Lehman College rode a huge second half to a big, 95-73, win over the College of Staten Island in men’s hoops this evening as part of CUNYAC play at the Apex arena in the Bronx.  The Lightning shot over 60% in the frame, outscoring CSI, 55-37, en route to the win.  CSI fell to 7-5 overall and 4-2 in the CUNYAC, while Lehman lifted to 9-5, 4-2, respectively.

Baskets by Will Fonseca and Thomas Delahanty helped pace CSI in the early-going to an 8-4 advantage after the game’s first four minutes, but a 6-0 Lehman answer was the first sign that it would be Lehman’s night as Lehman took their first lead of the night at 14:11.  

After trading a series of buckets, LC took the lead on an Olando Minott lay-in that started a 9-3 run that finished with LC holding a 23-17 lead with 8:55 to go.  Free-throws by Mohamed Marie would ultimately tie the game at 26-26, but that’s as close as the Dolphins would get the rest of the way.  Two more three-pointers by Minott helped pace Lehman to a 40-36 halftime edge.

Two buckets by Fonseca to start the second half put CSI to within 41-40 in the early stages, but then a Jerrome Jones jumper started a 27-7 run over the next six minutes that ran CSI out of the game.  The red-hot Lightning seemingly could not miss, as Jonathan Greenfield posted three field goals and Minott added another pair.  A frustrated CSI suffered a pair of technical fouls as well to Delahanty and Marie.

CSI kept pace with Lehman from there the rest of the way, cutting the heavy LC lead to as few as 12, 80-68 with over four minutes to play, but the Lightning responded with a 14-2 run over the next three minutes that ballooned LC’s lead en route to the 22-point win in the end.

Minott led all scorers with 25 points, adding six rebounds, while Greenfield posted 23 points and five rebounds.  For CSI, Fonseca was crisp with a game-high 27 points, adding seven boards, with Marie finishing with 13 points.  CSI shot just 4-19 from beyond the arc, and was out-rebounded, 40-26.  CSI also suffered 17 turnovers, as did Lehman.

Up next for the Dolphins will be a date against FDU-Florham on Monday evening, January 12, at 7:30pm at the Sports & Recreation Center.