The Central Connecticut men's basketball season came to an end on Wednesday night with a 83-59 quarterfinal loss on the road at #2 Wagner. The Blue Devils had finished the regular season with a 7-9 mark in Northeast Conference play and earned the #7 seed, playing at Wagner for the third straight season.
Junior Kyle Vinales scored a team-high 20 points and passed 1,500 career points in the process. Sophomore Brandon Peel had 12 points, 13 rebounds and a career-high seven blocks. Junior Faronte Drakeford added 10 points.
The Blue Devils trailed by eight at halftime and had the Wagner lead down to 49-44 with just over 12 minutes to play in the second half. But the Seahawks responded with six straight points to push the lead to 11. Central responded but would get no closer than nine the rest of the way.
With the score 61-52 Wagner rattled off 10 straight points to push the lead to 71-52 with 2:55 to play. Central scored just seven points in the final 6:30 minutes of play, as the Seahawks move on to the semifinal round of the NEC Tournament.
The Blue Devils struggled from the field, making just 21-of-62 (33.9 percent) overall and 6-of-21 from three, good for 28.6 percent. The Seahawks did not shoot the ball well either, hitting on just 27-of-76 from the floor and 6-of-22 from three. However, Wagner grabbed 24 offensive rebounds in the game and produced 23 second chance points. They had the 36-24 advantage on points in the paint.
Vinales made four threes in the game and had 20 points. He ends his junior season with 1,514 career points, just 17 points behind former Blue Devil Robby Ptacek for 10th place on the school's all-time scoring list. The 20 point game was the 38th of his career.
Peel's 12 points, 13 rebounds and seven blocks came just three blocks shy of the third triple-double in school history. His 13 rebounds were a season-high and his seven blocks are a new career-high. He ends the season with 61 blocks.
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