New York, NY | The College of Staten Island men’s basketball team continued their season-long winning streak on the road tonight, winning the season series with City College of New York in the process thanks to an 84-73 victory at the Nat Holman Gymnasium. The win extended CSI to 11-7 overall and 9-1 within the CUNYAC while CCNY fell to 1-17, 1-9, respectively.
Despite the final, the home Beavers controlled play at the outset, taking an early lead by as many as five points thanks to early field goals from Salvatore Palazzolo and a three from Enesco Hunte. The Dolphins, however, struck back to take their first lead at the 13-minute mark when a Stephen Flagg jumper in the paint gave the visitors a 11-10 edge. That ignited a 7-0 CSI run, capped by a Jade Spencer three-point play.
A 12-2 run by CSI put the Dolphins up by a more comfortable, 28-14 edge, fueled by a Rigaud Destime four-point play and then another inside drive by Destime to cap the run. The home team, however, made the half’s final run over the final seven-plus minutes, out-scoring the Dolphins by a a 20-8 mark to end the frame. Two Brendan Hauser three’s started the run, part of six three-pointers by CCNY in the first half. At the break CSI held only a modest, 36-34, advantage.
After trading baskets to open the second half, CCNY’s Dardan Lahu added another three to get CCNY even at 41-41 with exactly 18 minutes to play. The Dolphins responded with an 8-2 run powered by three-straight Adeola Latunji points and then a three by senior Edin Bracic, and from there, CSI would not relinquish the lead.
After cutting to within two, CSI motored the lead back up until a critical juncture of the game. With a little over five minutes to play, Palazzolo hit a three to cut CSI’s lead to 67-60, but again CSI executed a fitting response by way of an 11-3 run over the next three minutes, securing the lead with four Robert Rossiter points and a three from Raymond Savage.
CSI had five players finish in double figures, led by Latunji’s 22 markers and seven rebounds. Savage poured in 14 while Taylor, Rossiter, and Flagg each went for 10. CCNY was led by Palazzolo’s 17 points and seven rebounds, while Hauser poured in 14. CCNY scored 12 three-point field goals in 26 attempts but committed 16 turnovers to CSI’s 11 and were out-rebounded 41-34.
The Dolphins will look to keep the win streak intact when they take on Baruch College on Wednesday evening at 7:30pm at The Tank in Staten Island.