In a game that featured 9 lead changes, Brooklyn College got the better of the College of Staten Island in their men’s basketball CUNYAC finale, 67-62, in a game played earlier this evening at the Sports & Recreation Center. The win lifted Brooklyn to 13-11 overall and 9-4 in the CUNYAC while the Dolphins fell to 15-8, 10-3, respectively. The win guaranteed the Bulldogs a first round home game in the upcoming CUNYAC/Con Edison Postseason Championship quarterfinal round. CSI locked up the No. 1 seed overall despite the loss.
The lead changed hands a total of eight times over the first 10 minutes. Consecutive layups by Herschel Jenkins and Frank Husslein at 9:08 tied the game at 18-18, but BC then seized control, running off a 17-2 run over the next seven minutes powered by 10 points from senior Darnell Cudjoe. CSI had time for one more response, however, shutting out the Bulldogs over the last 2:55 to take a 8-0 run. Bloochy Magliore book-ended the run with a pair of three’s while Jordan Young powered for a lay-up.
The run continued for the Dolphins in the second stanza to the tune of 11 straight points to open the frame over the first 4:53. Magliore ended that with another three-ball, and even after BC finally scored on a Ahmad Hemingway basket, CSI scored another pair of layups to take a 43-37 edge with 14:15 to go.
From there, the game was a series of runs. A Kavon Baker layup ended a 6-0 run to knot the score and then CSI went on an 8-2 run to get back up by six with 8:31 to play. Later, CSI nursed a 57-52 lead at 3:48 before the game turned a final time. A three-point play by Cudjoe got things started, and a pair of quick turnovers translated into Brooklyn lay-ups to give the visitors control at 59-57. CSI asked for time, but following a TJ Tibbs miss, Tyshawn Russell converted another layup to put BC up by four with 1:16 to play.
Russell added a free-throw and after a Tibbs layup, Russell was sent to the line three more times, sinking five of six at the stripe to seal the win. The win evened the season series between the two teams at one game apiece.
John Amil led BC with 20 points, but Cudjoe had a great performance, notching 16 points with 12 rebounds. Russell added 11 points. For CSI, Magliore led the charge with 21 points on 8-16 shooting. Young added 13 points to go with 10 rebounds while Tibbs added 12 markers to go with six rebounds and four assists.
CSI will finalize its regular season on Tuesday, February 15, when it hosts St. Joseph’s College (Brooklyn) at 7:30pm. It will also be Senior Night at CSI, as the Dolphins will honor their lone senior, Liwei Pan.