The College of Staten Island men’s basketball team is on a three-game win streak, a run that includes three-straight CUNYAC matches and they will return home today to put their undefeated CUNYAC record on the line against Brooklyn College, who sit in eighth place in the CUNYAC standings. The Dolphins will take this game personal as last season the Bulldogs knocked the Dolphins out of the CUNYAC Tournament in the semifinal round.
CSI vs BROOKLYN COLLEGE AT-A-GLANCE
Matchup: CSI (9-6 overall, 7-0 CUNYAC) vs. Brooklyn College (3-13 Overall, 1-6 CUNYAC)
Where: Sports & Recreation Center, 2800 Victory Boulevard, Staten Island, NY
Tip-Off: 3:00 pm
Live Stats: http://www.sidearmstats.com/csi/mbball/
Live Video: http://www.csidolphins.com/CSISportsNet
All-Time Series: CSI leads 39-16
Last Meeting: February 23, 2016 – CSI lost 69-78 – CUNYAC Semifinals
Players To Watch (CSI): Frank Schettino is coming off of a great outing last week. Schettino averaged a triple-double last week and nearly collected another triple-double against Hunter College on Wednesday but fell just one rebound shy. Schettino leads the nation in assists with 8.7 assists per game as well as leads his team in points per game with 16.5. Kevon Murphy is a big presence inside and has averaging 7.2 rebounds per game while adding 13.8 points. Fellow big man Khaleeq Baum leads the team with 7.8 rebounds per game and is second on the squad with 13.9 points per game. Schettino will look to dish the ball down low to his teammates for open layups to keep their CUNYAC record unblemished.
Players To Watch (BC): Brooklyn is led by Enees Nikovic with 15.9 points per game and 11.5 rebounds per game while only playing in 13 games. Austin Wood is second on the team with 15.1 points per game and has started in all 16 games this season. The offense is also run through Wood as he leads the squad with 3.4 assists per game. Wood will look to slice through the Dolphins’ defense and find his teammates. Nikovic will clean up the boards and not allow the Dolphins to get second chance opportunities.
News & Notes: Over the last five meetings the Bulldogs have bested the Dolphins in three of them which includes the CUNYAC semifinal round last year. The Bulldogs have fallen hard since last season’s championship season and now sit at 3-13 overall. The last time the Dolphins started 7-0 in the CUNYAC was their 28-3 season where they would finish the regular season 16-0. The Dolphins have played well at home this season and boast a 5-1 record. The Dolphins are averaging 76 points a game while holding opponents to 74 a game. CSI is also outrebounding their opponents by four a game while also turning it over fewer times than their opponents.