Jan. 17, 2005
FAIRFIELD, CT - Justin Chiera and Javier Mojica each scored 14 points off the bench, and Central Connecticut State made 17 of 19 free throws to lead the Blue Devils to a 79-67 win over Sacred Heart University in a Northeast Conference men's basketball game Monday night.
Sacred Heart, 1-13 overall and 0-5 in the NEC, took a 20-14 lead midway through the first half by hitting six of its first eight shots. Central Connecticut went on a 20-4 run over the next eight minutes to take a 34-24 lead with 2:13 left. The Blue Devils would extend that to a 41-28 advantage at the intermission.
A 13-4 run by the Blue Devils, capped by a DeMario Anderson layup off a Mojica steal, in the first five minutes of the second half stretched the CCSU lead to 54-32. The Pioneers tried to stay in the game by ripping off a 10-0 run of their own to close within 12 at 54-42 with 12:30 to go.
A three-pointer by Chiera with 6:07 left gave Central a 63-48 lead. A jumper by Gene Pettway got the Pioneers within 11 with 3:48 left, but the Blue Devils continued to do just enough to keep the Pioneers at bay. The Blue Devils, now 6-9 overall and 2-4 in the conference, finished with six players in double figures. In addition to Chiera and Mojica, Central got 11 apiece from Obie Nwadike and Anderson, while Rich Pittman and Lenny Jefferson scored ten each.
Sacred Heart was led by sophomore Joey Henley with 16 points. Pettway finished with a career-high 12 points, while sophomore Jarrid Frye finished with 11. Freshman Brice Brooks finished with a game-high eight rebounds.