A Strong Turn Out for Men’s and Women’s
By Frank Costagliola
Will Fonseca scored 23 points, while adding 14 rebounds in a dominant defensive performance over a struggling Kean University team.
The CSI Dolphins continued to roll and have success against teams with a sub .500 record. The game was a historic one for Head Coach Tony Petosa, as his team held the Cougars to a season low 40 points.
The last time CSI held an opponent to 40 points or below, was back during the 1996-1997 season against Pratt University, 95-37. That was Petosa’s third season as Head Coach of the Dolphins.
CSI has enjoyed much recent success against Kean University, winning their sixth in a row against them, which now puts the Dolphins all time record against the Cougars at 11-9.
With Will Fonseca leading the charge, the Dolphins’ defense overwhelmed an unprepared Cougars team. CSI’s defense had their way against Kean University and created 16 turnovers. This gave CSI a 22-7 point advantage in points off of turnovers.
The Dolphins and Cougars went at it back and forth in the game’s opening ten minutes and Kean University managed to build a seven point lead with only four minutes remaining in the first half.
The Dolphins offense struggled to score during this time and were shooting as low as 19% from the field.
Then the Dolphins’ defense kicked it into high gear and created numerous turnovers, which resulted in a number of easy buckets.
CSI finished off the half strongly and forward Edin Baum drained a clutch 3 pointer with only seconds left in the half.
Thanks to the big 3 pointer by Baum, the Dolphins ended the half with an impressive 8-1 run.
The game was a tale of two halves, as CSI only held a marginal 32-25 lead over Kean University going into halftime.
The Dolphins continued to build off the momentum from the first half, and came out into the second half looking like a completely different team. CSI scored an impressive 40 points during the half, while holding Kean University to only 15 points.
The Dolphins can attribute their success in the second half to their great defense. During the second half the Dolphins managed to hold the Cougars to 13% (4-29) shooting.
They also picked it up on the boards, which limited Kean University to any offensive rebounds and second chance opportunities.
CSI’s offense also found their way during the second half. After shooting a poor 32% during the first 20 minutes of action, the Dolphins shot a much more respectable 44% from the field.
The men continued to build on their small lead and jumped out to a 19-3 run midway through the second half of play.
Thanks to some big offensive rebounds by Will Fonseca and Thomas Delahanty, the Dolphins managed to create countless second chance scoring opportunities.
CSI is at their best when they play tough defense and dominate their opponents on the boards and in the paint.
They are a big and physical team and an undersized Kean University didn’t have any answers for it.
The Dolphins out rebounded the Cougars 54 to 33 during the game and as a result of this, CSI out scored Kean University 17-5 on second chance points.
During the first half the Dolphins and Cougars both scored 14 points a piece in the paint, but during the second half the Dolphins held them to only four points while putting up 20 points of their own.
With the win CSI improved their overall record to 13-4 on the season and have only lost one game on their home court. The upcoming three games for the Dolphins are huge as each one of those games are against conference opponents at home.
The men are 6-2 overall in conference games this season and can catch up to a contending Lehman College team who holds a 7-1 record in conference games.
The Dolphins have two must win home games against Hunter College and John Jay College during the three game stretch.
Both teams have combined for only three wins on the season and have really struggled in conference games.
The third and final home game is against a tough Brooklyn College team, who won the first meeting between the two by a score of 73-70.
The game against Brooklyn College will be held on January 30th at the CSI Sports and Recreation Center.