season
December 21, 2013 Blue Devils Fall to CCU in Final Seconds
December 15, 2013 Men's Hoop Falls on the Road at Hofstra
December 10, 2013 Central Connecticut Beats Hartford 73-59
December 10, 2013 Blue Devils and Hawks Meet at 7 p.m.
December 7, 2013 #5 Ohio State Tops CCSU on Saturday
December 4, 2013 Balanced Attack Leads CCSU to Home Win
November 30, 2013 Men's Hoop Falls on the Road at Brown
November 26, 2013 Men's Hoops Picks Up First Win at NJIT
November 23, 2013 MBB Hosts Rider at 6 p.m.
November 23, 2013 Men's Hoop Drops Home Opener to Rider
November 19, 2013 Men's Hoop Opener Moved to 6 p.m. on Saturday
November 16, 2013 Men's Basketball Falls at Northeastern
November 13, 2013 Men's Basketball Falls to 0-2 at Purdue
November 9, 2013 Men's Hoop Drops Season Opener to Yale
November 8, 2013 Men's Hoops Opens With Yale on Saturday
November 6, 2013 Men's Hoops on NEC TV Three Times in 13-14
October 23, 2013 Men's and Women's Basketball Tip-Off Dinner, Nov. 5
October 22, 2013 MBB Picked Fifth, Vinales Preseason All-Conference
October 21, 2013 2013 NEC "Social" Media Day
September 25, 2013 Matt Hunter Wins Second Straight Blue Devil Run
September 10, 2013 Men's Hoops Announces Full 2013-14 Slate