LIVE BLOG: FDU Men’s Basketball Against Central Connecticut State

6:16 p.m.

The Knights get their first win with a 79-71 victory over NEC foe CCSU Wednesday, avenging a loss at home Tuesday night.

The Knights will return to action next week as they will travel to play Saint Francis University (PA) for two games on Dec.15 at 7 p.m. and Dec. 16 at 4 p.m. in the NEC round-robin play.

Against CCSU, the Knights (1-5, 1-1) had six players in double-figures as Williams led with 13 points and nine rebounds. Jenkins had 11 points and nine assists, Square Jr. added 11. Powell had 11 points in his debut, Rush added 12 points and Munden Jr. added 10 off the bench. 

FDU shot 27-52 (51.9%) from the field, 8-18 (44.4%) from three and 17-29 (58.6%) from the free-throw line.

Wilson led the Blue Devils with 16 points and Mitchell added 15 off the bench. Scantlebury had 12 points and Baker had 10 points off the bench. Outlaw only had seven points today after his 21-point performance yesterday in CCSU’s win.

CCSU shot 24-58 (41.4%) from the field, 7-22 (31.8%) from three and 16-27 (59.3%) from the free-throw line.

FDU outrebounded CCSU 41-26 with 30 defensive rebounds compared to the Blue Devils’ 18.

Thank you to Editor-in-Chief Elizabeth Scalzo for producing this live blog and student lifestyle editor Naniyah McClain for updating Twitter.

6:07 p.m.

Williams heads to the free-throw line and extends the Knights’ lead to 79-71 which will secure the first win of the season, ending a six-game losing skid going back to last season.

6:05 p.m.

FDU is up by six, 77-71 with 42 seconds remaining, Jenkins is at the free-throw line to extend the lead.

6:00 p.m.

With a minute remaining, CCSU heads to the free-throw line for two shots as FDU has the lead 75-68.

5:55 p.m.

Powell knocks in a crucial shot to extend the Knight’s lead to 71-64 with less than five minutes remaining. Powell has 11 points in his debut this season.

5:48 p.m.

CCSU has cut the lead as Myles Baker draws the foul to convert the three-point play as the Blue Devils are down 64-60 with 6:21 remaining.

5:38 p.m.

Williams slams it home and heads to the free-throw line to convert the three-point play as FDU is up 60-51 with 10 minutes left in the game.

5:35 p.m.

CCSU on a 9-1 run, CCSU is down 55-51 as a timeout is called by Greg Herenda with 11:47 remaining in the game. Mitchell is up to 13 points off the bench in this game.

5:23 p.m.

Rush leads the Knights with 12 as Square Jr. has 11 points and Williams has eight. Krishnan and Wilson both lead CCSU with nine points each.

5:22 p.m.

Jenkins gets his fourth point of the game as FDU is on a 7-0 run and extends the lead to 54-42 with 15:01 remaining.

5:19 p.m.

FDU starts out the second half hot from three as to extend the lead to 47-42 with 17:04 remaining in the game.

5:08 p.m.

At halftime, FDU has a seven-point lead, up 39-32.

FDU’s freshmen are stepping up. Munden Jr. stays hot and leads the Knights with eight points. Square Jr. has seven with Rush and Williams adding six each in the half.

Facing double teams and a swarming defense, Jenkins, FDU’s star point guard from West Virginia, is struggling with only two points on one made shot in the first half.

FDU shot 14-26 (53.8%) from the field, 3-8 (37.5%) from three and 8-13 (61.5%) from the free-throw line.

CCSU hasn’t found its offensive mojo today after last night’s 94-point performance. Outlaw only has two points after his 21 points last night. Mitchell leads the Blue Devils with eight points off the bench as Wilson has added seven and Scantlebury has six points. 

CCSU shot 9-29 (31%) from the field, 4-13 (30.8%) from three and 10-18 (55.6%) from the free-throw line.

FDU out-rebounded CCSU, 22-14 with 17 defensive rebounds compared to CCSU’s 8 in the first half as FDU held the lead for 19 minutes.

4:55 p.m.

Williams makes both of his free throws and extends FDU’s lead to five, 37-32 with one minute remaining. Williams is up to six points and has five rebounds in this first half.

4:49 p.m.

CCSU has cut the deficit as Scantlebury knocks in both of his free throws to pull the Blue Devils within one, 32-31 with two minutes remaining in the first half.

4:40 p.m.

Munden Jr. knocks in the three and is now up to eight points as FDU extends its lead to 31-23 with 4:40 remaining in the first half as Powell will head to the free-throw line for the first time this season.

4:36 p.m.

FDU leads 26-16 as the game goes into a media timeout with seven minutes remaining in the half.

4:35 p.m.

Square Jr. leads the Knights with seven as Rush has six points in the first half as well.

Mitchell leads the Blue Devils with five points off the bench as Krishnan has only three points to start the game out. 

Munden Jr. lays in the layup and is up to five points as FDU leads 25-16 with 8:13 remaining in the first half. 

4:22 p.m.

Guard Brandon Powell makes his debut of the season for FDU as he checks into the game with 14 minutes remaining in the first half. FDU is up 17-14 as Tre Mitchell knocks in a three for CCSU.

4:12 p.m.

Square Jr. lays in another layup and is now up to six points as FDU is up 12-3 as CCSU’s head coach Donyell Marshall calls a timeout with 17 minutes remaining in the first half.

4:09 p.m.

Square Jr. drives to the basket to give FDU a 6-3 lead with 17:56 remaining in the first half. Rush follows with a layup of his own to extend the lead to 8-3.

4:06 p.m.

Today’s starting lineup for the Knights is Jahlil Jenkins, Brandon Rush, Callum Baker, Elyjah Williams and John Square Jr. who will replace Pier Olivier-Racine.

Today’s starting lineup for the Blue Devils is Greg Outlaw, Ian Krishnan, Xavier Wilson, Jamir Reed and Nigel Scantlebury.

3:58 p.m.

Hi everyone and welcome to today’s men’s basketball live blog, with FDU taking on CCSU for the second day in a row in the new NEC round-robin schedule. I am Anthony Covino, the sports editor for The Equinox, back for another live blog.

FDU is looking to notch its first win of the season after five straight losses, including last night’s NEC opening loss to Central Connecticut. CCSU (1-3, 1-1) was impressive on offense in the 94-87 triumph over the Knights. 

“Every guy made every shot. That’s the team they are, they are very talented and well coached,” FDU head coach Greg Herenda said after last night’s loss. 

FDU’s Joe Munden Jr., a 6-4 guard from the Bronx, followed up his NEC Rookie-of-the-Week honors with a career high 16 points last night and looks to continue his hot start to the season today. Preseason All-NEC guard Jahlil Jenkins and Preseason All-NEC forward Elyjah Williams each scored 24 points in the loss. 

CCSU guard Greg Outlaw had a double-double with 21 points and 10 rebounds while guard Ian Krishan added 17 points for the Blue Devils.

Producing this live blog is Editor-in-Chief Elizabeth Scalzo and updating Twitter is student lifestyle editor Naniyah McClain.

Day two of gameplay for FDU against CCSU in new round-robin format. Art by Naniyah McClain.

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