NEW BRITAIN, Conn. – We all know that “nice guys finish last”, and the nicest guy in the NEC will likely finish his career at the bottom of the conference standings, although with three games to go, Howie Dickenman’s squad is playing its best basketball. Thursday night, his Central Connecticut squad led the entire second half in a 76-72 win over Mount St. Mary’s at Detrick Gym.
Dickenman made official Thursday following the game what was already common knowledge thanks to sources and social media, his 20th season in charge of CCSU basketball would be the 69-year-old’s final one. It was typical Dickenman that he was slightly annoyed that word of his retirement leaked out before he could make it official, technology and social media are not really his thing.
Continue reading “Howie Dickenman Not Going Out Winner, But An NEC Legend”
Howie Dickenman, at 68 years young, has been dealt some tough hands the last couple of seasons at Central Connecticut. This, his 19th at the table with CCSU, looked like it could hold some winning cards,none more valuable than his ace, senior Kyle Vinales, who was a first-team preseason pick and the leading returning career scorer in the conference.
But just two weeks before the regular season began, Vinales was arrested after an altercation with his girlfriend and subsequently suspended indefinitely. The Blue Devils lost their first seven games, and were down to just nine players in uniform with starting point guard (and another senior) Malcolm McMillan out injured heading into Saturday’s short drive to Hartford. They also learned earlier in the week that Vinales would not return, leaving school completely, ending his collegiate career on an unfortunate note.
Continue reading “Three Thoughts: Central Connecticut 56, Hartford 47”
For someone as accomplished as Kyle Vinales was — the 2011-12 NEC Rookie of Year, two NEC All-Conference Teams — it wasn’t supposed to end this way. Continue reading “Kyle Vinales’ Central Connecticut Career is Over”
Fairfield won the first game of the Connecticut 6 at Quinnipiac’s TD Bank Sports Center, beating Central Connecticut 71-63. Here are three thoughts from that game. Continue reading “Three Thoughts: Fairfield 71, Central Connecticut 63”
This is the seventh of 10 NEC previews before the season starts. You can find links to the first six at the bottom of this post. Continue reading “NEC Preview 2014-15: #4 Central Connecticut”
Merely six days ago, a soft-spoken Kyle Vinales sat at a table inside the Barclays Center for the Northeast Conference (NEC) Social Media Day. Continue reading “Kyle Vinales Arrested, Status At CCSU Unknown”
Earlier this offseason we posted a “Way Too Early” all-conference assortment on the NEC, so now John and I are making it official. Continue reading “Big Apple Buckets NEC Preseason Individual Awards”
A month ago something changed for the Wagner Seahawks. After a dominating performance against Central Connecticut in the quarterfinals of the NEC tournament Wagner hopes that change will take the team to its ultimate goal, the NCAA tournament. Continue reading “Wagner 83, Central Connecticut 59”
The race for the NEC Player of the Year is picking up steam. I think most pundits would have Robert Morris’ Karvel Anderson leading Bryant’s Alex Francis at the moment. It certainly makes sense. Continue reading “Tempo-Free NEC: The Player of the Year Chase”
Standing with arms akimbo, Howie Dickenman surveyed his team as they were struggling to open the second half of Saturday afternoon’s game. After knocking down five straight three-pointers, spurring an improbable 21-5 run out of halftime, Fairleigh Dickinson (FDU) held a 13-point lead five minutes into the second frame. During the barrage of Knight rainmakers, not once did Dickenman call a timeout to stop the bleeding. He simply stood there with a frown. Continue reading “Kyle Vinales’ Return Gives CCSU Renewed Life”