STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- Marcus Burton scored 23 points with seven assists off the bench and Wagner overcame a career day by Kyle Vinales as the Seahawks downed Central Connecticut State 101-82 Thursday night.
Vinales tallied a career-high 42 points, including eight 3-pointers. The sophomore surpassed 1,000 points in his career, becoming the fastest player in CCSU (10-13, 6-6 Northeast Conference) history to reach the mark. Vinales scored 30 points in the Blue Devils' first meeting with Wagner in a 73-66 victory.Wagner (14-10, 8-5) scored over 100 points in a regulation game for the first time since Dec. 15, 2007, when it beat Maryland-Eastern Shore 105-86.Latif Rivers added 15 points and seven rebounds while Kenneth Ortiz had 14 points and seven assists for the Seahawks, who had 23 assists and shot 61.4 percent (35 of 57).Wagner coach Bashir Mason set the program's Division I record for wins by a first-year coach.
In NEC action tonight, both Mt. St. Mary's guard Sam Prescott and Central Connecticut guard Kyle Vinales scored 40 points. They are the 1st pair of players from the same conference to top the 40-point plateau on the same day since Tyrese Rice and Sean Singletary did so for Boston College and Virginia, respectively in ACC play on March 1, 2008. It is the 9th such occurrence of its kind since the 1996-97 season.
Kyle Vinales scored 42 points for Central Connecticut State in a loss to Wagner on Thursday. He is the second NEC player to score 40 or more points tonight (Sam Prescott scored 44 for Mt. St. Mary's). The 42 points is tied for the fourth-highest points scored by a D-I player this season.