The College of Staten Island men’s basketball team is coming off of a rousing victory against a Brooklyn College team that they fell to earlier in the year, and now they will look to do the same tonight when they match up with CCNY at the Nat Holman Gymnasium at 7pm as part of CUNYAC play. CCNY defeated CSI, 81-76, the last time these two locked up, and now for a second time the game will carry plenty of postseason implications.
CSI vs. CITY COLLEGE OF NEW YORK AT-A-GLANCE
Matchup:CSI (15-5 overall, 8-3 CUNYAC) vs. City College of New York(11-9 Overall, 6-6 CUNYAC)
Where: Nat Holman Gymnasium – 160 Convent Avenue, New York, NY
Live Video: http://www.csidolphins.com/CSISportsNet
All-Time Series: CSI leads 51-8
Last Meeting:: CCNY defeated CSI, 81-76
Players To Watch (CSI): CSI junior Frank Schettino is coming off a historical day, as he became the 31st player in men’s basketball history to score 1,000 points in the 81-80 win over Brooklyn. Up next for Schettino will undoubtedly be the school’s all-time assists record, as Schettino needs 53 more to garner that distinction in only his third season. Senior Will Fonseca continues to boast gaudy numbers. He leads the team in points and rebounds, averaging 23.2 and 9.5 respectively. He has posted six double-doubles in CSI’s past 10 games.
Players To Watch (CCNY): The Beavers have four players averaging in double figures this season, led by Khalil Hamer’s 16 markers. Look for David Solano to be a difference maker. He averages 12 points per game but has canned 61 three-pointers this season, and he torched the Dolphins for 6-9 from downtown the last time these two teams battled. Mark Richards is another threat, averaging 13.6 per game to go with 5.2 rebounds per.
News and Notes: CSI had won the last 10 meetings before CCNY rallied from 17 points behind in the second half to stun the Dolphins earlier this season. CSI has won the last five games played at CCNY, but three of the five were decided by six points or less, including one that went to overtime. The Dolphins have been awful tough to beat when they shoot better than 40% from the three-point line. The team is 8-0 this season and have won their last 14 games dating back to last season when they’ve been able to do it. Same goes for the Beavers who are 5-2 when they post that mark, including their game against CSI earlier in the year. CCNY is coming off of a 54% performance against Lehman from beyond the arc, albeit a tough 85-80 defeat. The Beavers will be looking to find their scoring touch at home. The Beavers are just 6-6 on their home floor and are averaging almost 10 points less on their home floor. The Dolphins meanwhile have won their last three road games, averaging 84 points per game in the three outings.