CSI MEN CLINCH CUNYAC REGULAR SEASON CHAMPIONSHIP WITH FINALE WIN

CSI's Bloochy Magloire knocked down 12 of 19 shots, scoring 31 points.

The College of Staten Island men’s basketball squad successfully defended one of its championships tonight, defeating Hunter College, 78-65, to clinch the CUNYAC Regular Season Championship tonight. The game, which was supposed to take place this evening at Hunter College, was moved to the Sports & Recreation Center due to maintenance issues at Hunter’s gymnasium. The win was CSI’s fourth straight, and lifted the teams to marks of 19-5 overall and 14-2 in the CUNYAC. Hunter fell to 8-17, 5-11, respectively, and will come right back to CSI this coming weekend as part of the CUNYAC Postseason Tournament Quarterfinal round, where they have earned the field’s No. 8 seed.

The Dolphins exercised control of the game early. Bloochy Magloire hit the Dolphins’ first shot of the game, and a few moments later, Javon Cox gave the Dolphins a 4-2 lead that it would never relinquish. At 15:31, the Dolphins sailed ahead via a 10-0 run, powered by a Jonathan Chadwick-Myers three, two buckets by Magloire and then a three-point play by Cox. CSI appeared seemingly in control, but timely baskets by Lorenzo Brown and Robert Borusiewicz cut CSI’s lead down. Needing another lift, a Herschel Jenkins lay-up and another Magloire jumper helped CSI close the half on a 16-7 run, giving the visitors on their home floor a 37-20 lead at intermission.

The Dolphins continued to be impressive in the second stanza, countering every Hunter basket with field goals of their own, including a couple of great inside drives by Chadwick-Myers, and put-backs by Cox off of offensive rebounds. The Hawks needed a run, and although it took some time they did get one.

Down by 15 after another Magloire three, HC went on an 11-4 run, which featured six points from Lester Amin, including a three-point play that kicked it off. Hunter had narrowed CSI’s lead down to eight, 58-50, with just 8:01 to play. Magloire, however, who turned in one of his best efforts of the season, almost single-handedly put an end to the Hawks chances, knocking down two open three’s. A few moments later, Magloire found Chadwick-Myers for an open-look three and the junior knocked it down to give CSI back its 15-point lead with just 5:17 to go.

Hunter would close the game on a modest, 9-5, run over the final 3:51, but it was hardly enough, as CSI played comfortable down the stretch to preserve the win that clinched the CUNYAC crown. CSI scorched the basket, connecting on 59.3% shooting for the game, one that included a 69.6% mark in the second half (16-23). Magloire led all scorers with 31 points on 12-19 shooting, adding 9 rebounds and four blocks. Chadwick-Myers connected on 16 points and six assists. Amin finished with a team-high 18 points for Hunter.

CSI will now be idle until the opening round of the tournament, which kicks off on Sunday, February 17. CSI will host the No. 8 Hawks at 1pm. In other quarterfinal action, No. 2 Baruch will tackle No. 7 CCNY; No. 3 John Jay College will host No. 6 York College; and No. 4 Brooklyn College will host No. 5 Medgar Evers College.

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