The College of Staten Island men’s basketball returns to the Tournament of Heroes Championship game for the first time since 2016. The Dolphins will cap off the tournament against Tufts University who earned their way in the early slate with a win over Gwynedd Mercy College. Staten Island last won the tournament back in 2015 with a dominating 90-66 win over SUNY Canton.
CSI VS. TUFTS UNIVERSITY AT-A-GLANCE
Matchup: CSI (5-6) vs. Tufts (5-5)
Where: The Tank – 2800 Victory Blvd., Staten Island, NY 10314
Live Video: https://www.csidolphins.com/csisportsnet
Live Stats: https://www.csidolphins.com/sidearmstats/mbball/summary
Ticket Information: $5 for entry / FREE with a valid CSI Dolphins card
All-Time Series: CSI leads, 1-0
Last Meeting: December 29, 1984 – CSI won, 95-73
Players to Watch (CSI): Adeola Latunji was solid from the floor in yesterday’s win over Bates College, tallying a team-high 23 points and 8 rebounds in the win. Both Christian Taylor and Stephen Flagg tallied a double-double in the win with Taylor leading the way with 20 points and 14 rebounds. Rigaud Destime will hope for a repeat performance this afternoon as he tied his season-high with 13 points last night. As a whole, the Dolphins shot well from behind the arc, shooting 55% (11-20) while holding Bates to just 22.7% (5-22).
Players to Watch (TU): Eric Savage was crucial for the Jumbos in the early slate as he racked up 19 points on 7-of-11 shooting from the floor in 32 minutes of action. Savage also protected his own rim, picking up four blocks in the game while pulling down six defensive rebounds. The Jumbos were lethal from range, hitting 13 with Justin Kouyoumdjian leading with way with three. Brennan Morris and Luke Rogers both tallied 14 points in the win with each of them only missing one shot.
News & Notes: Today marks 34 years to the day since the Dolphins and Jumbos last met in their only meeting ever. In that meeting, Staten Island defeated Tufts 95-73. Tufts comes into the game firing on all cylinders as they have won three of their last four outings while the Dolphins are on a streak of their own as they have won their last three. Both teams eclipsed their season average last night as they both come into the game today averaging 75 points per game as a team.