It took overtime, but Central Connecticut men's basketball was able to find itself in the win column on Saturday, defeating Fairleigh Dickinson in a 91-82 final.
The Blue Devils had five players reach double-digit scoring, with Nigel Scantlebury scoring a career-high 27 points while committing one turnover. Andre Snoddy had a double-double, his third straight in as many games, scoring 18 points with 14 rebounds.
Play in the first half opened even, but eventually the Knights were able to open up an 15-point lead at 36-21. A jumper from Scantlebury and a three from Joe Ostrowsky helped cut the margin down to eight at 40-32 entering halftime, leaving the Blue Knights in range.
Another 5-0 run in the second half, this time supplemented by a Tre Mitchell three and pair of free throws from Scantlebury, helped bring the game even at 48-48. A brief 6-0 run from FDU put the Knights back ahead, but Central responded with an 8-0 run to score game-tying points off a Scantlebury triple with 3:41 left to go.
The Blue Devils regained the lead at 68-67 off a Snoddy layup score, but a Brandon Rush triple the other way put the Knights back ahead. Snoddy again scored a crucial basket with 2:09 to go to tie things up at 70-70 before the lead once again shifted back to Fairleigh Dickinson off a free throw.
An Anquan Hill free throw with eight seconds left in regulation put the score at 73-71, giving Central one final opportunity to even it up or win the game at the buzzer. A missed layup attempt y Scantlebury was collected by Snoddy on the rebound, and his put-back score as time expired evened the game at 73-73 to force overtime.
In the five minute overtime period, Central scored six straight points across nearly a minute and a half to gain a four point lead. In the final three and a half minutes Central outscored Fairleigh Dickinson 18-4 on its way to a big conference win.
Central shot 50% from 3-point range, connecting on 11 of 22 attempts. From the field as a whole, the team still shot 50% 0 shooting 32-for-64.
The Blue Devils had 37 rebounds with 15 assists. Mitchell scored 13 points while Ian Krishnan scored 12 points. With his 12 points, going 4 of 4 from three, he eclipsed 1,000 career points in his career with the Blue Devils to become the third active leader in points scored in the Northeast Conference.
Hs 193 career threes also rank him second among active scorers in the conference.
Leading FDU in points was Hill and Rush, both scoring 18 points. Oscar Berry had 14 points off the bench for the Knights.