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2010-11 Men's Basketball News

March 6, 2011
Men's Season Ends With Semifinal Loss at Long Island on Sunday
The Central Connecticut men's basketball season came to an end on Sunday afternoon with a 69-67 loss on the road to Long Island in the Northeast Conference semifinals. With the loss Central ends the year with a 19-12 overall mark. Long Island advances and will host NEC finals on Wednesday night, and is now 26-5 overall on the season. Junior Robby Ptacek led the Blue Devils with 15 points, 13 of which came in the second half.

March 3, 2011
Blue Devils, Terriers Set to Clash in NEC Quarterfinal Tonight in Detrick Gym
The fourth seed Central Connecticut men's basketball team is set to host fifth seed St. Francis (NY) tonight at 7 p.m. in Detrick Gym. The Blue Devils are hosting an NEC Tournament game for the first time in four seasons, and are an impressive 11-2 at home this season. NEC Player of the Year Ken Horton leads a Blue Devil team looking to advance to the semifinals this Sunday, at a site to be determined. Ticket windows open at 5 p.m.

March 3, 2011
Thompson and Ptacek Lead Blue Devils to Quarterfinal Win Over St. Francis (NY) on Thursday Night
Guards Shemik Thompson and Robby Ptacek combined for 32 points, seven assists and 10 rebounds as the Central Connecticut men's basketball team topped St. Francis (NY) in the quarterfinal round of the Northeast Conference Tournament on Thursday night. The Blue Devils will head to top seed Long Island on Sunday at 12 noon for a semifinal match-up with the Blackbirds. The game will be televised live on MSG.

March 1, 2011
Junior Ken Horton Named Northeast Conference Player of the Year
Junior Ken Horton was named the 2011 Northeast Conference men's basketball player of the year on Tuesday. Horton, who leads the league in scoring and is second in rebounding, is the fifth Central player to earn the honor in the last 12 seasons. The junior from Ossining, NY, missed the entire 2009-10 season with a injury, before returning this season to lead the Blue Devils to a fourth place finish in the league regular season standings. Horton was also named to the league's First Team All-Conference squad.

February 27, 2011
Ticket Information for Men's NEC Tournament Quarterfinal
The Central Connecticut men's basketball team will open the 2011 Northeast Conference Men's Basketball Tournament at home on Thursday night, Mar. 3, vs. St. Francis (NY) in Detrick Gym. Fans looking to buy tickets can do so during the dates and times listed below.

February 26, 2011
Men Drop Third Straight, Fall at Long Island on Saturday Afternoon
The Central Connecticut men's basketball team dropped to 18-11 overall and 11-7 in Northeast Conference play with a 86-72 #$%^loss on the road at Long Island on Saturday. The loss is the third straight and the fourth in the last five games for the Blue #$%^Devils. The Blue Devils will be the fourth seed in the upcoming NEC Tournament, and will host fifth seed St. Francis (NY) on Thursday night at 7 p.m. in Detrick Gym.

February 24, 2011
Men Fall 75-65 on the Road at St. Francis (NY) on Thursday Night in Brooklyn
Junior Ken Horton posted his 11th double-double of the season with 27 points and 12 rebounds but the Central Connecticut #$%^men's basketball team lost for the second straight game, and the third in their last four, dropping a 75-65 decision on the road at #$%^St. Francis (NY). With the loss the Blue Devils are now 18-10 overall and 11-6 in Northeast Conference play. The Terriers #$%^improve to 14-14 overall and 9-8 in the league with their third straight win.

February 21, 2011
Junior Ken Horton Named NEC Player of the Week for the Fifth Time This Season
Junior Ken Horton was named the Northeast Conference Player of the Week for the fifth time this season on Monday. Horton has been honored three straight weeks, four of the last five and five times overall this season. The Blue Devils went 1-1 last week with a win over Sacred Heart and a loss to Quinnipiac on Saturday. Horton has now scored in double-figures in 22 straight games for the Blue Devils. Central returns to action on Thursday night at St. Francis (NY) at 7 p.m.

February 19, 2011
Horton's Career-High 35 Not Enough as Blue Devils Fall by One to Quinnipiac
Junior Ken Horton scored a career-high 35 points and grabbed nine rebounds but the Central Connecticut men's basketball team dropped a 68-67 decision at home to Quinnipiac on Saturday afternoon. With the loss the Blue Devils drop to 18-9 overall and 11-5 in Northeast Conference play. The Bobcats are 19-8 and 11-5, and hold the tie breaker against the Blue Devils after winning both games between the two teams this season.

February 17, 2011
Blue Devils Win 18th of the Season, Top Sacred Heart 57-56
Junior Ken Horton scored 18 points, 14 in the second half, as the Central Connecticut men's basketball team topped Sacred Heart 57-56 at home on Thursday night. With the win Central improves to 18-8 overall and 11-4 in Northeast Conference play. The Blue Devils are 11-1 at home this season and play again in Detrick Gym on Saturday against Quinnipiac at 3:30 p.m.

February 14, 2011
Junior Ken Horton Named Choice Hotels NEC Player of the Week for the Second Straight Week
Junior forward Ken Horton was named the Choice Hotels Northeast Conference men's basketball player of the week for the second straight week and the fourth time this season on Monday. Horton put together one of his most productive weeks of the season in a pair of games again Bryant. The junior leads the NEC in scoring and rebounding for the 17-8 Blue Devils.

February 12, 2011
Win Streak Ends on the Road at Bryant on Saturday Afternoon
The Central Connecticut men's basketball team had its seven-game winning streak snapped on Saturday with an 85-80 overtime loss on the road at Bryant University. Junior Ken Horton posted his fourth straight and his 10th double-double of the season with 27 points and a career-high 16 rebounds in the loss. The Blue Devils fall to 17-8 overall and 10-4 in Northeast Conference play.

February 9, 2011
Horton, Blue Devils Win Seventh Straight With Home Victory Over Bryant
Junior Ken Horton scored 23 points and grabbed 11 rebounds as the Central Connecticut men's basketball team won its seventh straight game, 71-55, over visiting Bryant on Wednesday night. The Blue Devils improve to 17-7 overall with the victory, and 10-3 in the Northeast Conference. Central and Bryant will play again in just four days, at 4 p.m. on Saturday in Rhode Island.

February 7, 2011
Ken Horton Named Northeast Conference Choice Hotels Men's Basketball Player of the Week
Junior forward Ken Horton was named the Northeast Conference Choice Hotels men's basketball player of the week for the third time on Monday afternoon. Horton and the Blue Devils have won six in a row heading into Wednesday's night's home game with Bryant. Horton leads the league in scoring and is second in rebounding this season.

February 5, 2011
Central Wins Sixth Straight and Sweeps Trip to Western Pennsylvania for First Time Since 2001-02
The Central Connecticut men's basketball team won its sixth straight game on Saturday night, winning 80-58 on the road at Robert Morris. The win gives the Blue Devils a sweep of the Western Pennsylvania trip for the first time since the 2001-02 season. Central topped St. Francis (PA) on Thursday night. The win is the first for the Blue Devils at Robert Morris since the 2003-04 season. With the victory the Blue Devils improve to 16-7 overall and 9-3 in Northeast Conference play. They have won 12 of their last 14 games.

February 3, 2011
Men's Hoop Wins Fifth Straight With 86-79 Victory at St. Francis (PA) on Thursday Night
The Central Connecticut men's basketball team won its fifth straight game, topping St. Francis (PA) 86-79, on the road on Thursday night. Central led by as many as 29 points in the first half, and hit an amazing 35-of-45 from the free-throw line in earning the victory. With the win the Blue Devils improve to 15-7 overall and 8-3 in Northeast Conference play. The return to action on Saturday at 7 p.m. at Robert Morris.

January 29, 2011
Blue Devils Hang On For 75-71 Home Victory Over Wagner
Central Connecticut won for the fourth straight game and the 10th time in its last 12 games defeating Wagner 75-71 on Saturday afternoon in New Britain. Central led by as many as 24 in the second half and withstood a Wagner comeback to improve to 14-7 overall and 7-3 in Northeast Conference play. Junior Robby Ptacek led the offense with 25 points, including a 10-for-10 performance from the free-throw line.

January 27, 2011
Men's Basketball Game to be Played as Scheduled
Tonight's men's basketball game at 7 p.m. vs. Mount St. Mary's will be played as scheduled. The Blue Devils have won eight of their last 10 games and are 7-1 at home this season. Junior Ken Horton leads the league in scoring and rebounding entering tonight's game. The Mount is 7-14 overall and 5-3 in the Northeast Conference. The Blue Devils are 12-7 and 5-3.

January 27, 2011
Horton Leads Blue Devils to Home Victory Over Mount St. Mary's on Thursday
Junior Ken Horton posted his third straight double-double as the Central Connecticut men's basketball team won for the third straight game and the ninth time in the last 11 on Thursday night, topping Mount St. Mary's 71-52. Horton had game-highs of 18 points and 11 rebounds as the Blue Devils improved to 8-1 at home this season.

January 24, 2011
Junior Ken Horton Named Choice Hotels NEC Player of the Week for the Second Time
Central Connecticut junior forward Ken Horton has been named the Choice Hotels Northeast Conference Player of the Week for the second time this season. Horton and the Blue Devils won a pair of NEC games last week, including an overtime win at home over Fairleigh Dickinson on Saturday afternoon in which they trailed by five points with 31 seconds remaining. Horton averaged a double-double for the week.

January 22, 2011
Blue Devils Post Remarkable Comeback and Top Fairleigh Dickinson in Overtime
Trailing by five points with 31 seconds left in regulation, the Central Connecticut men's basketball team forced overtime at the buzzer and then rallied to top Fairleigh Dickinson in overtime on Saturday, 72-67. With time running out, senior Shemik Thompson took a pass from junior Ken Horton and scored the tying points to force overtime. The Blue Devils improve to 12-7 overall and 5-3 in Northeast Conference play. They won for the eight time in the last 10 games.

January 20, 2011
Ken Horton Leads Men's Hoop to 66-47 Victory on the Road at Monmouth on Thursday
Junior Ken Horton recorded his fourth double-double of the season as the Central Connecticut men's basketball team topped Monmouth on the road on Thursday night, 66-47. Horton finished the game with 28 points and matched his career-high with 14 rebounds. The win is the seventh in the last nine games for the Blue Devils and runs their record to 11-7 overall and 4-3 in the Northeast Conference. Monmouth falls to 5-14 overall and 1-6 in the league.

January 15, 2011
Comeback Falls Short as Men's Basketball Loses to Quinnipiac
The Central Connecticut men's basketball team fell to Quinnipiac on Saturday afternoon. The Blue Devils scored 44 second half points to pull to 67-65, but still came up short against the Bobcats. Junior Chris Baskerville had his second career double-double, as he tied his career-high in points with 16 and set a new career-high 14 rebounds. The loss drops the Blue Devils to 10-7 on the season and 3-3 in Northeast Conference action.

January 13, 2011
Men's Basketball Rebounds with 88-75 Win on the Road at Sacred Heart
Juniors Robby Ptacek and Ken Horton combined for 52 points and the Central Connecticut men's basketball team won for the sixth time in the last seven games with a 88-75 win on the road at Sacred Heart. It marked the first road Northeast Conference win for the Blue Devils who are now 10-6 overall and 3-2 in the NEC.

January 8, 2011
Win Streak Ends for Men's Hoop With 72-67 Loss at Home to Long Island
Junior Ken Horton posted the third 30 point game of his career but it wasn't enough as the Central Connecticut men's basketball team saw its five-game win streak come to an end with a 72-67 loss at home to Long Island on Saturday. Junior Robby Ptacek added 22 points but the Blue Devils lost at home for the first time this season. Central is now 9-6 overall and 2-2 in Northeast Conference play. LIU is 11-4 and 3-1.

January 6, 2011
Men's Basketball Wins Fifth Straight, Tops St. Francis (NY) 61-43 on Thursday Night
Junior Robby Ptacek posted his fourth 20 point game of the season as the Central Connecticut men's basketball team won for the fifth straight game on Thursday night, 61-43, over St. Francis (NY). The win improves to the Blue Devils to 9-5 overall and 2-1 in Northeast Conference play. They return to action on Saturday hosting Long Island at 3:30 p.m.

January 3, 2011
Men's Basketball Cruises to 92-63 Home Victory Over UMass on Monday Night
Three players scored 24 or more points as the Central Connecticut men's basketball team rolled to a 92-63 victory over the University of Massachusetts on Monday night. The win is the fourth straight overall as Central moves to 8-5 on the season, returning to conference play this Thursday night. Central shot 56 percent from the field and hit 10-of-18 threes in the victory. They also held the Minutemen to two assists and forced 22 turnovers.

December 29, 2010
Men's Hoop Back Home on Wednesday Night Hosting Brown
The Central Connecticut men's basketball team has won six straight at home and plays host to Brown in Detrick Gym on Wednesday at 7 p.m. Junior Ken Horton became the 33rd player to reach 1,000 career points for CCSU, and is the fastest in the school's Division I history to reach that milestone (68 games). Central and Brown are meeting for the fifth time, with both teams having won twice in the series. Tip is 7 p.m. The game will air at 6:30 p.m. on ESPN Radio 1410 in Hartford and ESPN Radio 1300 in New Haven.

December 29, 2010
Men's Basketball's Wins Third Straight, 67-51, Over Brown at Home on Wednesday Night
Juniors Robby Ptacek and Ken Horton combined for 35 points and 15 rebounds as Central Connecticut ran its winning streak to three games with a 67-51 home victory over Brown on Wednesday night. The win moves the Blue Devils to 7-5 overall and a perfect 4-0 at home this season. They return to action on Monday night hosting UMass at 7 p.m.

December 22, 2010
Blue Devils to Host Holiday Toy Drive on Wednesday, Dec. 22 at Men's Basketball Game vs. New Hampshire
The Central Connecticut State University Department of Athletics will host a new toy drive on Wednesday night, Dec. 22 during the home men's basketball game vs. the University of New Hampshire. Fans are asked to bring one unwrapped toy to the game, and in exchange will receive one free general admission ticket. All of the toys will be donated the following day to the Connecticut Children's Medical Center in Hartford.

December 22, 2010
Horton Scores 1,000th Career Point as Blue Devils Roll to 71-50 Victory Over New Hampshire
Junior Ken Horton became the 33rd player in CCSU men's basketball history to score 1,000 career points as the Blue Devils rolled to a 71-50 home victory over New Hampshire on Wednesday night. The win is the second straight for the Blue Devils who are now 6-5 overall and a perfect 3-0 at home. Horton finished the game with 19 points and eight rebounds to lead Central. They return to action next Wednesday night hosting Brown at 7 p.m.

December 19, 2010
Horton and Thompson Record Double-Doubles in Home Victory Over Niagara on Sunday Afternoon
Junior Ken Horton and senior Shemik Thompson each recorded double-doubles as the Central Connecticut men's basketball team snapped a four-game losing streak with a 74-71 home victory over Niagara on Sunday. The win evens Central's record at 5-5 on the season while Niagara falls to 3-8. Horton had 25 points and 10 rebounds. Thompson had 10 points and a season-high 10 assists. Central plays again at home on Wednesday night hosting New Hampshire at 7 p.m.

December 11, 2010
Men's Basketball Drops 64-63 Decision at Albany on Saturday Night on the Road
Junior guard Robby Ptacek matched his career-high with 26 points, but the Blue Devils dropped their fourth straight game 64- #$%^63 on the road at Albany on Saturday night. Central rallied from an 18-point deficit in the second half to take a three point lead in #$%^the final minute of play. The Great Danes scored seven of the final 10 points to come away with the victory. The Blue Devils #$%^are now 4-5 overall on the season.

December 7, 2010
Men's Basketball Almost Pulls Off Stunner on the Road at Dayton on Tuesday Night
Central Connecticut had a chance to win in the final seconds but a three-point shot from senior Markeys Deans rimmed out and Dayton held on for a 63-61 win on Tuesday night. Deans finished with a career-high 22 points in the loss, and the Blue Devils drop to 4-4 overall on the season. They return to action on Saturday night at Albany at 7 p.m.

December 4, 2010
Men's Hoop Drops Second Straight, 48-46, on the Road at FDU
The Central Connecticut men's basketball team dropped its second straight game on Saturday, 48-46, on the road at Fairleigh Dickinson. With the loss the Blue Devils fall to 4-3 overall and 1-1 in Northeast Conference action. Senior Markeys Deans had 11 points and juniors Ken Horton and Robby Ptacek each added 10 in the loss.

November 29, 2010
Men's Hoop Falls at Providence on Monday Night to Move to 4-2 Overall
The Central Connecticut men's basketball team trailed by just one at halftime, but Providence College used a strong second half to come away with a 92-57 victory on Monday night. The Blue Devils are now 4-2 on the year and will return to conference play on Saturday on the road at Fairleigh Dickinson at 4 p.m. Junior Ken Horton led the offense with 15 points, including 13 in the first half.

November 27, 2010
Men's Hoop Moves to 4-1 With Conference Victory Over Monmouth on Saturday in New Britain
The Central Connecticut men's basketball team won its conference opener in overtime on Saturday, topping Monmouth 54-50. Central was led by sophomore forward Joe Efese who had a game-high 15 points and added seven rebounds. The Blue Devils, who started the season 3-0 before falling to Penn State on Monday night, are 4-1 for the first time since the beginning of the 2001-02 season.

November 26, 2010
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November 22, 2010
Ken Horton Named Choice Hotels Men's Basketball NEC Player of the Week
Junior forward Ken Horton wasted little time making an impact in his first season back from injury. The junior from Ossining, NY was named the Northeast Conference Choice Hotels men's basketball player of the week on Monday. Horton and the Blue Devils have started the 2010-11 season 3-0, the best start since the 1998-99 season for the Blue Devils. They play tonight at Penn State, it will be televised live on the Big Ten Network at 7 p.m.

November 22, 2010
Men's Basketball Suffers First Loss of the Season at Penn State on Monday Night
The Central Connecticut men's basketball team suffered its first loss of the season on Monday night on the road at Penn State, 77-61. The Blue Devils, who opened this season 3-0 for the first time in over a decade, are now 3-1 on the season and will play again this Saturday at home against Monmouth at 2 p.m. Central and Monmouth are playing the earliest Northeast Conference game in exactly 10 seasons. The game is also the home opener for CCSU.

November 20, 2010
Shemik Thompson Scores 1,000th Career Point as Men's Basketball Improves to 3-0 With Win at UMBC
The Central Connecticut men's basketball team has started the season 3-0 for the first time since the 1998-99 season following an 82-74 victory on the road at UMBC on Saturday night. Senior Shemik Thompson became the 32nd player in school history to reach 1,000 career points. Central returns to action on Monday night at Penn State, beginning at 7 p.m. The game will air live on the Big Ten Network.

November 15, 2010
Men's Basketball Runs to 101-87 Victory on the Road at Army on Monday Night
Junior Ken Horton scored a career-high 34 points and senior Shemik Thompson had 25 as Central Connecticut topped Army 101-87 on Monday night in West Point, NY. The Blue Devils are 2-0 for the first time since the 2000-01 season, and scored 100 points for only the sixth time under 15-year head coach Howie Dickenman. Central is 5-1 in those games, and won for the 22nd straight time when scoring 80 or more points.

November 13, 2010
Men's Basketball Opens the Season with 64-62 Win Over Hartford in the Connecticut 6 Classic
Senior Shemik Thompson scored 16 points and added three steals as the Central Connecticut men's basketball team opened the 2010-11 season with a 64-62 win over Hartford in the Connecticut 6 Classic at the Mohegan Sun Arena on Friday night. Junior Vince Rosario matched his career-high with 17 points in the win, as the Blue Devils won their opener for the first time in five seasons. Central returns to action on Monday night at Army at 7 p.m.

November 3, 2010
Men's Basketball Picked Fourth in NEC Preseason Coaches Poll; Horton Selected to Preseason Team
The Central Connecticut men's basketball team was picked to finish fourth in the 2010-11 Northeast Conference Preseason men's basketball coaches poll released on Wednesday. Junior forward Ken Horton, who sat out last season with an injury, was chosen to the preseason All-Conference Team for the second straight season.

October 28, 2010
Alumni Association to Host Basketball Tip-Off Dinner with Howie Dickenman and Beryl Piper
The CCSU Alumni Association wil host a basketball tip-off dinner with head coaches Beryl Piper and Howie Dickenman on Wednesday night, November 10 at 6 p.m. The dinner will be held on campus in the Constitution Room in Memorial Hall and is $20 per person. The event will showcase the two head coaches and feature previews from both regarding the upcoming basketball seasons.

October 15, 2010
Men's Basketball Participates in Alzheimer's Association Memory Walk at Bushnell Park on Oct. 3
The Central Connecticut men's basketball team participated in the Alzheimer's Association Memory Walk held at Bushnell Park on Sunday, Oct. 3. This year marked the fifth straight year that the Blue Devils have participated in the walk. The players and coaching staff raised $730 to benefit the Alzheimer's Association, Connecticut Chapter.

October 13, 2010
Sophomore Devan Bailey Captures Blue Devil Run With Record Time on Wednesday Afternoon
Sophomore Devan Bailey captured the 15th Annual Blue Devil Run on Wednesday afternoon with a record-breaking time of 22:19 in New Britain. His time breaks the previous mark of 22:35 set by former Blue Devil Jon Popofski set in 2001. Bailey was running in the run for the first time, he missed last season's Blue Devil Run because of an injury. The Blue Devil run takes place on a 3.7 mile course adjacent to the Central campus.

October 7, 2010
Basketball Season Ticket Brochure Now Available!
The men's and women's basketball seasons are only a month away, and fans can now download the 2010-11 season ticket brochure online. The teams will combine for 25 exciting home games this season, and season ticket packages include one ticket to the men's Connecticut 6 game vs. Hartford on Nov. 13. The women's team opens its home season on Friday night, Nov. 12 against Hartford. The men's home schedule includes a visit from UMass in January. Act now to reserve your season tickets for exciting Blue Devil basketball.