The College of Staten Island men’s basketball will complete a three-game in less than four-day stretch, and this time there will be hardware on the line as they will face hosts Lebanon Valley College in the Championship leg of the Rinso Marquette Tip-Off Tournament in Annville, PA. The Dolphins were victorious over Ursinus College last night in an 85-77 opening round contest, while LVC stormed out to a lopsided win over the College of New Rochelle. Today’s game will follow a 1pm Consolation contest between Ursinus and CNR.
CSI vs LEBANON VALLEY COLLEGE
Matchup: CSI (1-1) vs. Lebanon Valley College (2-0)
Where: Sorrentino Gymnasium – 101 North College Avenue, Annville, PA
All-Time Series: LVC leads, 1-0
Last Meeting: November 16, 2012 – LVC won, 66-58
Players to Watch (CSI): After a 17-point performance in his collegiate opener, Adeola Latunji notched 25 last night against Ursinus and his 21 points per contest early in his career leads the team. Darryl Bryant saw significant minutes and also eclipsed a career-high with 16 points in the game, helped along by a good shooting touch from the outside. Look for point guard Christian Taylor to continue to influence the offense and play to CSI’s penchant for protecting the basketball. Rudy Lavanture has come off of the bench and provided valuable input, shooting 6-7 from the floor after two sessions.
Players to Watch (LVC): Andy Orr got off to a great start for LVC, scoring 23 last night for the Dutchmen, a mark that included a tremendous 13-16 effort from the free-throw line and a team-best 15 rebounds. Sam Light was next in line with 15 points, while Ricky Bugg notched 11 points and four assists. Light scored 41 points in LVC’s opener against Cairn earlier this week and Orr notched 17 rebounds in that game. It’s safe to assume that both of them will be thrust into the spotlight again this afternoon.
News & Notes: Tonight marks the second time these two teams are meeting up and its occurred right here at the Rinso Marquette Tournament. The two teams squared off here in 2012, with Lebanon Valley taking a 66-58 victory in opening round play. Ironically, CSI would go on the play Ursinus in the Consolation game that year, winning 61-60. In that matchup five years ago, CSI’s 58 points was their third-lowest output of the season that year, with CSI finishing 22-6. It’s still early in the season but look for LVC to try and dictate the game via their work on the boards and at the line. Through two games they are a +10.5 per game in rebounding differential, and they have 45 more free throws attempted than their opponents this season, a mark that included an astounding 47 free-throws attempted last night against CNR. That’s an area where CSI must also improve. Through two games, CSI is getting its chances, but the team is just 28-54 from the charity stripe, good for just 51.9%, an all-time CSI low.