NEW BRITAIN - The CCSU menâ€™s basketball team continued its upward climb on Tuesday night.
The ever-improving Blue Devils took a 13-point halftime lead over Fairleigh Dickinson and hung on for a thrilling 76-75 win, the teamâ€™s second in a row. The victory also avenged a 23-point loss to the Knights earlier this season.
CCSU led by just one with 24 seconds left in the game, when a missed layup from Fairleigh Dickinsonâ€™s Jahlil Jenkins was kept alive by the Knights, but a block from Myles Baker and a steal from Greg Outlaw, both freshman, resulted in a crucial turnover.
Ian Krishnan knocked down a pair of free throws with seven seconds left to give the Blue Devils a four-point lead, which they needed every bit of after Brandon Powell hit a 3-pointer for Fairleigh Dickinson as time expired.
CCSU, recently at the bottom of the NEC in field goal percentage, shot 54.7 percent from the field and 8-for-15 from downtown, while the suddenly composed group of underclassmen sank all 10 of their free throw attempts, just three days after needing similar clutch defense and free throw shooting to beat Bryant at home.
Krishnan led the Blue Devils with 16 points, while Trey Tennyson added 11. Baker dropped 10 points after scoring a career-high 24 on Saturday afternoon.