The Central Connecticut men's basketball team was stopped by Saint Francis U, 93-69, in Northeast Conference action on Saturday afternoon at Detrick Gym. The Blue Devils fall to 1-14 overall and 0-2 in league play, while Saint Francis is now 8-5 overall and 1-1 in the NEC. Central heads to Brooklyn for its first NEC road game on Thursday against LIU at 7:00 p.m.
Freshmen Greg Outlaw and Myles Baker led CCSU with 16 and 15 points, respectively. The Blue Devils were 25-of-63 (.397) from the field and 4-of-15 (.267) from the arc. CCSU went 15-of-21 (.714) at the foul line. Central committed just 10 turnovers, while forcing the Red Flash into 23.
Isaiah Blackmon hit eight three-pointers and led four Red Flash in double-figures with 28 points. Keith Braxton added 16 points, eight rebounds and six assists. SFU shot 32-of-63 (.508) overall and was 14-of-22 (.636) from three-point range. The Red Flash went 15-of-23 (.652) at the foul line and outrebounded the Blue Devils, 51-25.
Score: Central Connecticut 69, Saint Francis U 93
Records: CCSU (1-14, 0-2 NEC), SFU (8-5, 1-1 NEC)
Location: Detrick Gymnasium | New Britain, CT
- The Red Flash used an 11-0 run midway through the opening half to build a 44-19 lead following three straight three-pointers. SFU opened the game making 8-of-11 from the arc. Keith Braxton, who made his first five shots including two three-pointers, paced SFU to a 51-33 lead at halftime.
- Saint Francis outscored CCSU, 8-2, early in the second half and pushed its lead to 65-39 after a layup by Myles Thompson.
- The Red Flash went 6-of-10 from three-point range after halftime and never allowed CCSU to get closer than 53-35 after halftime, holding the Blue Devils to 1-of-10 from the arc. SFU took its largest lead of the game at 90-57 with 4:32 to play.
NUMBER TO KNOW
23 - CCSU forced 23 turnovers for the second straight game. Central's +13 turnover margin was its second-best of the season and CCSU is +33 in the past three games.
- Saint Francis U has won four straight in the series and evened the all-time series at 22-22.
- Outlaw finished 6-of-9 from the field, while Baker was 4-of-10.
- Junior Stephane Ayangma grabbed a team-high four rebounds.
- Freshman Jamir Reed added eight points, while classmate Xavier Wilson had seven points, three boards and two steals.
- Sophomore Ian Krishnan was 7-of-17 from three-point range on the year, but was held without an attempt from the arc. He finished with seven points.
Central heads to Brooklyn for its first NEC road game on Thursday against LIU at 7:00 p.m.