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UMaine men’s basketball hands Central Connecticut State its 1st win of the season

Central Connecticut State provided first-year coach Patrick Sellers with his maiden win when the Blue Devils beat the University of Maine Black Bears 64:56 in the second half with an even score and an alternating 12-4 run .

The non-conference men’s basketball game was played in front of about 400 fans at the Cross Insurance Center on Tuesday evening. Central Connecticut improved to 1-5, while UMaine fell to 2-3 and 0-3 overall against Division I competition.

UMaine rattled off 10 unanswered points in the second half to draw within 36-34, but the Blue Devils responded with their 12-4 run and UMaine couldn’t get any closer than seven the rest of the way.

Central Connecticut State placed four players in double digits, led by junior guard Tre Mitchell with 12 points, including a 9-for-10 score from the foul line.

UMaines only two-digit scorer was the Redshirt junior striker Stephane Ingo, who had a game high of 14 points in front of him with five rebounds, two steals and two blocked shots.

Central Connecticut State freshman guard Davonte Sweatman scored 11 points, triggering the 12-4 run with a floater from the left side of the key that started a goalless drought of 7:14 in which CCSU missed seven shots and spun the ball four times .

Later in the excitement, he also added a driving layout.

“He’s fast and we tried to make him more aggressive,” said Sellers.

The six-foot sweatman said he followed his trainer’s advice.

“I wasn’t aggressive at the start of the season, but I have to be to help the team,” said Sweatman, who also had two steals.

Sweatman’s Floater made it 38-34 and Trenton McLaughlin’s two free throws increased Central Connecticut State’s lead to six. Byron Ireland responded with two fouls for UMaine, but Zach Newkirk hit a short fall-away jumper and Nigel Scantlebury fed Stephane Ayangma underneath for a basket.

Ingo hit the inside after a pass from Maks Klanjscek before Sweatman’s layup and Scantlebury’s clever move and basket underneath made the 48-38 with 7:05 to go.

Jayden Brown contributed 10 points and four rebounds and Scantlebury added 10 points, four assists and three rebounds for Central Connecticut State. Andre Snoddy came in with nine points and six rebounds and Newkirk had four steals.

Vukasin Masic and LeChuan DuHart each had eight points for UMaine and Masic also distributed four assists and got six rebounds. Andefolarin Adetogun and Ata Turgut each had six points and Adetogun four assists.

The Blue Devils forced 18 UMaine sales and had a 15-8 point advantage over sales. They also outperformed UMaine in the 30-20 color and had 12 points for second chance against UMaine’s five.

Sellers said the defense won the game for them.

“We had 16 steals and we’re not the kind of team that goes on defense. But we were in the right position. Maine is great at setting up, even their guards, but we were able to get help, ”said Sellers.

“We always preach defense,” said Sweatman.

UMaine shot 39.5 percent off the ground and a pathetic 14.3 percent over the 3-point arc.

CCSU shot 45.1 percent from the ground and 27.8 percent from a long distance.

“Central Connecticut played hard and made big shots,” said UMaine head coach Richard Barron. “We lost too many balls and missed a lot of shots.”

Scantlebury nailed a 3-pointer to open the game and the Blue Devils never lagged behind, extending their lead up to 12 towards the end of the first half before Chris Efretuei’s hooked shot pulled UMaine 31:21 at break.

The Black Bears flipped the ball 12 times in the first half and that resulted in an 8-2 cross for the Blue Devils in Points Off Ballings.

Central Connecticut State also outperformed UMaine with 20-6 in the suit and 10-3 in the second chance points.

Brown’s eight points and three rebounds intervened the Blue Devils. Snoddy had six points and three rebounds and Scantlebury added five points and three assists, with Sweatman adding four points.

Ingo’s four points and four rebounds and Turgut’s four points led UMaine.

UMaine will race against Bradley University (Illinois) on Saturday at 3 p.m.

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