Providence, R.I. – Central Connecticut overcame a 15-point second half deficit to overtake Brown, 68-62, for its fifth straight win Saturday afternoon at the Pizzitola Sports Center. The Blue Devils improve to 5-3 overall, while Brown falls to 4-4.
Freshman guard Desmond Cambridge (Nashville, TN) paced the Bears with 17 points on 5-of-12 shooting from beyond the three point arc. Bears' sophomore guard Brandon Anderson (Mahwah, NJ) had 15 points, four assists and three steals, while sophomore guard Zach Hunsaker (Orem, UT) chipped in with 14 points and three assists.
"We have to learn from this, both the positives and negatives," said Brown head coach Mike Martin. "We just didn't do enough to win."
Austin Nehls scored 15 of his game high 20 points in the second half to rally the Blue Devils. He connected on 7-of-11 field goals, including 4-of-8 treys, while grabbing seven rebounds.
Deion Bute had 12 points and eight rebounds, Eric Bowles had 14 points and a game high six assists, while Joe Hughley grabbed eight rebounds for the Blue Devils.
Central Connecticut dominated the boards, outrebounding the Bears, 44-23, including a 15-6 advantage in offensive rebounds.
Leading 31-27 at intermission, Brown opened the half by outscoring the Blue Devils 14-3 for a 45-30 lead following back-to-back treys by Cambridge and a trey by Hunsaker.
The Blue Devils came storming back with an 21-7 run to trail, 52-51, following a trey by Bute with 7:44 remaining. Shakaris Laney connected on one of two free throws for the Blue Devils to tie the score, 54-54, with 7:14 left.
After Anderson put the Bears up, 60-59, with 4:00 remaining, Central Connecticut took the lead for good, 61-60, on a layup by Bute with 3:38 left. The Blue Devils did not allow another Brown field goal in the last four minutes, and converted 4-of-4 free throws in final 48 seconds.
A swift first half, where only seven total fouls were whistled, ended with a 31-27 Brown lead after six lead changes. Cambridge had 11 first half points for the Bears, while Anderson tossed in nine points.
Brown will make the trip to Downtown Providence for the 123rd meeting against the Providence College Friars on Wednesday, December 6. Tip-off is 7:00 pm at the Dunkin' Donuts Center, in a game televised by Fox Sports 2.