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Central Connecticut State vs St. Francis (Pa.)

St. Francis (Pa.) 67, CCSU 60


LORETTO, Pa. (AP) - Earl Brown grabbed a career-high 25 rebounds and scored 16 points as St. Francis (Pa.) pulled away from a 27-all halftime tie to beat Central Connecticut State 67-60 for its first victory of the season in the Northeast Conference opener for both teams.

Brown's 25 rebounds are the most in a Division I game since Morgan State's Kevin Thompson grabbed 25 boards against Towson on Dec. 22, 2009. The 6-foot-6 Red Flash sophomore had 12 boards and 11 points in St. Francis' last game against Cornell for his second-career double-double. He had just 19 rebounds in seven games prior to that this season.

Umar Shannon led the Red Flash (1-11) in scoring with 19 points and had eight assists. Ronnie Drinnon and Dominique Major added 12 points apiece.

Kyle Vinales scored 23 points for CCSU (4-8), and Matt Hunter had 18 points and 10 rebounds.

St. Francis won the rebound battle 43-33.

Brown scored the first six points of the second half to lift the Red Flash to a 33-27 lead 3:13 in. Major's 3-pointer with 12:36 to go established a 43-34 advantage.

The Red Flash led 50-39 on Brown's dunk with 8:35 to go, and Shannon's jumper pushed it to 55-42 with 6:49 left.

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Central Connecticut State Blue Devils
A. Burbage, F331-62-23124
B. Peel, F301-70-08012
M. Hunter, G394-157-11100518
K. Vinales, G399-223-323423
M. McMillan, G311-23-45215
T. Allen182-50-03225
J. Efese90-23-40003
A. Hurd10-00-00000
Totals 18-5918-243381560
St. Francis (Pa.) Red Flash
E. Brown, F358-110-4252316
S. Mosley, F251-31-27153
U. Shannon, G335-137-828219
G. Brown, G301-82-21235
S. Whyatt, G140-20-01010
D. Major304-100-011312
R. Drinnon204-44-440112
A. Ervin120-20-00110
O. Jackson10-00-00000
Totals 23-5314-2043151967
TeamConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
St. Fran.-Pa.0-02-3247
F. Dickinson0-02-4294
St. Fran.-NY0-01-3105
Sacred Heart0-01-4330
Mt St Marys0-00-6293
Robert Morris0-00-6262
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MICH 94 Final
NW 66
COLO 83 Final
GONZ 78 Final
PEP 62