ALVERNIA HALTS CSI WIN STREAK AT SIX

The College of Staten Island men’s basketball team saw their win streak halted at six games, falling on the road to Alvernia University by a 66-58 count in non-conference play in Reading, Pennsylvania.  CSI fell to 6-3 overall and will be idle until December 29.  Alvernia improved to 4-3.

It was a tale of two halves for the Dolphins, who led by as many as eight points in the first frame, shooting 52.2% from the field as they nursed a 31-27 edge at intermission.  The Dolphins, however, mustered only 37.9% in the second half, scoring only 27 points and falling behind quickly in the second half, never quite able to recover.

Powered by a couple of early Josh Vargas baskets, the Crusaders took a 13-7 edge just under six minutes in, but CSI used a 22-8 run over the next 11 minutes to get out in front 29-21.  The catalyst was senior T.J. Tibbs, who bruised Alvernia for 16 first-half points.  Inside of three minutes to go in the half, however, Alvernia seized some momentum, when a Corey Boone tip-in at the buzzer nipped CSI’s lead to four.

From there, Alvernia stormed out of the second half gate, using a 13-2 run over the first 5:20 of the second half to take over the lead at 40-33.  CSI shot just 1-for-7 with a pair of turnovers over the stretch.  A five-point outburst from Bloochy Magloire got CSI back to within one, and CSI took back the lead at 10:13, and held three seperate one-point leads as the time dwindled away.

Alvernia, however, would save the best for last.  Another offensive rebound and tip-in by Boone at 3:43 started an 11-2 closing run for the Crusaders, who got a back-breaking three-pointer by Vargas over the stretch and scored their final six points at the charity stripe as CSI (who shot just 1-6 in the final four minutes) was forced to foul.

AU’s Vargas led all scorers with 23 points adding three assists; Boone added 15 points and a team-high eight rebounds.  Tibbs finished with 22 points, while Jordan Young added 15.

CSI will next be in action on December 29-30, when they usher in their 10th Annual Tournament of Heroes at the Sports & Recreation Center.  CSI will play Vaughn College in a 7:30pm game that evening.  Bethany College will face Illinois-Wesleyan to start action at 5:30pm.

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