The Central Connecticut men's basketball team fell to 5-14 overall and 1-5 in Northeast Conference action with a 86-73 loss on the road at Fairleigh Dickinson on Saturday afternoon. The Knights improve to 8-12 overall and are now 4-2 in the league.
Junior Faronte Drakeford led the offense with a team-high 20 points, including 8-of-8 from the free-throw line. Central made 16-of-18 from the line in the loss.
Junior Malcolm McMillan added 14 points including a pair of threes. Freshman Matt Mobley had 15 points on 5-of-12 shooting. He averaged 18.5 points in a 1-1 week for CCSU after scoring a career-high 22 points in a win at Wagner on Thursday night. He added three assists and a pair of steals on Saturday. Sophomore Brandon Peel added 10 points and six rebounds.
The Knights came out flying in the first half and led by as many as 23 before taking a 45-35 lead at halftime. They were 18-of-34 from the field and hit five threes to build a 35-12 lead with 9:12 left before halftime. Central answered with a 16-5 run, and cut the lead to 40-28, with under two minutes to play.
FDU answered with five quick points to build the lead back to 17. McMillan hit a pair of free-throws just before halftime to cut the deficit to 15. Central hit just 11-of-27 from the field, they were 1-of-8 from three and missed seven straight before the half. Mobley had 11 to lead Central. They were outrebounded 23-11 in the first half.
The Blue Devils quickly cut the Knight lead to 58-40 but FDU answered with a 10-4 run to push it back to 58-40 with 14:32 left in the second half. Central answered with a 10-3 run to cut the lead to 61-50.
Fairleigh Dickinson answered again, building a 69-54 lead before a three-point play from junior Juwan Newmen cut it to 12 with 7:44 left. With the lead down to 10, the Knights answered with 10 straight points to push it to 79-59 with under five minutes to play.
Central returns to action next Thursday night on the road at St. Francis University. The game is the first for the Blue Devils on the Western PA swing, they will also play at Robert Morris on Saturday.
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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.
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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