The Central Connecticut men's basketball team dropped to 0-2 on the season with a 109-73 loss on the road at Purdue on Wednesday night. Junior Faronte Drakeford led the Blue Devils with 16 points and 11 rebounds on the night, both career-highs in his second game as a Blue Devil. The double-double is the first for Drakeford at CCSU, and the first for the Blue Devils this season.
Purdue is now 2-0 with the victory. Central returns to action on Saturday afternoon playing at Northeastern at 4 p.m.
Central led by as any as six in the first half, but the Boilermakers used an 18-0 run to climb out to a big first half lead, and led 54-32 at halftime. During the run the Blue Devils went cold from the field, finally stopping the run with a Drakeford bucket with 8:50 left in the first half.
Drakeford led all scorers at the break with 14. He hit 7-of-10 from the field. Central was just 15-of-40 from the field before halftime, but held a slight 24-23 advantage on the boards. Drakeford had eight.
Junior Kyle Vinales had a big second half for CCSU, posting his 30th career game with 20 or more points. He scored 20 points in the half and finished the game with 22 points to lead the Blue Devils. He hit three threes and added three assists. He went over 1,200 career points in his career at CCSU.
Drakeford's 16 points came on 8-of-15 shooting. He also added two assists, one block and two steals on the night. Central had seven steals in the game. Freshman Matt Mobley added 10 points for a new career-high.
Senior Terrell Allen added nine points and seven rebounds in the loss. He was 4-of-11 from the field and added an assist and a steal.
Purdue was led by Terone Johnson who had 17 points. A.J. Hammons had 12 points, seven blocks and five rebounds for the Boilermakers.
The Blue Devils return to action on Saturday at 4 p.m. at Northeastern. Fans can listen in Hartford on Fox Sports Radio 1410, in New Haven on ESPN Radio 1300 and online and on their mobile device at www.iHeartRadio.com.
July 23, 2014 Greg Collucci Named Assistant Coach
July 14, 2014 Obie Nwadike Named Assistant Coach
April 15, 2014 Hall of Famer Gene Reilly Passes Away
March 5, 2014 Men's Hoop Season Ends in Quarterfinals
March 4, 2014 Vinales, Drakeford and Mobley Earn NEC Honors
March 1, 2014 Men Win at Sacred Heart, Now 7th Seed in Tourney
February 27, 2014 Men's Hoop at LIU Brooklyn at 7 p.m.
February 27, 2014 Men's Basketball Tops LIU, Qualifies for NEC Tourney
February 22, 2014 Comeback Falls Short for MBB at Bryant
February 20, 2014 Second Half Comeback Leads Mount to Win at CCSU
February 18, 2014 Vinales, Blue Devils Win at St. Francis on Tuesday
February 17, 2014 Speech Named Co-Player of the Week
February 15, 2014 Speech, Blue Devils Top Sacred Heart 74-69
February 12, 2014 Men's Hoop Postponed on Thursday, Will Play Feb. 18th
February 8, 2014 Blue Devils Post Overtime Win vs. FDU
February 6, 2014 Bryant Tops MBB 79-68 at Home on Thursday
February 3, 2014 Mobley Repeats as NEC Rookie of the Week
February 1, 2014 Furious Comeback Gives CCSU Win at RMU
January 30, 2014 Red Flash Top CCSU 69-63 on Thursday Night
January 27, 2014 Mobley Named NEC Rookie of the Week
January 25, 2014 Men's Hoop Falls at FDU on Saturday
January 23, 2014 Balanced Attack Leads CCSU to 87-83 Win at Wagner
January 18, 2014 LIU Outlasts CCSU 62-61 on Saturday
January 16, 2014 Terriers Knock Off CCSU 76-66 on Thursday
January 16, 2014 Men Host St. Francis Brooklyn Tonight at 7 p.m.
January 11, 2014 Men Fall to 0-2 in NEC Action With Loss to SFU
January 9, 2014 Men Drop Conference Opener to Wagner
January 9, 2014 Men Open NEC Play Tonight vs. Wagner
January 3, 2014 Men Drop Final Non-Conference Game at CCU
December 29, 2013 Blue Devils Pick Up Fourth Win of the Season
December 21, 2013 Blue Devils Fall to CCU in Final Seconds
December 15, 2013 Men's Hoop Falls on the Road at Hofstra
December 10, 2013 Central Connecticut Beats Hartford 73-59
December 10, 2013 Blue Devils and Hawks Meet at 7 p.m.
December 7, 2013 #5 Ohio State Tops CCSU on Saturday
December 4, 2013 Balanced Attack Leads CCSU to Home Win
November 30, 2013 Men's Hoop Falls on the Road at Brown
November 26, 2013 Men's Hoops Picks Up First Win at NJIT
November 23, 2013 MBB Hosts Rider at 6 p.m.
November 23, 2013 Men's Hoop Drops Home Opener to Rider
November 19, 2013 Men's Hoop Opener Moved to 6 p.m. on Saturday
November 16, 2013 Men's Basketball Falls at Northeastern
November 13, 2013 Men's Basketball Falls to 0-2 at Purdue
November 9, 2013 Men's Hoop Drops Season Opener to Yale
November 8, 2013 Men's Hoops Opens With Yale on Saturday
November 6, 2013 Men's Hoops on NEC TV Three Times in 13-14
October 23, 2013 Men's and Women's Basketball Tip-Off Dinner, Nov. 5
October 22, 2013 MBB Picked Fifth, Vinales Preseason All-Conference
October 21, 2013 2013 NEC "Social" Media Day
September 25, 2013 Matt Hunter Wins Second Straight Blue Devil Run
September 10, 2013 Men's Hoops Announces Full 2013-14 Slate