GREENVILLE, N.C. - Austin Nehls scored 24 points with five 3-pointers, Tyler Kohl added 20 points more and Central Connecticut State broke open a tight game after halftime to defeat East Carolina 79-68 on Friday night for its first win this season.
Nehls drained a 3-pointer two minutes after halftime to give CCSU (1-3) a one-point lead that the Blue Devils never surrendered. The bucket started a 12-2 run over the next four minutes for a 50-41 lead. East Carolina fought back as close as three points, 62-59, with six minutes remaining but CCSU tore away on another 12-2 run.
Deion Bute added 11 points and 11 rebounds and Mustafa Jones added 10 points and eight boards for the Blue Devils, who were playing a fourth-straight road game and were also without coach Donyell Marshall for “confidential personal reasons.”
Kentrell Barkley and B.J. Tyson scored 19 apiece for the Pirates (1-2).