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Central Connecticut State guard Matt Hunter declared academically ineligible

Dec 29, 2013, 9:34 PM EST

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Prior to Central Connecticut State’s close win over Albertus Magnus on Sunday afternoon, it was learned that the senior guard has been declared academically ineligible according to Mike Anthony of the Hartford Courant. Hunter, who averaged 15.3 points and 7.7 rebounds per game as a junior, was averaging 9.3 points and 6.3 rebounds in 12 games for the Blue Devils.

In their first game without the versatile Hunter the Blue Devils struggled against Albertus Magnus, winning 85-82 behind 22 points and ten rebounds from Faronte Drakeford and 20 points from Kyle Vinales. Terrell Allen added 18 points and nine rebounds off the bench, and with Hunter’s departure he may become a more important player moving forward.

Now 4-8 on the season, Howie Dickenman’s Blue Devils have one more non-conference game (Friday at Coastal Carolina) before opening NEC play on January 9 at Wagner. CCSU was picked to finish fifth in the league’s preseason poll, but the loss of Hunter could make it difficult to hang with the likes of three-time defending champion LIU Brooklyn, Wagner, Bryant and Robert Morris.

  1. jimsjam33 - Dec 30, 2013 at 2:30 AM

    The only good player to come out of CCSU was Center Keith Closs in 1996 . He led the NCAA in shots blocked breaking David Robinson’s record . He was signed as a free agent in 1997 by the Los Angeles Clippers for five years and 8.5 million . Alcohol and gang banging got in the way of a promising career in the NBA . He ended up playing in China and retired in 2009 .

    • Raphielle Johnson - Dec 30, 2013 at 4:54 PM

      Closs may be the most recognizable CCSU Blue Devil to the average person, but Corsley Edwards was far superior.

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