Efese scored a career-high 21 points off the bench and blocked eight shots. The last player to have at least 20 points and eight blocks off the bench in a Division I game was Kenny George of UNC Asheville on Nov. 17, 2007.
In a close game throughout, CCSU (11-15, 7-8 Northeast Conference) led 37-35 at halftime, then outscored Pioneers (9-17, 7-8) 43-37.
Vinales' 28 points (21 in the second half) came on 8-of-20 shooting, including three 3-pointers. He was 9 for 9 at the foul line. Matt Hunter had a 10-point, 11-rebound double-double. Brandon Peel added 15 points.
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point guard Melo Trimble, considered a lock to leave the program before struggling in the second half last season, has withdrawn from the NBA draft and will return for his junior season.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.