The College of Staten Island men’s basketball squad won for the third time in the last four tries, this time going on the road to defeat CUNYAC-rival Medgar Evers College by an 80-62 count at the Cougar Cave in Brooklyn, New York. CSI lifted its marks to 17-5 overall and 12-2 in the conference, while the Cougars fell to 10-13, 6-8, respectively. With the win, CSI also resumed control of first place in the CUNYAC, going one full game up in the standings over Baruch College with two games left to play in the race for the CUNYAC Regular Season Championship.
The last times both of these teams met, CSI fell behind in the first half by as many as 24 points, and trailed 38-14 at the half before staging an improbable comeback to win, 60-55. This time, the reverse was true, as CSI blitzed the Cougars in the first half. The Dolphins scored the game’s first 13 points over the first 5+ minutes, started by a Bloochy Magloire dunk, and aided by three Javon Cox baskets in the early-going.
The Cougars were able to chip away in the first half and chopped the CSI lead down to six points on a pair of occasions, the first on a Winston Douglas basket and the second on a pair of Michael Taylor freebies. CSI responded, however, to the tune of a 7-0 run, capped by a three-point play by Cox. Later, a Jonathan Chadwick-Myers three gave CSI their biggest lead, 32-15 with 22 ticks remaining, before Taylor would cap the half with three free-throws to make it 32-18 at the break.
In the second half, the teams traded baskets most of the way, as CSI stayed up by double-digits for the first 15 minutes of the frame. A 7-0 run, spearheaded by another Magloire dunk, gave CSI their biggest lead, 56-37, with 8:36 to play, but sure enough, the Cougars had a response.
A personal five-point tear by Taylor started a long, 16-4 run by the Cougars, and with just 4:14 to play, MEC had whittled the lead down to 60-53. CSI needed a lift, and got it thanks to clutch shooting of Chadwick-Myers, who hit three straight jumpers to spark a 10-0 run the other way and give CSI a commanding 70-53 lead, and from there, CSI was able to hold on en route to the 80-62 final.
Despite shooting just 23.5% from beyond the arc, CSI shot 44.3% overall and connected on 22-29 free-throws. Magloire led the Dolphins with 26 points, adding seven rebounds, while Cox posted 22 points and 11 boards. Chadwick-Myers poured in 21. Matt Van Manen led the Dolphins with 12 rebounds. MEC was led by Taylor’s 31 points and 10 rebounds, while Douglas posted 10 rebounds to go with 8 points.
Next up for CSI will by a date against John Jay in the team’s home finale at 7:30pm on Friday evening.