The College of Staten Island’s 14th Annual Tournament of Heroes kicks off today with two exciting games at the Sports & Recreation Center. The action gets underway at 5:30pm, when visiting SUNY-Canton takes on Connecticut College, and then at 7:30pm, the main event is set for Westminster College (PA) taking on College of Staten Island. For the three visiting teams it will mark their first trip to Staten Island to take part in the celebrated event named for heroes Terrance Aiken, Scott Davidson, and Tom Hannafin, all former Dolphins who perished during the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001.
14TH ANNUAL TOURNAMENT OF HEROES AT-A-GLANCE
Matchups: Game One: SUNY-Canton (8-0 overall) vs. Connecticut College (5-2 Overall. 0-0 NESCAC); Game Two: Westminster College (2-6 Overall, 2-1 PAC) vs. College of Staten Island (6-2 Overall, 3-0 CUNYAC)
Where: Sports & Recreation Center, 2800 Victory Boulevard – Staten Island, NY
Tip-Off: Game One: 5:30pm; Game Two: 7:30pm
Live Video: http://www.csidolphins.com/CSISportsNet
Ticket Info: $5 – General Admission; $2 – Children (10-18); FREE – Children 10 and under
SUNY-Canton Notes: The Roos have double-digit wins in six of eight games this season and the defensive side is holding opponents to just 56.5 points per game and boasts the nation’s top defensive field-goal percentage at 32.4%. They are also in the top 10 nationally in blocks per game and defensive rebounds per game. Romario Fletcher was recently named to the D3hoops.com National Team of the Week.
Connecticut Notes: After their dropping their first two games of the season, the Camels have ripped off five straight and has been idle since December 10. The team is 3-0 when shooting over 40% from beyond the arc, and they average a healthy 19 three-point shots taken per game. Look for strong free-throw shooting to guide the Camels as the team is boasting an 82% clip from the line. Tyler Rowe, who averages 12.3 per game leads the team with a 90% average, good for 46th nationally.
CSI Notes: Senior Will Fonseca is averaging 21.5 points per game, ranked 42nd in the nation. He enters the Tournament with 1,266 career points, 42 behind Rommel Santos for 17th all-time at the College. CSI ranks tops in CUNY and is 18th nationally in three-point shooting at 41.6%, their highest total in single season history thus far. The Dolphins are averaging 86 points in their six wins, next to just 60.5 in their two losses. CSI is 11-15 all-time in Tournament of Heroes play, which includes a 7-6 mark in opening round play.
Westminster Notes: The Titans have won two out of their last three games since starting the season 0-5. The team has given up just 59.5 points in its two wins, holding opponents to just 30.7% shooting. Meanwhile in six losses, the team is giving up an average of 89 points and 42.6% shooting. Jarret Vrabel leads the unit at 9.6 points per game. Brandon Domenick is a three-point threat who has drained 17 three-pointers and leads the team with an 87.5% average from the free-throw line.