Staten Island crushes Ithaca
Dolphins pick up 25th win, take first tournament game since '89
STATEN ISLAND, N. Y. -- Staten Island continued its magical run, winning its 18th consecutive game and its first NCAA tournament game since 1989, blitzing by Ithaca 98-73. T.J. Tibbs tied a CSI single-game record with 14 assists to go with 24 points, while Bloochy Magloire bounced the Bombers for 26 points and 14 rebounds to lead CSI, which improved to 25-4 overall, matching its highest win total. The Bombers evened to 14-14 to end their season.
After surrendering the first five points of the night, CSI grabbed its first lead at the 15:30 mark of the first half on a reverse lay-up by freshman Javon Cox., to make the score 11-10 in the Dolphins’ favor. Minutes later, after a pair of ties, CSI used a 9-0 run, powered by a Tibbs 3-pointer and a pair of Jordan Young layups, to take a 23-16 lead at 10:56. The Bombers refused to go away, using a Jordan Marcus 3-pointer and an Andrei Oztemel 3 to help them go up by a digit on three occasions, the last at 6:06. It would by Ithaca’s final lead.
CSI ended the frame red-hot, using a 10-0 run to take a 42-33 lead with 2:03 to go in the frame, while Ithaca missed seven consecutive shots and committed a pair of turnovers. The Bombers were able to cut the halftime lead down to six at 44-38, on an Oztemel 3-ball at the buzzer.
The Dolphins would never surrender the lead in the second half, and traded baskets with the Bombers on a series of possessions before staking an 8-2 run nearing the midway point of the stanza, taking a 65-51 edge with 11:34 to go. Tibbs used another pair of baskets to lead the charge again. Later, a 14-6 run spanning five minutes, bookended by Dale Taranto 3-pointers, gave CSI a commanding 92-70 edge, with just 2:09 to play. Ithaca missed six of their final seven shots from the field during the final 4:40 to punctuate the loss.
The Dolphins shot a blistering 62.1 percent in the second frame, leveling to 55.7 percent for the game (34-61). Next to Tibbs and Magloire, Young finished with 18 points for the victors, while Cox finished with 14, and Taranto 11. CSI shot 14-of-27 from 3-point range, while Ithaca connected on just 10-of-37 from downtown.
The Bombers were paced by Oztemel’s 21 points, adding a team-high eight rebounds. Jordan Marcus added 17 points, while Sean Rossi finished with eight points and a team-high seven assists.