The Central Connecticut men's basketball team trailed by as many as 21 in the second half, but climbed to within two before dropping a 68-65 decision on the road at Bryant on Saturday afternoon. Junior Kyle Vinales scored a team-high 18 points and added six assists as the Blue Devils lost their second straight.
With the loss the Blue Devils are now 9-18 overall and 5-9 in Northeast Conference play. Bryant improves to 17-11 overall and 9-4 in the league.
The Bulldogs built a 46-25 lead early in the second half before a furious comeback for the Blue Devils brought them back into the game. They got as close as two twice in the second half, including 65-63, with 32 seconds left in the game. Following a Faronte Drakeford three, the Bulldogs hit one free-throw to push it to a 66-63 game and then called a timeout. On their next possession CCSU turned the ball over and were forced to foul the Bulldogs. Two free-throws made it 68-63 before a final basket from the Blue Devils cut the final score to 68-65.
Central trailed 41-22 at the half after the Bulldogs shot 17-of-33 from the field and hit a pair of threes in the first half. The Blue Devils struggled offensively, making just 7-of-26 from the field and 4-of-13 from three. They were 4-of-10 from the line, and were outrebounded 25-14 while turning the ball over seven times.
Freshman Matt Mobley led the Blue Devils with six points on a pair of threes. For Bryant Joe O'Shea had 14 before the break, making 5-of-6 shots and hitting one three. The Bulldogs had 11 assists on 17 first half baskets.
Central shot 16-of-31 from the field in the second half, and hit 6-of-12 threes in mounting the comeback. After trailing 46-25 they used a 30-11 run to cut the lead to two, 57-55, with 4:48 left in the game. Vinales had 13 points after halftime, including three threes.
Drakeford added 14 points and six rebounds for the Blue Devils. He was 5-of-7 from the field and made the three that cut it to two with under a minute to play. Sophomore Brandon Peel added 12 points and nine rebounds, while also getting three blocks. Mobley finished with nine.
Central continues the season on Thursday night in a key NEC game at LIU Brooklyn beginning at 7 p.m. The Blue Devils remain in the eighth and final playoff spot following Saturday's game. They remain just ahead of LIU, who lost at St. Francis University on Saturday.
July 23, 2014 Greg Collucci Named Assistant Coach
July 14, 2014 Obie Nwadike Named Assistant Coach
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
March 1, 2014 Men Win at Sacred Heart, Now 7th Seed in Tourney
February 27, 2014 Men's Hoop at LIU Brooklyn at 7 p.m.
February 27, 2014 Men's Basketball Tops LIU, Qualifies for NEC Tourney
February 22, 2014 Comeback Falls Short for MBB at Bryant
February 20, 2014 Second Half Comeback Leads Mount to Win at CCSU
February 18, 2014 Vinales, Blue Devils Win at St. Francis on Tuesday
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.
January 11, 2014 Men Fall to 0-2 in NEC Action With Loss to SFU
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