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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.

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....