Brooklyn, NY | The College of Staten Island got a career-high 30 points from Adeola Latunji and the Dolphins scored the 8th-highest single game total in their history, soaring past Medgar Evers College on the road as part of CUNYAC play, 112-80. CSI improved to 3-6 with the win and 2-1 in CUNYAC play, while the Cougars fell to 2-7, 0-3, respectively.
CSI led from start to finish, scoring often and never truly slowing down in their highest-scoring game since 2014. The Dolphins raced out to an immediate, 9-0 lead, using a three from Latunji to help start things off, followed by another by senior Stephen Flagg, who made his season debut tonight after missing the first eight games to the season. After the game’s first six and a half minutes, CSI extended to double-digits for the first time on a drive by Chamald Martin, who also registered a career scoring high tonight, scoring on a lay-in to give CSI a 16-6 lead.
A 16-5 CSI run spanning a little over three minutes extended CSi well ahead later, 34-13, catapulted by a pair of three-point plays from Latunji and Martin. With just under three minutes to play in the opening stanza, CSI took a whopping 26-point lead, extending to 54-28 on a Christian Taylor three-point play. Showing signs of life, MEC would finish the stanza on a 12-5 run, highlighted by a Darrell Spaulding three, but the Dolphins were comfortably ahead at intermission, 59-40.
After MEC cut the lead further to start the second stanza, the Dolphins seemingly closed the door with a 20-8 run over seven minutes with Flagg pumping in three baskets, one a three to give CSI a 79-50. At the six-minute mark, Nicholas Taylor roped in a three to extend CSI to 98-62, and shortly after CSI hit the century mark on an Austin Mick lay-up.
The 112 points the Dolphins was their 8th-highest in their history, and the first time they hit the exact number in their history. CSI had scored 113 points against Medgar Evers back in 2014.
Latunji’s career 30-point day was marked by a 9-16 shooting clip from the field and an impressive 11-12 performance from the free-throw line. He also added 13 rebounds and a pair of assists, blocks and steals. Flagg’s debut was on point, as the guard poured in 16 points on 6-12 shooting with 10 rebounds in just 22 minutes. Christian Taylor was next in line with 16 points, while Martin finished in double-figures with 14 points and six boards. MEC was led by Justin Sutton’s 20 markers, while Chad Marcus poured n 17 points with four rebounds.
CSI out-rebounded MEC, 56-50, and finished shooting 48.1% from the field (39-81), holding the Cougars to a chilly 32.5% (27-83).
CSI will enjoy an off weekend before returning to the court on Tuesday, December 11, on the road against Kean University for a non-conference tilt at 7:00 pm.