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Men's Basketball Faces Boston College Thursday Night

Men's Basketball Faces Boston College Thursday Night

The Central Connecticut men's basketball team will travel to Boston College on Thursday for a 6:00 p.m. game against the Eagles at Conte Forum.  The contest will be carried on ESPN3.com. 

Central will be looking to rebound after falling at Penn, 77-61, on Sunday afternoon. Senior Brandon Peel posted his second straight double-double and led CCSU with 17 points and 10 rebounds. Junior Khalen Cumberlander added 16 points, eight rebounds and four assists.

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Series Notes
• Central Connecticut is facing Boston College for the fourth time since 1996-97.
• The previous three games have all been played at BC, with the Eagles winning the last meeting, 80-65, on Nov. 14, 2008. 
• The Blue Devils will be playing a current ACC school for the first time since playing at Syracuse in 2012-13.

Peel Leads NEC Returnees
• Not only is forward Brandon Peel the only senior for CCSU, but he is among the returning senior stats leaders of the Northeast Conference.
• Peel is the NEC's active scoring leader with 650 career points and he is just one of eight players in the league to enter the season with at least 500 points.
• With consecutive 10-rebound games, Peel is unsurprisingly the league's leading rebounder with 636 boards in his career.
• Peel is also the NEC's active leader with 137 blocked shots.

Blue Devils on TV
• Central will be making its first TV appearance of the 2015-16 season when it plays on ESPN3 at Boston College.
• In addition to all of its home games being on NEC Front Row, CCSU will appear on TV a total of five more times this season.
• CCSU will have games on ESPN3 (at Boston College, Wagner), ESPNU (at Connecticut), and the Big Ten Network (at Rutgers) along with games on the Northeast Conference television package vs. LIU Brooklyn and at St. Francis Brooklyn.

History - 1,074 Wins
• This season marks the 79th season of Central basketball.
• CCSU's first year of competition was the 1934-35 season under coach Harrison J. Kaiser, whom the athletic building is named after.
• Central carries an overall record of 1,074-868 for a .553 winning percentage. 

Dickenman in Overtime
• Central fell to Hartford, 92-83, in double-overtime in the opener.
• CCSU has played 32 overtime game under head coach Howie Dickenman and have a 22-10 record in 20 seasons. 
• CCSU had won five straight OT games dating to Jan. 26, 2012 (56-58, Monmouth).

Common Opponents
• For the second game in a row, CCSU will face an opponent that played a Northeast Conference school in the previous game.
• Boston College is coming off a 75-49 win over St. Francis Brooklyn on Nov. 14, while Penn defeated Robert Morris, 76-75, to open the season before facing Central.
• BC will also face UMass Lowell, Maine and Fordham - three teams that Central Connecticut will play as well over the next month of the season. 

Cumberlander's Opening Act
• Junior Khalen Cumberlander opened the season by nearly notching a triple-double with 19 points, 12 rebounds and eight assists.
• The double-double was the first of Cumberlander's career and he notched career-highs in both rebounds (12) and assists (8).
• Cumberlander's production came while playing a career-high 49 minutes against the Hawks in the opener.
• Dating back to last season, Cumberlander has scored double-figures in each of his past six games.

Sharing The Scoring
• Central had five players score in double-figures against Hartford in the season-opener.
• Khalen Cumberlander led the way with 19 points, Brandon Peel added 15 and Mustafa Jones had 13 points. Freshmen Austin Nehls (14) and Jahlil Nails (11) also scored double-figures in their first collegiate game.
• It marked the first time since Nov. 26, 2013 against Rider that Central had five players score in double-figures.

Central Connecticut in the Northeast Conference
• CCSU has posted a 144-108 record (.571) in NEC regular season play over the last 13 seasons (19-1 in 2001-02, 12-6 in 02-03, 9-9 in 03-04, 8-10 in 04-05, 13-5 in 05-06, 16-2 in 06-07, 10-8 in 07-08, 8-10 in 08-09, 9-9 in 09-10, 11-7 in 2010-11, 10-8 in 2011-12, 9-9 in 2012-13, 7-9 in 2013-14 and 3-15 in 2014-15).
• They are 82-44 (.651) at home and 62-64 (.492) away.

• Senior Brandon Peel had eight double-doubles last season and posted the 14th of his career with 17 pts and 10 reb at Penn.
• Peel has posted five double-doubles in his last eight games. 
• Junior Khalen Cumberlander posted the first of his career with 19 points and 12 rebounds against Hartford.

Peel's Blocks - Fifth All-Time
• Senior Brandon Peel recorded five blocks in the opener and has pushed his career total to 136 blocks, fifth all-time at CCSU.
• Joe Efese (150) is next up for Peel on the career list.

Early NEC Stat Leaders
• In the early going of the season, Central is among the conference leaders in some categories. CCSU is averaging an NEC-best 6.5 blocked shots per game.
• Brandon Peel and Khalen Cumberlander are tied atop the rebounding chart with 10.0 per game. 
• Peel also has a league-high 3.0 blocks/game.

Peel Again
• With 10 boards at Penn senior Brandon Peel has grabbed double-digit rebounds in 24 career games.
• Peel is tied with teammate, Khalen Cumberlander, atop the Northeast Conference rebounding standings with 10.0 per game.
• Peel grabbed a career-high 18 rebounds against Robert Morris on Jan. 10, 2015. He had 11 rebounds at the break.

50 Points Allowed
• Central's defense allowed a season-low 47 points in a 56-47 win over Hartford last season. 
• The Blue Devils went 3-0 when holding opponents to 50 or fewer points. This marked the first time since 2010-11 that CCSU had three games of allowing 50 or fewer points.
• Central has won five straight when holding opponents below 50 dating to a 48-46 loss at FDU in 2010-11.  

Dickenman Milestone
• Head Coach Howie Dickenman, now in his 20th season at his alma mater, reached two milestones in a win over UMBC last year.
• Dickenman became the second coach in school history to record his 275th victory, while at the same time he recorded his 150th career home victory with the win over the Retrievers.
• Dickenman trails only his former head coach Bill Detrick in career wins.  Detrick won 468 games in 29 seasons.

Central and the Three-Point Shot - A New Streak Begins
• The Blue Devils had a streak of 557 games with a three-pointer stopped at Wagner on Jan. 31, 2015.
• Central had made a three in every game since February 29, 1996 at the University of Missouri-KC in a 76-69 loss, before going 0-for-6 vs. the Seahawks, marking the first time under head coach Howie Dickenman CCSU did not make a three.
• CCSU has hit a three-pointer in each of the 10 games since having its streak snapped.

Up Next:
• Central will return home after consecutive road games and will host Binghamton on Tuesday, Nov. 24, at 7:00 p.m.
• The series dates back to Nov. 28, 2005, when the Blue Devils won 69-66 at Binghamton.
• CCSU is 4-0 in the series, but the teams have not met since Nov. 25, 2008.





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