NEW BRITAIN, Conn. -- Jalen Cannon scored 20 points and grabbed 10 rebounds as St. Francis topped Central Connecticut State 76-66 on Thursday night.
St. Francis (11-7, 2-1 Northeast Conference) led for nearly the entire game, taking a 34-28 lead at half and closing the game on an 11-6 run to pull away.
Brent Jones made 3-pointers on two consecutive possessions, the second coming with 1:44 left, as St. Francis took a 71-62 lead. The Red Flash made 5 of 6 free throw attempts in the last 1:15 to preserve the win.
Central Connecticut State (4-12, 0-3) held a brief lead at 40-39 midway through the second half before St. Francis responded with a 7-0 run that included a three-point play from Cannon.
Anthony White and Jones each scored 12 for the Red Flash, and Jones also had 11 assists.