The College of Staten Island men’s basketball team is back in CUNYAC action tonight when they travel to New York, NY to take on conference rivals, Baruch College. Staten Island will look to bounce back from a tough overtime loss to Lehman College and snap a three-game losing skid.

Matchup: College of Staten Island (4-7, 3-1 CUNYAC) vs. Baruch College (5-6, 2-1 CUNYAC)
Where: Arc Arena – 55 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10010
All-Time Series: CSI leads, 54-19
Players to Watch (CSI): Christian Taylor continues to impress in his sophomore season, scoring 15 points per game, a team high, while also grabbing five rebounds per game. Taylor is also the court general with a team-high 3.4 assists per game. Adeola Latunji had his best rebounding game of his career in his last outing, pulling down 18 rebounds in the loss to Lehman.  Raymond Savage has found his groove and has become a crucial player for the Dolphins. Savage has been hot from behind-the-arc recently, helping him average 12 points per game over his last three.
Players to Watch (BC): Chimaechi Ekekeugbor is Baruch’s top player. Ekekeugbor has the ability to score at will and is averaging 18.5 points per game, good for second highest in the CUNYAC. With his ability to draw double teams, it also allows him to drive and dish which helps him lead his team with 3.6 assists per game. Ekekeugbor also gives the Bearcats the ability to have second-chance opportunities as he is pulling down 11 rebounds per game. William Sixsmith is the long-range specialist for Baruch and is shooting 39% from range while adding 14.5 points per game.
News & Notes: The Bearcats have won just one out of their last four games, averaging just 70 points which is two points below their season average of 72. The Dolphins are allowing 80 points per game while scoring 75 of their own. Staten Island is outrebounding teams by two boards a game this season.  The Dolphins’ quick style of defense will be the key to this afternoon’s game as they are 3-1 when securing 9 or more steals. CSI uses those steal very well, averaging 20 points a game off of turnovers.