The College of Staten Island men’s basketball team will square off against John Jay College this afternoon at 12:00 pm in their first CUNYAC game of the year.  The Dolphins have dropped three straight coming into today’s game while the Bloodhounds of John Jay College come in trending downward as well.

Matchup: College of Staten Island (1-4) vs. John Jay (2-2)
Where: The Doghouse – 524 W 59th St, New York, NY 10019
All-Time Series: CSI leads 55-12
Last Meeting: January 18, 2017 – CSI won 84-67
Players to Watch (CSI): Rudy Lavanture is coming off of a career-best against the Ducks of Stevens Institute.  Lavanture paced all Dolphins players with 15 points on 6-of-8 shooting. Lavanture is sixth on the team in minutes played despite not starting a game yet this season. Christian Taylor continues to pile on the points in his sophomore campaign and leads the Dolphins with 14.4 points per game. Taylor also leads the team in rebounds (6.4) and assists (3.0) per game. Sitting right behind him is Adeola Latunji with 13.8 points per game and 5.0 rebounds per game. Robert Rossiter returned from injury and made an impact for the Dolphins and will continue to use his experience to help lift the young Dolphins squad.
Players to Watch (JJC): Hakeem Animashaun has played very well for the Bloodhounds this season and is averaging 21.3 points per game, good for third in the CUNYAC. Doug Levy is second on the team with 12 points per game but first with 8.5 rebounds per game. MiKing Richardson takes charge of John Jay’s offense and tallies a team-high 4.8 assists per game.
News & Notes: The Dolphins have dominated the Bloodhounds as of late, winning the last 10 games by an average of 14 points. The Bloodhounds are averaging 73 points per game while also allowing an average of 73 points. The Dolphins are averaging 71 points per game, however, they are allowing an average of 88. The Dolphins are 19-7 against John Jay when playing in the Doghouse. Edin Bracic led the scoring for the Dolphins in last years meeting with 17 points en route to an 84-67 win. John Jay does struggle to hang onto the ball as they turn the ball over an average of 18 times per game to just 14 times for the Dolphins. CSI will need to contain Hakeem Animashaun as he is shooting 68% from the floor this season, which puts him atop the CUNYAC leaderboard.