The College of Staten Island men’s basketball team used a decisive first half run, then shut the door defensively, scoring a lop-sided, 74-51, win over City College of New York at the Nat Holman Gymnasium in New York, NY, this evening as part of CUNYAC play.  The Dolphins scored their 15th-straight win, the second highest in CSI program history, improving to 16-2 overall and a perfect 10-0 in CUNYAC play.  CCNY fell to 5-12, 3-7, respectively.

Despite the final score, it was the home Beavers that were having their way in the early going.  After CSI registered first, the Beavers reeled off 9 straight points, including two straight baskets from leading scorer Anthony Lewis.  Two minutes later, a three pointer by Manfred Cadet gave the Beavers a 12-4 mark at 14:19, and it seemed like the home squad had the momentum.

Then the Dolphins seemed to wake up.

CSI senior Bloochy Magloire found a wide-open Matt Van Manen for a quick lay-up, and on CSI’s next possession, Magloire nailed a jumper of his own to start what would eventually be a 19-2 CSI run over nearly 9 minutes to extend CSI to a 23-14 with four minutes to go in the frame.  Jonathan Chadwick-Myers notched three baskets in the run, including a driving lay-up at 6:41 that gave the Dolphins their first lead, 15-14, with 6:41 to go in the frame.  When CCNY closed to seven points on another Lewis lay-in, CSI rallied to end the frame on a 9-2 spurt, taking a commanding, 32-18, lead into the locker room.

The comfortable and controlled Dolphins would weather a quick CCNY flurry in the second frame, as CSI used a 7-0 bolt to erase five consecutive CCNY points to start the second frame and from there, CSI was content trading baskets, often using the fast break to power inside.  The exchanges were highlighted by Will Fonseca and Dylan Bulger dunks as CSI extended to a 22-point, 64-42 lead at the 6:41 mark, seemingly putting the game away.

CSI led by as many as 26 down the stretch before taxiing to the 74-51 final with both team’s reserves playing a majority of the final minutes.

The Dolphins enjoyed their best shooting night this season, shooting a blistering 62.7% from the field, despite going just 2-7 from beyond the arc.  On the opposite end, CCNY registered just a 32.2% performance.  CSI held the rebounding edge, 36-30, despite committing 18 turnovers to the Beavers’ 16.

Leading the way for the Dolphins was Magloire’s game-high 19 points on 7-11 shooting.  Javon Cox added 13 points and 9 rebounds, while Chadwick-Myers finalized with 11 points and five assists.  CCNY was paced by Lewis’ 15 points and team-high eight rebounds.

CSI is back in action on Friday evening when they host Baruch College at 7:30pm.  CSI defeated the Bearcats earlier this season, 64-53, in what was then their seventh-straight win in this current streak.