The College of Staten Island men’s basketball team will look to pick up the sweep against Lehman College tonight at 7:30. Tonight’s game should determine who will have the No. 1 overall seed heading into the CUNYAC Postseason Tournament. Should the men win they will take the No. 1 seed over Brooklyn College, and if the Dolphins lose to the Lightning and Brooklyn wins then the Dolphins will have the No. 2 seed headed into the postseason.
CSI vs. LEHMAN COLLEGE AT-A-GLANCE
Matchup: CSI (18-6 overall, 11-4 CUNYAC) vs. Lehman College (17-7 Overall, 11-4 CUNYAC)
Where: Apex Center – 250 Bedford Park Blvd West, Bronx, NY
All-Time Series: CSI leads 49-13
This Year’s Result: CSI won 82-76
Players To Watch (CSI): Will Fonseca has been an unmovable force this season and is coming off of a 31-point, 10 –rebound game against Baruch College. Fonseca is nearly averaging a double-double a game with 23.7 points per game and 9.8 rebounds per game. The Dolphins will need every one of those points tonight as they will look to hold onto the No. 1 seed and get a bye straight to the semifinal round. Khaleeq Baum is coming off of a season high 19 point, eight rebound night against Baruch. Baum has been a crucial player who comes off of the bench in relief of Thomas Delahanty and has really found his niche in this offense. Baum will look to have another clutch performance as the Dolphins look to secure a win over the Lightning.
Players To Watch (LC): Chaun Miller has averaged a healthy 18.5 points per game this season while also grabbing 7.2 rebounds per game. Miller had 18 points the last time he faced the Dolphins in 36 minutes of action. Olando Minott is next on the list for Lehman with 17.6 points per game and 5.5 rebounds. Minott surpassed his season average last time against the Dolphins and poured in a game high 23 points as he was able to find open shots against the Dolphins.
News & Notes: The Dolphins vs Lehman has been a back-and-forth battle over the past couple of years with the Dolphins winning three of the last five. Edin Bracic is the Dolphin’s X-factor and when he scores 10+ points they are 8-1, and 10-5 when he scores less than 10. Frank Schettino will look to use his skillful passes to keep the Lightning guessing and find the open man. Free throw shooting has been the Achilles heel late in the game for the men as a few games have been in their possession but slipped away late because of missed free throws. The men will need to improve their free throw shooting as they head into the postseason if they hope to make a deep run.