The Dolphins have their Senior Night spoiled by Lehman College, 81-64. With the win the Lightning improve to 17-8 overall and 12-4 CUNAYC while the Dolphins fell to 17-8 overall and 11-5 CUNYAC. With the loss the Dolphins lock up the No. 4 seed in the CUNYAC/Con-Edison Postseason tournament and the Lightning take the No. 3 seed.
Tonight’s loss marked the first time in 113 games that the Dolphins have lost back-to-back games. The last time this happened was the first two games of the 2011-12 season.
Lehman came out in the first have and absolutely exploded. The Lightning made shooting look easy tonight as they shot a cerebral 65% for a majority of the first half before tapering off to 55% at half time. CSI never led in this game as they couldn’t find an answer to slow down the fast paced offense.
By the 9:32 mark the Dolphins were already down double digits after a jumper by John Brens fell to give the Lightning an 11 point lead. Lehman carried that momentum for the rest of the half, as they were shooting uncontested high percentage shots.
Lehman took off and went on a 14-2 run late in the first half which gave the Lightning a 17 point lead over the Dolphins before it was broken up by a pair of Schettino free-throws.
CSI was finding trouble finding the same success on the opposite side of the court and only converted 9-29 (31%) shots in the first half which saw them on a lopsided 45-26 score line at the half.
Lehman had five players score in double figures led by Chaun Miller’s 19 points with a team high 4 3-point shots. The Dolphins had three players score in double digits led by Will Fonseca with 19 on 9=24 shooting while Frank Schettino poured in 15 points and Khari Rollock was the most efficient shooter for the Dolphins tonight with 10 points on 4-7 shooting.
The men played better in the second half which could be attributed to their step up in defense as Lehman wasn’t finding as many open looks. CSI outscored Lehman 38-36 in the second half but it wasn’t enough to overcome the massive deficit.
CSI didn’t give up despite the insurmountable odds and made it a 9 point game with 7:06 remaining in the game, once again from a pair of free-throws by Schettino. Lehman refused to let the Dolphins back in this game and went back up by 13 before Will Fonseca and Rollock were able to cash in and bring it back down to 9 for the last attempt to gain the lead.
The men looked gassed and just broken as shots were not falling for them tonight and on this night every shot was falling for the Lightning as they looked like they were shooting at an oversized rim.
The loss sealed the deal for the Dolphins and locked them into the No. 4 seed and will have to take on the No. 5 seeded York College on Sunday, February 22 at the CSI Sports & Recreation Center at 1:00 p.m. which will be a rematch of last year’s CUNYAC finals match where York won 87-84. This season however, the Dolphins have had York’s number and have swept them and will look to make it three in a row and advance to the semi-finals.