NEW BRITAIN - The Central Connecticut menâ€™s basketball team entered Thursdayâ€™s game against LIU with a 0-23 record when it has failed to score more than 78 points in a contest.
Make that 0-24.
After a close first half in which the Blue Devils trailed by just three points, the Sharks broke the game open with a number of little runs in the second, handing CCSU a 90-74 loss at home and sweeping the season series.
Raiquan Clark and Tyrn Flowers led LIU (12-13, 7-5 NEC) with 22 and 21 points respectively as the Sharks shot 52.6 percent from the field.
The Blue Devils (2-24, 1-12 NEC), meanwhile, shot just 39.2 percent, making 29 of 74 attempts. Jamir Reed led CCSU with 21 points off the bench, including seven3-pointers. Ian Krishman added 17 points and Trey Tennyson finished with 10, the only three players for the Blue Devils to finish in double figures.
Leading 45-42 at the half, LIU went on a 7-0 run to start the second half before Reed was able to halt it with one of his 3-pointers. But the Sharks went on another 7-0 run less than 30 seconds later and a 9-0 after that. All of a sudden, CCSU was looking at a 68-48 deficit.
It proved too much for the Blue Devils to climb out of and LIU has proven when it can score it can be tough to beat. The Sharks are now 12-6 this season when they score 66 points or more, 0-8 when they do not.
CCSU will next play against Bryant at home on Saturday as part of a doubleheader with the womenâ€™s team. The men play at 3:30 p.m. after the women play at 1 p.m.
It will be the second meeting against the Bulldogs in the last three games. Bryant won on Feb. 8 64-60.