The College of Staten Island men’s basketball team are on a torrid seven-game winning streak, and will put it on the line tonight against Lehman College in a CUNYAC tilt on the road, part of a CSI vs. Lehman doubleheader. Lehman was able to turn back a four-game losing streak recently and will be looking to stay strong as well.
CSI VS. LEHMAN COLLEGE AT-A-GLANCE
Matchup: CSI (9-6, 5-1 CUNYAC) vs. Lehman (5-7, 3-2 CUNYAC)
Where: The Apex – 250 Bedford Park Boulevard West, Bronx, NY
Live Stats: https://lehmanathletics.com/sidearmstats/mbball/summary
Live Video: https://lehmanathletics.com/watch/?Live=369&type=Live
All-Time Series: Staten Island leads 52-15
Last Meeting: February 23, 2018 – Staten Island won 77-75
Players to Watch (CSI): CSI continues to be paced by junior Christian Taylor, who is coming off of a 29-point performance against Brooklyn and is now averaging 22.6 points per game. He also leads the Dolphins with 53 assists and 35 steals, posting a 52% from the floor. Adeola Latunji is CSI’s other major scoring force, averaging 19.2 points and a team-best 8.8 rebounds per contest. Latunji is shooting an even 50% from the floor and leads the team defensively with 13 blocked shots. Stephan Flagg has seven starts and is CSI’s other double-digit scorer with 12.7 per game. Flagg is also averaging a robust 7.4 rebounds per contest. Austin Mick and Andrew Kartalis have shown some good flair at times from beyond the arc and are one-two in three-pointers this season with 23 and 19, respectively.
Players to Watch (LC): Lehman is getting balanced scoring this season, with four players averaging in double-figures. Isaiah Geathers is the leader with 14.2 points per game, shooting 50.2% from the floor while averaging 7.5 rebounds per game. Miguel Haboosh has started all but one game for Lehman, averaging 12.6 points per contest and is second on the squad in assists per game as well. Andre Hampton has appeared in just two games, averaging 10.5 points while Jaquon Strong is at 10.1 ppg. Xavier Boyd and Will Feldman are two players to keep your eye on. Both are averaging over nine points per contest. Boyd is second on the unit with 20 three-point baskets.
News & Notes: This has been a great series through recent years and that came to a head last year. Lehman won two tight games including one in overtime, but CSI got even in the biggest CUNYAC matchup of the season, defeating the Lightning, 77-75, in the Championship Final. Since the 2013-14 season, CSI is 7-5 against Lehman. before that, CSI had 14 of 15 meetings over Lehman from 2003-13. CSI is 20-9 all-time in games played at Lehman, but the Lighning have taken two of the last three minutes held at the Bronx school. Ironically, Lehman has struggled at home this season, dropping four of five games, and they haven’t claimed victory at home since December 4, a win over Medgar Evers, 84-76. CSI meanwhile, is 5-2 in away games this season, and in this recent seven-game win streak, they have won four-straight on the road, with three wins coming against CUNYAC opposition. The two teams share wins over Medgar Evers and York College this season, and a loss to John Jay. The only difference in common opponents is Brooklyn College. Lehman hosted Brooklyn last weekend, falling 76-62, while CSI recently faced Brooklyn on the road on Monday, taking a 69-65 victory.