The College of Staten Island men’s basketball team is coming off of a solid win on the road against defending CUNYAC-Champion Baruch College, and will look to continue the positive movement as they get set tonight to take on John Jay College on the road in Manhattan, at 7pm. Meanwhile, the Bloodhounds will be celebrating Homecoming and are coming off of their first win of the season against CCNY, so they stand to be electrified and ready for action.
CSI vs. JOHN JAY COLLEGE AT-A-GLANCE
Matchup: CSI (5-2 overall, 2-0 CUNYAC) vs. John Jay College (1-7 Overall, 1-2 CUNYAC)
Where: The Doghouse – 899 10th Avenue, New York, NY
Live Audio: http://www.sidearmstats.com/johnjay/mbball/?
Live Stats: http://www.johnjayathletics.com/watch/?Live=39?
All-Time Series: CSI leads 49-12
Last Year’s Result: CSI won both meetings, 81-42 & 78-67
Players To Watch (CSI): Junior Vincent Dacunto is displaying a hot hand for the Dolphins, boasting a 63% field goal percentage, and climbing into second place on the squad in three-point buckets with 11. Senior Will Fonseca continues to lead the squad in scoring, landing another 18-point effort against Baruch on Tuesday. Freshman Wesley Smith’s role is getting bigger with each game, he played 20 minutes in the win on Tuesday, notching four points on 2-2 shooting.
Players To Watch (JJC): Essien Epps has been the go-to guy this season for the Bloodhounds, averaging 20.5 points per contest with 5.3 rebounds. He is also a threat from beyond the arc with 20 three-pointers this season, and banging in 28 points in JJC’s win over CCNY on Tuesday. Jesse Higgins in the only other JJC player averaging in double figures with 10.1 points per contest
News and Notes: CSI has fared well against John Jay in recent years, having won the last four meetings and 9 out of the last 10. CSI is 17-7 all-time in games played at John Jay. Rebounds will be a big focus in this game. CSI is 2-0 this season when out-rebounding their opponents, and JJC is -8.5 in rebounds per game this season. JJC has had problems shooting this season, averaging just 35.8% from the field. In their win against CCNY on Tuesday, they held the Beavers to just 31.5% from the field, a far cry from the 50% shooting they were allowing per game going in to that contest. That is something CSI will look to take advantage of, as they come in averaging 47.9% from the floor. CSI is one of the better three-point shooting teams as well, averaging 40.8% as a team, that mark is good for second in the CUNYAC and 57th best in the nation. CSI has now won 15 straight games when scoring 70+ in a game. John Jay is yielding 80.5 per contest this season.