The College of Staten Island men’s basketball team won for the first time on the road this season and in the process improved their record to 2-0 within the CUNYAC, scoring a lop-sided, 84-50, winner over York College in Jamaica, NY. The Dolphins improved to 3-4 overall as well, and York fell to 0-6, and 0-2 in the CUNYAC.
In the early stages, York jumped up by a 3-2 count on a jumper by Shaheim Greene, but from there it was all Dolphins, as CSI responded with a 6-0 run, started with a Khaleeq Baum lay-up. The Dolphins held a modest lead from there until they would explode to a 17-0 run that spanned almost five minutes. Robert Rossiter scored seven in the run, and Stephen Flagg would add a pair of free-throws and a three-point play as well. By the end of it, CSI was in control 31-11. CSI assumed their biggest lead at 45-21 with under two minutes to play before going into halftime with a 45-23 lead.
The teams would paw back and forth before CSI went up by over 30 thanks to a 21-9 start in the second half. Baum would dump 11 in the run, putting the game out of reach. From there, many reserve players made their way into the game. Fifteen Dolphins would earn minutes with 11 entering the scoring column.
The Dolphins finished shooting 48.4% from the floor (30-62), holding York to just 27.7% overall and just 7.7% (1-13) from beyond the arc. The Dolphins modestly out-rebounded the Cardinals 43-41, and were a +8 in the turnover column, forcing 23 turnovers.
Robert Rossiter enjoyed a breakout game for the Dolphins, logging 24 points on 9-12 shooting, adding four boards. Baum added 15 points and five rebounds. Frank Schettino finished with a team-high seven assists. For York, Brett Walker finalized with 11 points while Ryan Smart finished with 10 points and 9 rebounds.
The Dolphins will be back in action on Tuesday, hosting CCNY at the Sports & Recreation Center at 7:30pm, part of a CSI Basketball doubleheader.