Central Connecticut State tops Niagara 74-71

Ken Horton scored 25 points and hauled in 10 rebounds as Central Connecticut State ended a four-game losing streak Sunday with a 74-71 victory over Niagara.

Robby Ptacek added 23 points and Shemik Thompson had 10 points and 10 assists for the Blue Devils (5-5).

Anthony Nelson's 24 points led Niagara (3-8), which concluded an eight-game road trip — its longest since the 1940-41 season — with two wins.

The game turned on an 11-0 run in the second half, just after Eric Williams gave Niagara a 49-44 lead on a layup with 15:44 left. The Purple Eagles then missed six consecutive shots, committed four turnovers and went from being pursued to giving pursuit, down 55-49 with 11:19 left.

Niagara tied it at 65 on Nelson's layup with 3:38 left. But Horton answered with a layup 12 seconds later, and the Blue Devils led for good, even surviving Ptacek fouling out with 5:26 left.