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Men's Basketball Honors Seniors Prior to Season Finale Against St. Francis Brooklyn

Men's Basketball Honors Seniors Prior to Season Finale Against St. Francis Brooklyn

The Central Connecticut men's basketball team closed out the 2019-20 season on Saturday at Detrick Gymnasium, falling to St. Francis Brooklyn, 85-79. The Blue Devils cut a double-digit deficit to two points with 0:38 to play, but could not complete the rally. Prior to the game, Central recognized its seniors Jamir Coleman, Donyell Marshall, Jr., Tyler Rowe and team manager Matt Trudeau.

Coleman scored a career-high 28 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to lead Central. Rowe added a personal-best 15 points and sophomore Ian Krishnan had 10 points. Marshall made his first career start and had personal-bests in rebounds and blocked shots. CCSU shot 27-of-64 (.422) from the field and was 6-of-17 (.353) from the arc. The Blue Devils went 19-of-21 (.905) at the foul line. CCSU had a 40-36 rebounding edge.

Chauncey Hawkins had a game-high 38 points to lead St. Francis Brooklyn. Rob Higgins and Deniz Celen added 13 and 10 points, respectively. SFBK shot 27-of-63 (.429) from the field and ws 5-of-15 (.333) from three-point range. The Terriers went 26-30 (.867) at the foul line.

GAME INFORMATION

Score: Central Connecticut 79, St. Francis Brooklyn 85
Records: CCSU (4-27, 3-15 NEC), SFBK (13-17, 7-11 NEC)
Location: Detrick Gymnasium | New Britain, CT

KEY MOMENTS

  • Central built an early five-point lead after scoring seven straight points. Coleman opened the spurt with a jumper and Rowe would score five straight, including a jumper at the 14:52 mark to make it 10-5.
  • The Terriers erased a 12-11 deficit to take the lead for good with an 8-0 run. A Hawkins three-pointer at the 12:17 mark capped the run and made it 19-12.
  • Hawkins hit a pair of free throws with 0:13 to go in the first half to take a 42-32 lead at halftime.
  • The Blue Devils quickly got within 44-38 after halftime after a foul shot by Coleman and a three-pointer by Rowe with 18:58 to play. The Terriers would hold CCSU without a field goal for over four minutes, while eventually pushing the lead to 61-48 after a pair of Hawkins free throws with 12:55 to play. 
  • Central would outscore SFBK, 7-1, in a 2:37 span to cut the lead to 72-66 after a pair of foul shots by freshman Greg Outlaw. The Blue Devils would hold the Terriers to just one field goal during a nearly six-minute span and a three-pointer by Krishnan would make it 77-75 with 1:54 to go. Central would get within 79-77 with 0:38 remaining but SFBK would go 6-for-6 from the foul line down the stretch to hold off CCSU.

NUMBER TO KNOW

54 - In the past two games, CCSU attempted 54 free throws and was 43-of-54 (.796)

NOTES

  • This was the only meeting between the teams this season. St. Francis Brooklyn leads the all-time series, 29-25
  • Coleman went 11-for-17 from the field and 6-of-7 at the foul line. His double-double was the seventh of his career. He added three assists, two steals and two blocked shots.
  • CCSU had a 18-17 advantage in bench scoring and in the season's last 10 games, CCSU outscored its opponents 340-175. Central entered the game with 26.8 ppg from its bench this season.
  • The Blue Devils outrebounded its opponent for the second straight game.
  • Rowe hit a career-high three three-pointers.
  • Marshall grabbed two rebounds and blocked two shots.

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