The Central Connecticut State menâ€™s basketball team rang in the new year with its first Northeast Conference win of the season, beating St. Francis of Brooklyn 67-55.
The win brings the Blue Devils to 4-10 on the season and 1-1 in the NEC after they deleted a double-digit lead in the second half and held the Terriers scoreless for the final eight minutes of the period. CCSU went on a 22-0 run during that span to get in front and build a lead.
Freshman Andre Snoddy scored a career-high 14 point points and snatched a game-best nine rebounds. He tied junior Ian Krishnan as the teamâ€™s leading scorers while freshmen Davonte Sweatman and Trenton McLaughlin each contributed 11 points as the Blue Devils shot 52.2 percent from the field as a team.
A 7-0 run from St. Francis made the score 46-34 early in the second half, but CCSU outscored the Terries 33-7 over the final 15 minutes and finished the game with 22 unanswered points. Krishnan gave the Blue Devils its lead with less than six minutes to play and they continued scoring to build their advantage.
CCSU forced 17 turnovers that generated 27 points, which were key during the teamâ€™s late run.
The Blue Devils struggled early to defend St. Francisâ€™ Tedrick Wilcox Jr., who scored 27 points on five three-pointers before their defense came alive. Wilcox did not sit for the entire game, but failed to find the basket as CCSU pulled away.
The Blue Devils return to the court immediately for a challenge with a road game against Rutgers at 5 p.m. on Saturday.
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