The CCSU dance team poses at Madison Square Garden. (Photo courtesy of Ray Floriani)
New York City - The dean of Northeast Conference coaches, Howie Dickenman, brought his Central Connecticut team to New York for their first game on the storied Garden floor. The result was a competitive effort in a 63-51 loss to first-place St. Francis Brooklyn. The pace and efficiency:
Possessions: 59, given both schools brought dance teams, we’ll call this tempo a waltz.
Offensive efficiency: St. Francis 107, CCSU 86
The Four Factors:
eFG%: St. Francis 56, CCSU 46
FT Rate: St. Francis 26, CCSU 18
OREB%: CCSU 32, St. Francis 26
TO Rate: CCSU 27, St. Francis 17
What CCSU did well: Shoot beyond the arc. The Blue Devils hit 7-of-17 from downtown for a 41% rate. Their two point shooting was 38% on 12-of-32 attempts. Leading scorer Matt Mobley epitomized the performance, hitting 4-of-8 deep and just 2-of-7 inside the arc.
What St. Francis did well: Force turnovers while caring for the ball on their end. The Terriers imposed their defensive will, especially after halftime. They forced CCSU into a high 27% TO rate while outscoring them 20-6 on points off turnovers. Glenn Braica’s club committed only 10 turnovers for an impressive 17% rate.
CCSU: Matt Mobley, 17 points
St. Francis: Brent Jones, 22 points
CCSU: Brandon Peel, 12
St. Francis: Brent Jones, 24
CCSU dropped to 0-7 in NEC play. St. Francis leads the conference at 6-1.