FAIRFIELD - The CCSU menâ€™s basketball team battled late into the second half, but when the final horn sounded, the Blue Devils were still left searching for their first conference victory.
CCSU pulled to within four points in the waning minutes of play on Wednesday against Sacred Heart, but the Pioneers pulled away to hand the Blue Devils a 66-55 loss, dropping CCSU to 0-5 in NEC play and 1-17 overall.
Freshman Myles Baker paced CCSU offensively, scoring 10 points, all in the second half. Jamir Coleman added six points to go along with his five rebounds.
Trailing by 11 midway through the second half, Baker drilled a three for the Blue Devils before Coleman knocked down a jumped to pull CCSU within 50-44 with 9:08 to play. Sacred Heart answered with a 7-2 run, but the Blue Devils again battled back behind Baker, who netted five straight points to cut the deficit to six before fellow freshman Jamir Reed put home a layup to trim the deficit to 57-53.
Sacred Heart pulled away for good with a 3-pointer by Kinnon LaRose with one minute left in the game to give the Pioneers a nine-point lead, and leave CCSU waiting until at least Saturday for its first NEC win, when the Blue Devils travel to face Mount St. Maryâ€™s for a 4 p.m. tipoff.