FAIRFIELD, Conn. – The Connecticut 6 Classic is set and should provide another exciting tripleheader to officially start the college basketball season in the state of Connecticut. Central Connecticut State University will serve as host of this year’s event which takes place at Detrick Gymnasium on November 13.
Fairfield University and Yale University will tip off the day with a 3 pm match up, the first time that the two teams will face each other at this event. Quinnipiac University and Sacred Heart University are next on the docket with a 5:30 pm start, another first time match up for these two teams as part of the Connecticut 6 Classic. Central Connecticut and the University of Hartford will finish up the day with an 8 pm start, meeting for the first time in this event since the 2010 Classic.
Central Connecticut will welcome the 2015 tripleheader on its campus for the first time. The Blue Devils, which posted a 5-26 overall record last season, will begin their 21st season under Head Coach Howie Dickenman and will have another challenging schedule n 2015-16 that includes Rutgers University, the sixth straight season that the team will face a Big Ten team in non-conference play. Khalen Cumberlander represents the team’s top returning scorer with 9.9 points per game, followed by Brandon Peel’s 9.1 scoring average.
Fairfield will play the Connecticut 6 Classic opener for the second straight year when it takes on Yale University at 3 pm. The Stags are looking to rebound from last year’s 7-24 overall record as Head Coach Sydney Johnson seems to have the experience returning that will make that possible. Senior Marcus Gilbert comes off his best year with the program, netting a personal best 16.4 points per game in 2014-15. He earned All-Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) honors as a forward, while teammate Tyler Nelson collected MAAC All-Rookie honors after averaging 10.4 points per contest.
Hartford ended the 2014-15 season with 14 victories, reaching a double-digit win total for the fourth time in five seasons under Head Coach John Gallagher. The Hawks will look to the talents of senior Taylor Dyson and junior Justin Graham in 2015-16 as both were instrumental in last year’s success. Dyson averaged 8.2 points per game last season, while Graham, who earned America East’s Sixth Man of the Year honor, averaged 6.9 points and 2.2 rebounds per contest.
Quinnipiac finished up the 2014-15 campaign with a 15-15 overall record under Head Coach Tom Moore, who will look for his 150th career victory this season. The Bobcats have posted 143 wins in his eight seasons, averaging 18 wins per season in that time. Quinnipiac will turn to senior James Ford Jr. and sophomore Ayron Hutton for support this year. Ford Jr. averaged 5.3 points and 1.1 assists per game in 2014-15 while Hutton, a MAAC All-Rookie selection, registered 4.6 points and 2.4 assists per contest.
Sacred Heart finished the regular season with 15 overall wins and nine Northeast Conference (NEC) victories, the most overall and conference wins since the team went 17-14 and 12-6 in 2008-09. Head Coach Anthony Latina has the benefit of returning a double-digit scorer for the 2015-16 season, namely sophomore Cane Broome. Broom, an East Hartford, Conn. native, led all Pioneer scorers with 14.5 points per game, a stat which earned him All-Rookie honors from the NEC. Tevin Falzon was a force in the paint last year, placing in the NEC’s top four for rebounds (7.6) and blocks (1.5).
Yale concluded the 2014-15 season with a 22-10 overall record, the most wins since 1948-49, and shared the Ivy League Championship. Head Coach James Jones brought his team to Australia over the summer and won three of four games played there. Seniors Justin Sears and Jack Montague will anchor the 2015-16 Bulldogs after playing a key role in last year’s success. Sears led all scorers a year ago with a 14.7 scoring average, helping him secure the Ivy League Player of the Year and an All-America honorable mention berth. Montague recorded 8.3 points per outing.
For ticket information to the 2015 Connecticut 6 Classic, please visit the Central Connecticut State University ticket web site at www.ccsutickets.com or call the ticket office at (203) 832-2583.