MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica (Nov. 18) – The FAMU Rattler Men’s Basketball team ran into a red-hot Central Connecticut State Sunday night, dropping an 89-75 decision in the Jamaica Classic at Montego Bay.
Central Connecticut (3-2) shot a blistering 66.7 percent (28 of 42) from the floor overall, hit 43 percent (6 of 14) of their three-point shots, and 84.4 (27 of 32) of their foul shots.
The Rattlers (2-2) shot 35.5 percent (22 of 62, and was off their torrid three-point shooting pace of the early going, cashing in on 6 of 26 shots from distance Sunday night.
CCSU came out of the gates shooting hot (65.4 percent) from the floor to forge a 46-27 halftime advantage.
Meanwhile, the Rattlers shot 36 percent ((9 of 25), while hitting just three of their 11 three-point shots in the opening stanza, a trend which continued into the second half. Over the final 20 minutes, FAMU shot 35 percent (13 of 37) from the floor, and mounted a 48-43 scoring flurry to finish the game.
Senior guard Justin Ravenel, who came into Sunday’s game No. 7 in Division One in three-point shooting, had an off night from the floor, going one for 14 overall, and one for eight from distance. But he cashed in on 11 of 14 foul shots to finish with a team high 14 points. Newcomer Rod Melton added 13 points, while D.J. Jones and Richard Anderson each finished with nine points, and M.J. Randolph and Nasir Core each chipped in seven points.
Tyler Kohl led CCSU with a 20 point, 12 rebound double-double. Jamir Coleman scored 19 points, followed by Deion Bute with 14, Jan Krishnan with 13 and Joe Hugley with 10.
WHAT’S NEXT: The Rattlers continue a six-game road tour Wednesday night in Tampa as they face the USF Bulls at 7:00 p.m. in the fabled Sun Dome.