Cent. Connecticut St. 54, Monmouth, N.J. 50
Joe Efese scored 15 points and Markeys Dean added 12, including
the clinching three-point play in overtime, as Central Connecticut
State edged Monmouth (N.J.) 54-50 on Saturday.
The Northeast Conference game was the earliest league matchup in
the last 10 seasons.
The Blue Devils (4-1, 1-0), who bounced back from Monday’s 77-61
loss at Penn State, never trailed in overtime.
Tied at 50, Shemik Thompson hit the first of two foul shots with
1:51 left. Dean’s three-point play with 25 seconds to play was the
only other scoring as the Hawks missed five 3-point attempts in the
final 21 seconds.
Central Connecticut State led by nine in the second half, but
Monmouth pulled ahead 45-41 with 50 seconds left in regulation.
Vince Rosario’s 3-pointer and an Efese free throw forced
Nick Deltufo led the Hawks (1-2, 0-1) with 12 points and Will
Campbell had 10.