CCSU 65, St. Francis (Pa.) 60

Robby Ptacek scored 22 points, grabbed seven boards and had two

steals as Central Connecticut State beat St. Francis (Pa.) 65-60 on

Thursday night.

CCSU (11-14, 8-7 Northeast Conference) held an early 18-8 lead

but the Red Flash used a 17-3 run to go ahead 25-21 with 5:11 left

in the first half.

The teams battled through two ties and four lead changes in the

second half before a Kyle Vinales 3-pointer sparked a 7-0 run,

giving the Blue Devils a 57-49 lead with 4:43 remaining.

Vinales had a trey and two assists during the spurt.

Despite shooting 50 percent (7 of 14) from the free-throw line,

the Blue Devils were 25 of 56 from the field, including 6 of 13

from deep.

Earl Brown led St. Francis (5-21, 4-11) with 19 points and 10

boards but the Red Flash struggled from deep, hitting only 2 of 18

3-point attempts.