On a night when College of Staten Island junior Will Fonseca dumped in 39 points and joined exclusive statistical company, the Dolphins powered over visiting City College of New York, 83-70, at the Sports & Recreation Center as part of CUNYAC play. The win lifted the Dolphins to 15-6 overall and 9-3 within the CUNYAC, while the Beavers fell to 6-14, 1-12, respectively.
Fonseca finished the game with 39 points on 15-25 shooting, adding a 9-12 performance from the free-throw line with 15 rebounds. The point total was the fifth-highest single game total in CSI history, eclipsing CSI Hall of Famer’s Rob Roesch’s 38 point performance against Medgar Evers College in 1988, and was the most points by a Dolphin since T.J. Tibbs scored 40 against Rhode Island in 2012. On top of that, his 15 rebounds put him at 263 for the season, and he became only the fourth CSI Dolphin in history to eclipse the 500-point, 250-rebound total in the same season. Rob Roesch accomplished the feat twice, in 1988 and 1989, along with CSI Head Coach tony Petosa (1986) and Tom Johnson (1981).
On the court, CSI raced out to a quick, 10-2, lead, sparked by eight Fonseca points on four CCNY turnovers. The Dolphins went up by 12 on a series on occasions, before Frank Schettino gave the Dolphins their largest first-half lead, 31-17, with 8:39 to go in the frame. Fonseca and company powered the inside game, as CSI scored 28 of their 43 first-half points in the paint. Still, a modest 5-0 run by CCNY to close the frame kept the Beavers within distance at 43-35.
The Beavers made things closer, getting to within five, 48-43, with 16:12 to go, and then making it 56-52 with 12:57 to go in regulation, but the Dolphins soon wrestled away control. A 9-0 CSI run followed, again powered by Fonseca, who punched in a dunk, and Frank Schettino who converted two fast break layups. From there, CSI kept the Beavers at bay, going up by as many as 15, before settling for an 83-70 final tally.
Schettino added 23 points and 11 assists for the Dolphins, while Delahanty poured in 10 points and six rebounds. For CCNY, the team was paced by Anthony Lewis; 22 points and 13 rebounds, while David Solano added 18 markers off of the bench. CSI out-rebounded CCNY, 42-31, and were a +6 in the turnover column, forcing 18 CCNY errors.
The Dolphins are back in action on Friday night, travelling to York College for an 8pm CUNYAC tilt against the Cardinals.