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Central Beats St. Francis (Pa.), Preseason NEC Favorite

At New Britain, Joe Hugley came off the bench to score 17 on 7-of-9 shooting and Central Connecticut State never trailed in a 72-68 victory over preseason favorite St. Francis (Pa.) in a Northeast Conference opener on Friday night.

Mustafa Jones added 12 points and seven rebounds, while Deion Bute scored 10 for the Blue Devils (8-6). Reserve Tyler Kohl scored 11 with eight rebounds, but he had nine of CCSU's 17 turnovers. The Blue Devils, picked to finish ninth in the 10-team conference, have won three straight.

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Keith Braxton paced the Red Flash (6-6) with 18 points, eight rebounds, four assists and seven steals. Jamaal King and reserve Scott Meredith added 14 points each. St. Francis lost for the first time in four games.

Jones scored four in a game-opening 12-2 run and the Blue Devils stretched their advantage to 35-21 at halftime.

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St. Francis Brooklyn 73, Sacred Heart 68: The Terriors made 14 3-pointers, which proved to be the difference at the Pitt Center in Fairfield. Rasheem Dunn scored 16 points and Chauncey Hawkins made four free throws in the final 22 seconds to lift the Terriors (4-9). Mario Matasovic had 17 points for the Pioneers (5-9), who were 6 of 25 from beyond the arc. Sacred Heart won the rebounding battle 45-28.

Women

Hartford 78, Yale 70: A season-best five Hawks scored in double figures to lead Hartford in the consolation game of the Fordham Holiday Classic at Fordham, N.Y. Lindsey Abed scored 16 of her team-best 19 points in the second half to help propel the Hawks (8-5) to their fifth win in six games. Jen Berkowitz paced Yale with 21 points. Down the stretch, the Bulldogs (7-6) closed the gap to four with less than a minute left, but Abed iced the game by going 4 of 4 from the line.

Mount St. Mary's 68, Central Connecticut 56: Mount St. Mary's won the Northeast Conference opener despite a game-high 21 points from Caroline Hummell of the Blue Devils. Central (0-12, 0-1 NEC) erased a 12-point first-half deficit to take a three-point third-quarter lead, but couldn't hold on.

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Fairfield 56, Canisius 52: The Stags played their best defensive game of the season, holding the Golden Griffins to a 30.8 shooting percentage in a MAAC opener. Fairfield (4-8 overall), which struggled offensively as well, still hit 10 3-pointers. The Stags' Samantha Cooper scored 12 points, all in the first half, and had a career-best 19 rebounds. Fairfield went on an 0-for-17 drought at one point.

St. Francis 89, Sacred Heart 48: The Pioneers (4-8 overall) struggled to hit shots in their loss in the Northeast Conference opener. The NEC's leading scorer, Jessica Kovatch, had 31 points to lead the Red Flash (6-7). Adrianne Hagood led the Pioneers with 18 points. Sacred Heart made only 24.1 percent of its shots from the field while St. Francis made 54.4 percent.

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