Four players scored in double-figures to lead the Central Connecticut men's basketball team past Nyack College, 65-62, in an exhibition game on Thursday night at Detrick Gymnasium. Junior Tyler Kohl scored a game-high 21 points to go with nine rebounds, five assists and three steals for the Blue Devils.
Central opens the 2017-18 regular season on Friday, Nov. 10, at Hartford in an 8:00 p.m. tipoff.
Central would lead by as many as five points in the first half, the last lead coming midway through the period after a layup by Harrison Kay made it 20-15.
The Warriors would use an 8-0 run to build a four-point lead at 26-22 after a layup by Jah-Meer McDuffie.
CCSU trailed, 31-26, at halftime but opened the second half with a 10-1 run capped off by a dunk by Jones with 16:35 to play to make it 36-32. Kohl added four points in the spurt, while sophomore Tyson Batiste had a pair of assists in the run.
The teams would go back-and-forth until the Warriors took their final lead at 55-50, following seven straight points. Following a 30-second timeout, the Blue Devils would score seven straight points to retake the lead and did not trail the rest of the way. Junior Deion Bute would hit a foul shot to make it 57-55 with 3:52 to play.
The Central defense would limit the Warriors to just one field goal during a five-minute span down the stretch and the Blue Devils would hit 8-of-10 at the foul line in the final 1:32 to close out the scoring.
CCSU shot 43.8 percent (21-of-48) from the field for the game and outrebounded Nyack, 36-27. The Warriors shot 41.1 percent (23-of-56) from the field for the game.
The Blue Devils open the 2017-18 season on Friday, Nov. 10 at Hartford.