Central Connecticut State dug itself a hole Wednesday afternoon against Maine. It wasnâ€™t a scoring deficit that was insurmountable - but a turnover one.
The Blue Devils finished with 20 turnovers and weren't able to get over the final hurdle to the finish line as CCSU fell to Maine 66-58 from Detrick Gymnasium as part of a womenâ€™s-menâ€™s doubleheader.Â The loss dropped the Blue Devils to 0-6 for the season.
â€śOur assist to turnover ratio has been really good, a lot better than it was last year, the way we take care of the ball and we come out â€¦ It was concentration, a lack of concentration,â€ť said Blue Devils head coach Patrick Sellers.
The Blue Devils had turnovers on their first two possessions, six over the first five minutes of the game and Maine took advantage of them, scoring 32 of its 66 points off of Blue Devilsâ€™ turnovers.
â€śIf I knew (to what contributed to the lack of concentration) I would be making a lot of money,â€ť Sellers said. â€śWe changed our ball screen coverage in the second part of the first half and our defense got better and it gave us some confidence.â€ť
Maine (4-1) built a 14-point lead over the Blue Devils with 6:11 remaining in the first half after a Jaden Clayton basket. CCSU got within two at 60-58 after a Kellen Amos 3-pointer with 1:42 remaining but two made free throws by Kellen Tynes, followed by a steal by Tynes that led to a Gedi Juozapaitis layup pushed the back up to six with 17 seconds remaining in the contest.
Amos led the Blue Devils with 13 points on 5 of 10 shooting. Jayden Brown and Davonte Sweatman came off of the bench and finished with 11 points apiece.
â€śWeâ€™re just trying to stay positive. Of course weâ€™re 0-6 but weâ€™re trying to go out there and be as positive as possible,â€ť said Amos. â€śAgainst like opponents, weâ€™re losing by a margin of five points or less and every single game itâ€™s a different major mistake weâ€™re making.â€ť
Maine was led by Milos Nenadicâ€™s 24 points. Nenadic also had four rebounds and four steals and Tynes had 23 points on 8 of 12 shooting and three assists and five steals.
â€śWe definitely didnâ€™t play our best basketball but anytime you can get a road win itâ€™s a big deal especially for this group,â€ť said Black Bears head coach Chris Markwood. â€śWeâ€™re learning how to win tough games and it wasnâ€™t pretty but we found a way and thatâ€™s the most important thing.
â€śA lot to learn from it.â€ť