The John Jay men’s basketball team was defeated at home on Friday evening to the College of Staten Island (CSI) 90-79 at the Doghouse.
With the loss, John Jay falls to 7-11 (2-5 CUNYAC), while the College of Staten Island improves to 12-4 (7-0 CUNYAC).
CSI had five players score in double figures and was was led by TJ Tibbs with 22 points (including 15-for-16 from the free throw line), followed by David Hughes with 18, Jordan Young with 17, Dale Tarranto with 15 (to go along with 11 rebounds and eight assists) and Bloochy Magliore with 12.
The numbers were fairly even in most categories. John Jay made 34 fields goals, CSI 33. Both teams grabbed 36 rebounds and both teams committed 23 turnovers. But CSI got to the free throw line thirty times, twice as many as the Bloodhounds.
And the Dolphins made 21-of-30 (70.0 percent), while John Jay made just 6-of-15 (40.0 percent) in the contest.
The visiting Dolphins led from start to finish. Up 38-28 with 4:14 to go, CSI closed out the first half on a 9-3 to take their biggest lead of the half as the Dolphins went into halftime up 47-31.
CSI led by as much as 21 points in the second half and led 59-38 with 14:35 to play.
But the Bloodhounds came storming back and made a game of it. John Jay was down by 17 at 64-47 before quickly zipping off an 8-0 run to make the score 64-55 with 8:49 to play.
CSI went back up by double figures briefly and had a 67-55 advantage with 8:25 to play. But the Bloodhounds went on an 8-1 run after that and managed to lower its deficit to just five at 68-63 with 6:02 remaining.
But the Dolphins answered the call when they had to, and responded with an 8-0 run to take a 76-63 lead and CSI had a double-digit lead the rest of the way.
CSI shot 33-for-59 (55.9 percent) from the floor and outscored the Bloodhounds 56-48 on points in the paint.
The Dolphins will host Lehman College on Wednesday, January 26 in a 7:30 pm doubleheader following the women’s game at 5:30 pm.