NEW BRITAIN, Conn. -- Matt Hunter led five players in double figures with 21 points and seven rebounds and Brandon Peel posted his first career double-double to help Central Connecticut State hold off Sacred Heart 84-78 Thursday night in a Northeast Conference battle.
Peel, a freshman who has started the last three games for CCSU (6-8, 2-1), finished with 17 points and 17 rebounds, both career highs. Kyle Vinales added 15 points and seven assists, Malcolm McMillan tallied 12 points and seven rebounds and Terrell Allen pulled down 11 boards for the Blue Devils, who grabbed a season-high 49 rebounds.
CCSU took its first lead, 53-52, behind two McMillan free throws with 9:02 left. From there, the score changed eight times before Hunter converted a 3-pointer that sparked an 18-13 run over the final 4 minutes for the Blue Devils.
Maryland point guard Melo Trimble, considered a lock to leave the program before struggling in the second half last season, has withdrawn from the NBA draft and will return for his junior season.
Louisville's Chinanu Onuaku, who recently underwent a medical procedure to correct a heart rhythm issue detected during the combine, will keep his name in the NBA draft pool.
Andrew White III will return to the Nebraska men's basketball team next season after removing his name from the NBA draft.