The College of Staten Island men’s basketball squad led most of the way, but eventually fell to visiting Montclair State University, 78-73, in non-conference action played at the Sports & Recreation Center this evening. The loss snapped the Dolphins’ four game win skein, dipping the team to 14-4 overall, while MSU lifted their overall mark to 13-7.
CSI scored the first five points of the game, aided by the first of four Bloochy Magloire three-pointers, keeping MSU at bay for most of the first half. Later, CSI’s biggest run started at 12:10, when a Dylan Bulger lay-in started an 8-0 run which gave CSI a 21-11 lead with 10:41 to go in the frame. From there, however, CSI went cold, connecting on just one of their next seven shots, including going 1-for-4 from the free-throw line, with two turnovers, over the next six minutes as MSU rallied.
A pair of Ordel Goldson jumpers cut CSI’s lead to 27-25, and then, with 3:07 to go in the first half, a Chris Torres three-pointer gave MSU their first lead, 31-29. CSI responded, however, answering a Daniel Singleton jumper to make it 33-29, with a 10-2 run to close the half. CSI’s Kevin King converted two fast break layups on the run, and Jonathan Chadwick-Myers sealed it with one of his four three-pointers, as CSI took a 39-35 lead into the lockers.
Another Magloire three pointer gave CSI their first of four six-point leads in the frame, and at 13:36, Magloire’s second dunk of the gave CSI their biggest second-half lead, 55-47. From there, however, MSU answered the call and began to chip away.
An immediate 6-0 run got MSU started, and then at 8:50, a Torres three-pointer tied to score at 60-60. A Magloire three then got CSI back up, but another mini 6-0 MSU run, ending on a Singleton lay-up, gave MSU a 66-63 edge with 6:11 to go.
CSI again went cold. After cutting the lead to 66-65, the Dolphins converted on just two of their final 10 shots, using only a Chadwick-Myers three-point play and a pair of free-throws to try and claw back.
The game took a decisive turn at the 2:30 mark. Down 72-70, CSI forced a three-point miss by MSU’s Kevin McGorry, but allowed an offensive rebound by Singleton, who drove the baseline and dunked one home. Singleton, however, was called for a technical foul for hanging on the rim, but CSI, with two shots and possession missed the front-end freebie, and then missed three baskets, including two lay-ups on the same possession. MSU got the ball back, but turned it over, and CSI missed another pair of shots before MSU picked up a rebound and iced the game at the line.
MSU won the battle of the boards, 41-33, including an 18-8 advantage on the offensive glass. McGorry paced MSU with 19 points while Singleton added 14 and Goldson 13. CSI got 25 points from Chadwick-Myers and another 24 from Magloire. CSI’s bench was out-scored, 38-8.
The Dolphins are back in action on Wednesday night, when they host City College of New York at 5:30pm.