Men's Basketball Returns Home Against Penn on Tuesday

Men's Basketball Returns Home Against Penn on Tuesday

Central Connecticut is back in action on Tuesday night with a home contest against Penn. Tip off is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. and can be streamed live on NECFrontRow. The Blue Devils are 1-2 on the year after slipping at Binghamton, 72-70, last week. The Quakers are 1-1 after falling at Miami, 74-62, on Saturday.

Bruce Biel (play-by-play) and Marc Robbins (analyst) will call the game for CCSU on News Radio 1410

CCSU (1-2) vs. Penn (1-1) |  7:00 PM  |  NEC Front Row  |  Live Stats  |  Listen (News Radio 1410)
CCSU Notes  |  Penn Notes

Series Notes:
•  Penn leads, 1-0. 
•  First Meeting: Nov. 15, 2015 (Penn, 77-61)
•  Last Meeting: Nov. 15, 2015 (Penn, 77-61)
•  Last CCSU Win: n/a

Food Item Collection • CCSU athletics will be collecting non-perishable food items at tonight's basketball game to be donated to the Friendship Service Center of New Britain. Fans attending the game are encouraged to donate items such as canned goods, coffee, sugar and pasta, as CCSU athlatics will be collecting the donated items to be given to the Friendship Service Center of New Britain in an effort to share during the holiday season and think of those who are less fortunate.

Blue Devils Sign Two •  Eduardo Camacho and Talek Williams signed with CCSU during the November early-signing period. Camacho is a 6-1 guard from Miami, FL. He was named 2nd Team All-State after averaging 19.0 points and 9.0 assists per game as a junior. Williams is a 6-2 guard from Allentown, PA. He averaged 19.8 points and 6.8 rebounds per game and was named an EPC First Team All-Star as a junior.

Ross Added To Staff • Donyell Marshall announced the addition of Anthony Ross to his staff as an assistant coach. Ross comes to CCSU after serving as an assistant at East Stroudsburg University, his alma mater, last season. ESU went 21-7 and advanced to the PSAC Quarterfinals with him on staff. Ross was the head coach at Penn State-Lehigh Valley for three seasons and was an assistant at Moravian College prior to that. He replaces Obie Nwadike who took a job with the NBA in China just before the season.
Next Up • Central will travel to Maine on Wednesday, Nov. 30. After returning home to host Brown on Saturday, Dec. 3, the Blue Devils will play seven straight road games to close out the calendar year.

Last Time Out •  CCSU fell at Binghamton, 72-70, on Nov. 16 at the Events Center. The Blue Devils erased a six-point deficit in the second half to take a late lead before a Bearcats three-pointer provided the difference in the contest.
   Central erased a 64-58 deficit with 4:58 to play with six unanswered points to tie the game with 2:34 to play. The Bearcats took a 69-66 lead with just over a minute left before two foul shots and a steal and layup by Khalen Cumberlander put CCSU in front 70-69 with 37 seconds left.
   Following a timeout, BU got J.C. Show's eighth three-pointer of the night for the eventual game-winner with 0:17 remaining.  Central led throughout the first half and a layup by Harrison Kay under the basket helped make it 29-24 at the break.
   Four players scored in double-figures for CCSU, led by Mustafa Jones' 16 points. Tafari Whittingham added 15 points and a team-high seven rebounds, while Cumberlander finished with 12 points Austin Nehls finished with 11 points.
   The Blue Devils had 16 assists against 10 turnovers, led by Eric Bowles who dished out four assists with no turnovers. Central shot 50.0 percent (27-of-54) for the game, including 60.9 percent in the second half.