The College of Staten Island men’s basketball team ran their unbeaten CUNYAC streak to five games, slipping by Lehman College, 72-68, in conference action played this evening at the Apex in the Bronx, New York. CSI improved to 8-2 overall and 5-0 in the CUNYAC, while the Lightning, who erased a 13-point deficit to take a handful of leads in the second half, fell to 6-7, 1-3, respectively.
Lehman took its first lead of the game with 7:27 remaining in the second half, when junior swingman Kelvin Gil made a jumper, making the score 58-57. Gil would score five consecutive points for Lehman, and, with 4:19 remaining, Lehman had a two-point lead, 63-61.
A CSI layup by Kevin King tied the score, before Dylan Bulger gave CSI the lead again, making one of his two free throws. On the ensuing possession, junior guard Erasmo Soto put the Lightning ahead once again, driving the lane for a layup.
But CSI’s inside-outside offense once again burned Lehman, as shooting guard Jonathan Chadwick-Myers made a three-pointer, his seventh of the game, giving the Dolphins the lead back, 67-65, with 1:11 to go.
CSI would build the lead to four points before Lehman senior forward Anthony Rodriguez hit a three-pointer with 2.2 seconds to go, cutting the lead to a single point. Lehman fouled CSI’s Bloochy Magloire, who finished with 17 points, who missed the first, but made his second free throw. The score was now 70-68, in favor of CSI.
Then, chaos ensued.
On the inbounds pass, Rodriguez threw the ball deep downcourt, where the ball went out of bounds. CSI would inbound the ball, get fouled, and Magloire would convert both free throws with 1.4 seconds to play, for the 72-68 victory.
Leading all scorers was CSI’s Chadwick-Myers, who hit eleven baskets, including the seven treys, for 29 points. Dylan Bulger was a major factor in the game for CSI, scoring 14 points while grabbing 13 rebounds, despite finishing with four fouls.
For Lehman, Kelvin Gil, who was so vital during the comeback stretch in the second half, had 22 points to lead the way. Rodriguez added 14 points in the effort.
The Dolphins had opened up a 13 point lead in the game in the first half, riding Chadwick-Myers’ 21 first half markers, and took a 39-29 lead into the lockers before the Lightning ultimately chipped away.
CSI will get to action on Thursday, when they host St. Joseph’s College of Brooklyn at 7:30pm.
-Story courtesy of Lehman College Sports Information