Men's Basketball Heads to Boston College to Begin Three-Game Road Stretch

Men's Basketball Heads to Boston College to Begin Three-Game Road Stretch
The Central Connecticut men's basketball team begins a stretch of three straight road games with a trip to Boston College on Sunday, Dec. 15. Tipoff is slated for 1:00 p.m. from Conte Forum. Sunday's game is carried on ACC Network Extra.
 
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Central Connecticut begins the final stretch of the non-conference slate with Sunday's game. Central will play three straight road games before one game at home ahead of the start of conference play. The Blue Devils are coming off a second straight two-point loss and are in search of the season's first win. Boston College has won its last two games and is 2-0 in ACC play after being picked 13th in the league's preseason poll.. 
 
SERIES HISTORY • Boston College has won the previous five meetings in the series...The teams are meeting for the second time in three seasons...BC won the last meeting, 84-65, on Dec. 17, 2017.
 
Opening Notes
• Central Connecticut begins a three-game road swing with a contest at Boston College on Sunday afternoon.
• The Blue Devils will play three road games before hosting Connecticut College on Dec. 29 to wrap up non-conference play.
 
WITH A CCSU WIN TODAY...
• CCSU would get its first win of the season and a win would mark the second straight year CCSU got its first victory of the season on the road.
• Central would post its first win in six tries against Boston College. The teams are playing for the second time in three seasons.
 
Central Newcomers Lead the Way
• With a roster featuring 10 players in their first year with the program, the Blue Devils have relied on their newcomers through to begin the season.
• Six of seven players playing 20+ minutes are in their first year at CCSU and four of CCSU's top-5 scorers are all newcomers. The 10 newcomers have contributed 77.9% (395-of-507) of the Blue Devils' scoring through eight games.
• In the final 4:45 vs. Maine, CCSU used a lineup of 5 newcomers, outscoring Maine 12-5 the rest of the way to comeback and nearly erase a 16-point deficit
 
CCSU Roster Has a Fresh Look
• CCSU is one of 14 schools nationally with 7 or more freshmen on the roster and per KenPom, the Blue Devils are the 4th-youngest in terms of D1 experience. 
• Central Connecticut has 11 underclassmen and a total of 10 players in their first year with the program and has started at least 3 first-year players in every game, including three freshmen against Hartford.
• The Blue Devils also feature two junior college transfers (Ayangma, Newkirk) and a senior transfer (Rowe) who are in their first season of eligibility with the program. 
 
Baker Cooks in 2nd Half Against Maine
Myles Baker finished with 15 points vs. Maine, scoring 13 points after halftime, nearly bringing CCSU back from 16 down.
• He poured in 11 points in the final 4:59 and got Central within 65-64 with :12 to play before coming up short.
 
Outlaw Named NEC Rookie of the Week
Greg Outlaw was named Northeast Conference Rookie of the Week on Dec. 2 following his play at UMass Lowell.
• He had a career-high 16 points on 7-12 shooting. He scored 5 straight to spark a 9-3 run and give CCSU a late 71-70 lead.
 
Coleman Hitting His Stride
Jamir Coleman has scored 10+ in 4 straight games and has shot .600 (24-of-40) from the field in that span. He had a season-high 27 points (12-16 fg) at UMass Lowell.
• He is CCSU's leading returnee with 12.3 points, 6.1 rebounds per game last season. He had 4 20-point games and 5 double-doubles.
 
Blue Devils Taking Care of the Ball
• Since committing a season-high 24 turnovers at UMass, Central gave it away a season-low in three straight games.
• CCSU turned the ball over just 8 times against Columbia, while forcing the Lions into 11 turnovers.
• In the last 5 games, CCSU has a +2 turnover margin.
 
Reed Named All-Tournament
Jamir Reed was named to the Hall of Fame Tip-Off All-Tournament Team for the Springfield Bracket.
• In two games at Mohegan Sun, he averaged 12.5 ppg and 4.0 rpg. He had a career-high 14 points vs. Columbia.
 
An International Roster
• The Blue Devils' program has student-athletes from 4 countries (including the United States) in 2019-20.
• CCSU has 12 student-athletes representing 9 states and England (Thai Segwai), Cameroon (Stephane Ayungma) and Nigeria (Ola Olamuyiwa).
• Central is among a group of 46 schools with student-athletes representing 3+ foreign countries.
 
Marshall Among Former NBA Players Coaching
• CCSU head coach Donyell Marshall enjoyed a 15-year career in the NBA playing with eight teams.
• Marshall, who was the 4th overall pick in the 1994 NBA Draft, is one of six former Top-10 picks currently coaching.
• Marshall was UConn's first consensus First-Team All-American as a junior in 1994. He is one of eight former consesus First-Team All-Americans now coaching Division I.
 
Blue Devils vs. Postseason Participants
• In 2019-20, CCSU will face seven teams that played in the postseason last year. Fairleigh Dickinson, St. John's, Arizona St., Vermont (NCAA); Saint Francis U (NIT); Robert Morris and St. Francis Brooklyn (CIT) all made postseason trips last year.
• CCSU is 0-3 against postseason participants from last year. In 2018-19, the Blue Devils went 1-10 against eight teams that played in the postseason the previous year.
 
Working Overtime
• The Blue Devils are 5-4 under Donyell Marshall in overtime games. CCSU was 2-0 in OT during the 2018-19 season.
• CCSU defeated Fairleigh Dickinson in 2ot (1/10/19) - the 7th multi-overtime in program history since going D1 in 1986-87. 
 
Central and the Three-Point Shot
• CCSU has made a three-pointer in 138 straight games dating back to Feb. 5, 2015 at St. Francis Brooklyn.
• As a team, the Blue Devils rank 5th in the NEC (.327) in three-point accuracy. CCSU hit a season-high 9 against UNH.
 
Central Comes Up Just Short
• Central has suffered back-to-back two-point defeats.
• The Blue Devils have suffered consecutive losses by 2 points or fewer for the first time since Jan. 21 (at Sacred Heart, 61-62) and Jan. 26, 2012 (Monmouth, 56-58 ot).
 
Senator Olamuyiwa
• Freshman Ola Olamuyiwa was sworn in as a student body senator on the CCSU SGA Student Senate on Oct. 9.
• Olamuyiwa was also student government president at The Patrick School prior to coming to Central.
• Olamuyiwa and his teammates had the opportunity to meet with U.S. Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT) when he visited the CCSU campus earlier in the fall.
• The SGA Student Senate meets weekly on Wednesdays and is seen as a "voice" for the undergraduate student body.
 
Northeast Conference Preseason Coaches Poll
• Central was picked 10th in the preseason coaches poll at NEC Social Media Day in Brooklyn, NY, at Barclay's Center on Oct. 23. Complete poll (first place votes):
• The Preseason All-NEC Team included Saint Francis U senior Keith Braxton, the 2018-19 NEC Player of the Year, was a unanimous selection, along with Raiquan Clark (Sr., LIU) and Jahlil Jenkins (Jr., Fairleigh Dickinson). E.J. Anosike (Jr., Sacred Heart) and Adam Grant (Sr., Bryant) rounded out the preseason selections.
 
CCSU Posts Marks Among Program's Best in 2018-19
• In 2018-19, CCSU set a single-season Northeast Conference record making 78.2% of free throws (previously 77.2% - Wagner, 2010-11). The mark ranked 5th in the NCAA. 
• Central tied the 4th-best single-game mark in program history by hitting 13 three-pointers at Fairleigh Dickinson on Jan. 10, 2019.  Central would end the season with 201 three-pointers on the year to post the 6th-best single-season total.
• CCSU blocked 110 shots, the 9th-most in program-history and most since 2013-14 (146).
• Individually, Ian Krishnan made 71 three-pointers - the 9th-most in a season - including 7 in a win at Fairleigh Dickinson, which is the 10th most in a game in CCSU history.
 
Blue Devils Welcome Alex Inyatkin
• CCSU teamed with Team IMPACT to bring 12-year-old Alex Inyatkin into the men's basketball program.
• The Blue Devils held a signing ceremony on April 24 in the Athletic Department that included Alex and his family.
• Inyatkin will be with the team for the season and attend games, practices and other team functions.
• Team IMPACT connects children facing serious and chronic illnesses with local college athletic teams, forming life-long bonds and life-changing outcomes. 
 
84 YEARS OF CCSU BASKETBALL
• This is the 84th season of men's basketball at Central Connecticut. CCSU is 1,112-962 all-time (.536).
• Bill Detrick is the school's all-time winningest coach, having won 468 games in 29 seasons as head coach.
• CCSU's first year of competition was in 1934-35 under coach Harrison J. Kaiser, the athletic building's namesake.
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