Junior Matt Hunter scored at least 18 points for the fifth straight game but the Central Connecticut men's basketball team dropped an 82-63 decision at home to Northeast on Friday night. With the loss the Blue Devils are now 4-5 overall. Northeastern improves to 5-6 with the victory. Hunter finished the game with a team-high 22 points.
Central's last lead in the game was 23-20 with 9:24 in the first half, but they would trail by only five at halftime, 35-30.
Northeastern took over in the second half, holding the Blue Devils to 38.2 percent shooting (13-of-34), and just 3-of-14 from three (21.4 percent). The Huskies outrebounded the Blue Devils 46-28, including 10 offensive boards that led to 11 points.
Two Huskies had double-doubles on the night, and Joel Smith led the offense with 27 points and seven rebounds. Jonathan Lee added 15 points and 12 boards, while Reggie Spenser had 15 points and 10 rebounds.
Hunter's 22 led the way offensively for the Blue Devils. He has scored 22, 22, 18, 40 and 22 in his last five games, upping his scoring average to 20.1 points per game on the season. He also led the team in rebounds (six), assists (six) and steals (three), while adding a block. Sophomore Kyle Vinales had 10 points but struggled from the field, hitting 4-of-13 and 2-of-7 from three. His scoring average is now 22.0 points per game.
Central returns to action at home on December 31 hosting St. Peter's beginning at 1 p.m. in Detrick Gym. The Blue Devils lost on the road to the Peacocks earlier this season.