Recap: St. Francis U. 90, CCSU 85
St. Francis University scored 1.17 PPP, including 11 for 26 from three, as the Red Flash beat Central Connecticut St. on Thursday night.
SFU led by as many as 21-points in the second half, yet a furious Blue Devil rally made it a game late as CCSU closed the game on a 25-9 run over the final 10:13.
Red (Flash) Hot Shooting
As mentioned above, SFU made 11 of 26 from three, and that's nothing new for Rob Krimmel's ballclub. The Red Flash came into the game averaging 8 3P field goals per game, and have one of the best offenses in the Northeast Conference.
Five different SFU players made three-pointers on Thursday night, with Andre Wolford and Isaiah Blackman each making three, and Jamaal King and Randall Gaskins knocking down two each.
One thing that was obvious from watching the game is that SFU's offense is predicated on using the dribble drive to either find open three-point shooters, or get good looks in the paint. I don't remember a single two-point jump shot that was taken from more than 10-feet out. That's how you get an eFG% of 58.9%.
Tyler Kohl Keeps It Going
35 points, 7 assists, 5 rebounds, 4 steals, and 2 turnovers. Tyler Kohl was utterly ridiculous on Thursday night, doing everything he could to keep the Blue Devils in the game.
If one wanted to nit-pick, they'd point to the "just" 12 of 16 from the free throw line, but the senior point-forward played all but one minute and appeared to (reasonably) tire toward the end of the game.
I'm not sure how playing 38+ minutes per game with this kind of usage is sustainable for Tyler Kohl, but I'm not sure what other choice Donyell Marshall has.
Another Game, Another Player Missing
The good news is Joe Hugley returned tonight. However, we learned right before tip-off that Deion Bute was inactive, and in fact was not even on the bench for the Blue Devils. The announcers referenced an "illness", though as of this writing I've seen no confirmation to why Bute was unavailable.
Karrington Wallace had a fine game in his absence; 5 points and 3 rebounds in 21 minutes. However, not having Bute created a major hole on the inside, as Central has no other true post presence, and he's also the best rebounder on the team.
You can't complain about the CCSU offense on Thursday. They scored 1.11 PPP, their best output since the 1/12 win over Mount St. Mary's, and had just 9 turnovers.
It was a tough return for Joe Hugley; he fouled out in just 19 minutes, finishing 2 for 9 from the field. It's reasonable that he'd be a bit rusty, and I don't worry about him in the long run.
Tyson Batiste had a really strong game; 7 points, 7 rebounds and 1 turnover in 33 minutes.
Ian Krishnan was 7 for 12 from the field, and continues to shoot the ball well. I do wish he'd turn some (or all) of these long two-point jumpers into threes.
Kashaun Hicks has gotten an opportunity to start the past three games, but hasn't really taken advantage; he's had more turnovers (4) than made field goals (2), and looked out of sync on Thursday.
Donyell Marshall brought in two freshman point guards after the transfers of Eric Bowles and Eduardo Camacho, and neither player is part of the rotation at this point. Thai Segwai hasn't appeared in either of the past three games, while Will Ellis hasn't played a minute during conference play, though he's been battling an injury over the past few weeks.
I love SFU's 4-guard lineup, and I think it was a great adjustment by Krimmel to ditch the idea of playing with two bigs. Play your best 5, regardless of position.
Central Connecticut will head to the NAC to take on 1st place Robert Morris on Saturday at 4pm. The Colonials beat Bryant on Thursday night to improve to 8-3.
CCSU is now in sole position of 9th place after LIU-Brooklyn took care of Mount St. Mary's on Thursday. Winning on the road against RMU would go a long way toward qualifying for the NEC Tournament.