UPDATED: College of Staten Island men cap 28-3 season with ECAC Metro…

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UPDATED: College of Staten Island men cap 28-3 season with ECAC Metro Tournament title, 74-71 (video)

Tony Petosa, the old-school coach, joined Bloochy Magloire, the flamboyant shooting guard, in the College of Staten Island record books Sunday night.

It was an unlikely match of key personalities for a 28-3 team that somehow missed out on the NCAA Division III Tournament.

Petosa collected his 400th coaching victory and Magloire closed his career by becoming the school’s all-time leading scorer as CSI rallied from a late 11-point deficit to defeat visiting Kean, 74-71, in the ECAC Metro Tournament championship game.

It was a historic evening for CSI, which was bypassed for an at-large bid to the NCAAs despite a 24-game winning streak and a single-season school record for victories, topping the 26-5 mark of the 2011-12 squad.

The Dolphins also capped a 76-14 run over the past three seasons and finished 6-0 this year against New Jersey Athletic Conference opposition.

CSI seniors, from left to right, Jonathan Chadwick-Myers, Kevin King, Dylan Bulger, Matt Van Manen and Bloochy Magloire closed their careers with an ECAC Metro Tournament title Sunday night. Staten Island Advance/Jim Waggoner

Magloire needed 12 points in his final game to equal Michael Stewart’s all-time scoring record of 1,819 points. He connected after a dribble-drive and leaning shot in the lane with 8:22 remaining to reach 13 points and pass Stewart as CSI pulled to within 60-57.

Tourney MVP Magloire finished the night with 15 points to end his career with 1,822.

“My teammates pretty much put me in position to do this over my whole four years here,” said Magloire, a Susan Wagner HS graduate. “It means the world to me right now. I’m so glad I came to CSI.”

It looked like a long night for the Dolphins as sixth-seeded Kean (16-14) rode a strong inside-outside game to a 60-49 lead with 13 minutes remaining on 3-point shots from Xavier Fuller and Ali Mix.

CSI responded with a 21-6 run over a seven-minute stretch as senior guard Jonathan Chadwick-Myers sank a 3-point shot from the top of the circle to give the Dolphins their first second-half lead, 66-64.

Will Fonseca followed with an offensive rebound and two free throws and then a layup off a Frankie Schettino assist to make it 70-64 at the three-minute mark.

Fuller, a 6-foot-6 center, buried his second 3-pointer of the second half, however, and CSI needed Fonseca’s huge steal and two Magloire free throws with 10.2 seconds remaining for the final margin.

Mike Burton’s long 3-point attempt was off the mark at the final buzzer.

Chadwick-Myers topped a balanced attack with 16 points. Javon Cox added 13 points, Kevin King 11 and Fonseca 10.

Dylan Bulger, a 6-foot-11 senior center, came off the bench midway through the second half and was instrumental in the comeback. He helped contain Kean’s inside attack led by Fuller, who had 18 points and seven rebounds.

Petosa had to sweat out the milestone victory that raised his record to 400-260 over 24 seasons.

“We made some shots,” he said, “and you’re always a lot better when you make shots.”

Petosa commended Magloire for his scoring record, downplayed his own milestone, and took another shot at the NCAA selection process that denied the Dolphins an NCAA at-large bid despite being ranked No. 18 nationally at the end of the regular season.

York earned the CUNY Conference’s automatic NCAA bid with an 87-84 win over CSI in the conference finals. The Cardinals went on to post their first NCAA tourney win, 79-54 at Rhode Island College, before fading late in the second half of a competitive 63-51 loss at defending national champion Amherst.

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“We should have been in the nationals because I really feel we’re one of the best 16 teams in the country,” said Petosa. “Winning this doesn’t prove or disprove it … it just makes me wish we had been given the opportunity.

“It’s an absolute travesty in my mind. The committee didn’t understand the amount of talent we have here and the way our kids defend. Honestly, it’s an injustice to our kids and there’s nothing we can get back.”

NOTES: The ECAC title was CSI’s second — the Dolphins claimed the 1986 crown with an 80-64 win over Old Westbury … Cox, a junior, led CSI with seven rebounds while Schettino and Chadwick-Myers had six assists apiece. Cox injured his right ankle while blocking a fast-break layup late in the game and Chadwick-Myers was flattened by a shot to his right shoulder on the game’s final play … Top-seeded Kean (22-8) captured the women’s championship with a 65-53 win over Brooklyn College despite the 10 points, five assists and two steals of Brooklyn junior point guard Nicole Francomano (St. John Villa).

KEAN (71)

Latorre 3-5 1-3 7, Fuller 8-12 0-0 18, Mix 5-13 0-0 11, Burton 5-13 0-0 12, Soulias 5-10 1-3 11, Hladik 2-4 0-0 5, Diamond 0-0 0-0 0, Summerer 3-3 0-0 7, Steward 0-0 0-0 0.

Totals: 31-60 2-6 71.

CSI (74)

Cox 5-9 3-4 13, Van Manen 1-1 0-0 2, Schettino 1-4 0-0 2, Chadwick-Myers 6-16 0-0 16, King 4-9 0-0 11, Fonseca 4-10 2-2 10, Magloire 6-11 2-2 15, Bulger 2-2 1-2 5.

Totals: 29-62 8-10 74.

Halftime: 39-33, Kean. Three-point goals: Kean 7-18 (Fuller 2-3, Mix 1-2, Burton 2-6, Soulias 0-3, Hladik 1-3, Summerer 1-1); CSI 8-23 (Schettino 0-1, Chadwick-Myers 4-10, King 3-7, Magloire 1-5). Rebounds: Kean 30 (Latorre 9); CSI 34 (Cox 7, Fonseca 6).

Assists: Kean 12; CSI 15 (Schettino 6, Chadwick-Myers 6). Turnovers: Kean 8, CSI 7. Total fouls: Kean 13, CSI 10. Fouled out: none.

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