BROOKLYN â€“ It was in a losing effort, but CCSU menâ€™s basketball senior Tyler Kohl is on his way into the programâ€™s history book.
Kohl recorded a double-double behind 26 points and 10 rebounds in the teamâ€™s 90-79 loss to Saint Francis on Saturday, but the biggest of his points were numbers 1,000 and 1,001 for his career, making him the 38th player in program history to eclipse the 1,000 mark.
While Kohl shined on the offensive end for the Blue Devils, the defense lagged. Four different Terriers finished the game in double figures, including 25 points from Glenn Sanabria and 20 from Rosel Hurley.
Saint Francis jumped out to a 7-0 lead and ended the first half with consecutive 3-pointers to take a 32-27 lead at the break. CCSU managed to take a slim lead late in the first half behind back-to-back buckets from Kohl and Joe Hugley, but the defense would once again falter in the second half.
The Terriers hit 11 of their first 12 shots in the final 20 minutes to take a 10-point lead, and would never cool off. CCSU tried to mount a comeback behind 19 second half points from Kohl, but Saint Francis shot 64 percent from the field in the second half to keep Kohl and the Blue Devils at a safe distance.
Junior Jamir Coleman temporarily gave CCSU life in the second half by scoring nine straight points that included a layup with less than a minute left to pull the Blue Devils within six. While the defense labored for most of the game, it was the offense that took the air out of CCSUâ€™s comeback bid, as a turnover after Colemanâ€™s bucket set up free throws for the Terriers, sealing the game and the second loss in a row for the Blue Devils.
Coleman finished with 17 points, while freshman Ian Krishnan added 11. Senior Deion Bute just missed a double-double, contributing nine points and 11 rebounds.