College of Staten Island records thrilling double OT win in ‘Heroes’ opener

College of Staten Island head coach T.J. Tibbs will be marrying Curry coach Joe Busacca’s sister, Krystiana, in September 2020.

There’s a pretty good chance they’ll still be talking about Friday night’s game at the reception.

Behind a 38-point effort from senior Adeola Latunji, host CSI withstood a 3-point shooting barrage by Curry and recorded a 103-98 double-overtime win in the opening round of the 18th annual Tournament of Heroes.

The Dolphins (4-6) will try to win their own tourney for the second straight season Saturday when they oppose Wheaton College of Massachusetts at 3 p.m. Curry (3-6) will face Bridgewater for third place at 1 p.m. Wheaton topped Bridgewater, 88-75, in last night’s first game.

The first double-overtime game in tourney history looked to be in CSI’s back pocket when the Dolphins went up 68-55 with 9:30 remaining.

However, Curry fashioned a 20-5 spurt — capped by a 3-ball from Jared Thorpe-Johnson — to take a 75-73 lead with 2:48 left. Chris Velasquez hit a three to give CSI the lead again, but Thorpe-Johnson (34 points) connected from downtown to send it to overtime tied at 80.

Curry of Milton, Massachusetts was founded in 1879 by Anna Baright Curry and Samuel Silas Curry. Stephen Curry was nowhere in sight, but you would have thought otherwise last night while the Colonels, coached by Monsignor Farrell product Busacca, were going 17 for 38 from 3-point land.

The long ball put Curry ahead in the first OT, but Latunji’s layup off a feed from Rigaud Destime, followed by Destime’s layup left things tied at 89 headed to the second extra period.

Latunji ended the night with 10 rebounds, four assists, three steals and six blocked shots. He played the entire 50 minutes. Joe Zieris added 17 points and 12 rebounds. Andrew Kartalis and Austin Mick had 13 points each and Destime had 12 points, eight assists and three steals.

Curry’s Kieran Carroll had 19 points and 19 rebounds. Damyean Stewart added 19 points.

Latunji started the second OT with a layup and Destime’s steal and layup put CSI up four. The Dolphins maintained the lead to the wire, but not without one more clutch theft by Destime, who was fouled and made one to make it 100-96.

NOTES: The tournament is played in honor of three former Dolphins who perished in the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001 — Tom Hannafin, Scott Davidson and Curtis Aiken. The three are honored each year between games of the opening-night doubleheader. … The tourney will have new dates next season to conform to NCAA Division II rules, now that CSI is a D-II program. The target is a weekend in early November.

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