Colonials lose first in conference play
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NEW BRITAIN, Conn. -- Three players scored 63 of Central Connecticut State's 68 points in the Blue Devils' 68-63 win against Robert Morris Saturday in Northeast Conference action.
Robby Ptacek scored 24 points, 14 in the first half as Central Connecticut (7-7, 4-0) led, 32-28, at halftime. Ken Horton finished with 21 points and 10 rebounds, and Kyle Vinales scored 18 points as the Blue Devils outscored Robert Morris (12-5, 3-1) 36-25 in the second half.
In the first half, Central Connecticut connected on 12 of 21 field-goal attempts, including four of eight from 3-point range. The Colonials were just 10 of 29 (34.5 percent) from the floor and made one of five 3-pointers.
Russell Johnson scored 13 points to pace Robert Morris, which shot 30.3 percent (20 of 66) for the game.
Central Connecticut, which never trailed by more than three points, took the lead for keeps, 20-19, with 6:23 left to play in the first half.
The Blue Devils, who made 22 of 46 (47.8 percent) from the floor, went on a 9-4 run to open the second half. Robert Morris cut the advantage to 41-38 but Central Connecticut scored six consecutive points to take a 48-38 lead with 10 minutes left to play.
The closest the Colonials could get after that was seven points.
First Published January 8, 2012 12:00 am