The College of Staten Island men’s basketball team led coast-to-coast this evening en route to a 77-65 win over York College as part of CUNYAC play in Jamaica, Queens, this evening, using a strong first half to gain a big lead.  The Dolphins improved to 16-6 overall and 10-3 in the CUNYAC, while the Cardinals fell to 12-9, 7-5, respectively.

A three-pointer by Frank Schettino got CSI started on a 16-6 run to open the game.  Schettino scored the first eight points of the run and 11 points overall in the opening stages, and the sophomore didn’t stop there.    In a sharp-shooting first half, Schettino knocked down another three-bal to give CSI its biggest lead at 38-22 with 3:04 left in the opening stanza, and the Dolphins would eventually take a 38-26 lead into the lockers, sparked by Schettino’s 17 points.

CSI scored the first four points of the second half to match their 16-point lead, and CSI went up by as many as 19 on a Will Fonseca three-point play that made it 51-32 with 15:39 to go.  York was able to chip away from there, but CSI responded with a 9-2 run that gave them their biggest edge, 66-44, with 8:55 to go on a Michael Tate jumper.  

Down 20 with three minutes to play, York used a 10-2 run to close the game and the gap, but the Dolphins were still able to come away with a 77-65 victory by the final whistle.

Schettino would finish with 22 points and seven assists for the Dolphins, while Fonseca put up 27 points and seven rebounds.  Thomas Delahanty added 12 markers and a team-high eight rebounds.  York was paced by Taron Pascal’s 15 points and Ryan St. John’s 14.  CSI shot an even 60% this evening (30-50), holding York to 39.7% shooting (25-63).

CSI is back in action on Tuesday, February 10, when they travel to face Medgar Evers College at 8pm in Brooklyn.