New Britain, Conn. - Junior Robby Ptacek scored 18 points and junior Ken Horton added 17 points as Central Connecticut cruised to a 67-51 win over Brown at Detrick Gymnasium Wednesday evening. The loss drops Brown to 4-6 on the season, while Central extended its record to 7-5 overall.
The Bears felt the ill effects of the Nor'easter snowstorm that blanketed the East Coast. All 11 Brown players returned home for the Holliday's, scattered throughout the country. Just two Brown players were able to make it back for practice on Monday, and coach Jesse Agel had just eight players at practice for Tuesday's practice in preparation for the game. All of Brown's players eventually made it back for the game.
Central had a decided advantage on the backboards, out-rebounding the Bears by a 40-29 margin. Ptacek led both teams with eight rebounds. Bears' freshmen Dockery Walker pulled down a career high six rebounds and netted eight points, while Peter Sullivan also grabbed six rebounds.
After an eight-day break for the Holiday's, Brown struggled from behind the three-point arc, connecting on 4 of 21 treys.
Brown grabbed an early four-point lead, 14-10, following a lay-up by Adrian Williams with 11:05 left in the half. The Blue Devils answered with a 10-0 run to pull ahead by a six points, 20-14 after a Joseph Efese basket.
Central Connecticut out-scored the Bears 18-10 the rest of the half, with Ptacek's trey at the first half buzzer giving the Blue Devils a 38-24 lead at intermission.
The Blue Devils had control for the entire second half, leading by as many as 23 points, 66-43, on a driving lay-up by Ptacek with 3:46 remaining in the game.
The Bears will play their final game of 2010 on New Year's Eve, Friday, December 31, hosting Bryant at the Pizzitola Sports Center. The matinee contest will tip-off at 12:00 noon.
Pictured: Matt Sullivan '13. photo by dspics.com