Connecticut News Media Sports Editor
NEW BRITAIN – Jay Rodgers scored 15 points and Andre Snoody had 14 points and 11 rebounds to lead four players in double digit scoring as Central Connecticut State beat Long Island University Thursday night 78-59 from Detrick Gymnasium.
The victory officially made the Blue Devils be on a winning streak for the first time this season.
The Blue Devils (4-13, 2-1 Northeast Conference) opened the game on an 8-0 run. Kellen Amos, who scored 36 points in CCSU’s previous outing against Saint Francis Brooklyn, had four of the Blue Devils’ first eight points, bookended the run with layups. After a Nigel Scantlebury 3 pushed the advantage to eight, LIU began creeping back into the contest.
The Sharks took over the lead with 5:36 remaining in the first half after a Cheikh Ndiaye layup. Ndiaye’s score was followed by a basket by RJ Greene that gave LIU its largest lead of the game at 26-23.
“They beat us up the floor in transition a few times in the first half and got easy buckets because they were running and we weren’t sprinting back on defense,” said CCSU head coach Patrick Sellers about losing the lead.
A Rodgers 3-pointer with 3:54 remaining until halftime gave the Blue Devils the lead back which they never relinquished.
“I feel like the coaches really gave us a great game plan, we scouted them pretty well, we had a good three days of practice to prep for them and we executed the game plan pretty well and that was the main thing,” Rodgers said. Rodgers was 6 of 10 from the field and had three rebounds.
Jayden Brown came off of the bench to score 11 points in just a little over 10 and half minutes Scantlebury had 10 points, seven assists and three steals for the Blue Devils who won consecutive games for the first time since February of last year.
The Blue Devils will travel to Easton, Massachusetts to take on Stonehill on Saturday. Tip-off is scheduled for 2 p.m.
Marko Maletic scored 15 points and Andre Washington had 12 points to pace the Sharks, who dropped to 2-13 overall and 0-3 in the NEC.