Recap: Bryant 63, CCSU 60
SaBastian Townes his a three-pointer from the top of the key with 6 seconds left as Bryant University took down CCSU on Thursday night. The loss dropped the Blue Devils to 2-5 in NEC play, and in a tie for ninth place with Mount St. Mary's.
The Big Shot
After a Kashaun Hicks missed three-pointer with 39 seconds left, Bryant ran the clock down to 10 seconds before running a pick-and-roll with Joey Kasperzyk and Townes.
As you can see from the replay here, there was miscommunication between Deion Bute, who switched onto Kasperzyk, and Hicks, who did not switch, leaving Townes wide open.
Obviously it's impossible to know who was at fault here...I'll assume Hicks, simply because generally Marshall switches on most PNR's...but obviously this sort of thing can't happen. That play continues a trend of lackadaisical play.
Fouling Three-Point Shooters
On Thursday night, CCSU players fouled three-point shooters on three different occasions (Jamir Coleman, Deion Bute, and Ian Krishnan).
Over the past four games, that was the 8th time a Blue Devil defender has fouled a three-point shooter. What?
After all the concern about if Tyler Kohl would play, he was back in the starting lineup and played all 40 minutes.
There were flashes; he made some amazing passes (5 assists overall) and also chipped in 10 rebounds.
However, he was just 7 of 21 from the field (Kohl has made just 3 for his last 15 three-point attempts).
Also, with 5:20 left and CCSU clinging to a 54-51 lead, Kohl challenged a Byron Hawkins three-pointer, and he left it short. However, Kohl stood and watched as the ball bounced right back to Hawkins, who then drove for an uncontested layup. It was ultimately a big play in the game.
Deion Bute was borderline dominant tonight; he had 11 points, 7 rebounds and 3 blocks in just 25 minutes. Unfortunately, he picked up his third foul with 14:49 left in the second half (with CCSU up 1), and headed to the bench.
However, Marshall didn't bring Bute back into the game until the 4:40 mark and CCSU having just gave up an 8-0 run to allow the Bulldogs to take a 1-point lead. Now, one could argue that the Blue Devils made their run without Bute, however I'd posit that perhaps Central Connecticut would have had a bigger lead if Bute had seen more time in the second half.
Karrington Wallace had a really tough time with the bulk of Townes, and didn't provide anything offensively (0 field goal attempts and a turnover where he simply failed to catch a dump down into the post).
I'd be very curious to know what the thought process was behind sitting Bute for those ten minutes. Ultimately he never picked up a 4th foul.
Jamir Coleman finished with 14 points on 12 shot attempts, and also chipped in 7 boards. He's been really good these past two games.
CCSU scored just 0.95 PPP against the league's worst defense, and continue to struggle shooting the ball. Too frequently their offense consists of isolation pull-up mid-range jumpers. CCSU had just 8 assists tonight, and Kohl had 5 of them.
Central got to the foul line just six times, compared to 13 times for Bryant.
Bash Townes is fun to watch, as is Kasperzyk. If they could get Ndugba back they could be a tough out come March.
Jon Wallach and Chris Burns were tonight's announcers, and I thought they were tremendous on the call.
CCSU hosts LIU-Brooklyn on Saturday in what is a desperation game for both teams; LIU is 3-4 after falling to Mount St. Mary's on Thursday night.
At this point Central is on the outside looking in for even qualifying for the NEC Tournament, and the schedule only gets more difficult after next week. They need to turn this thing around in a hurry.