Dominant offense carries MBB to a big win over Staten Island

Currently sitting at fourth place in the conference with two games left to play in the regular season,the Chargers’ offense was too much for Staten Island on the way to their 16th win of the season.

The opening minutes were a struggle for both teams with just one basket each in the first three minutes of play. Forward Ty Perry scored six of the team’s first eight points, and finished the game with a team-high of 20 points. A pair of jumpers from forward Sean Braithwaite added to the lead, followed by a layup and free throw from forward Majur Majak to make it a 10-point game.

Staten Island guard Chris Velazquez was on a tear all night, scoring the team’s first 10 points and finishing with 35, the most by any Staten Island player this season. Half way through the first half, guard Luis Armas added a layup to cut the deficit to three.

With Velazquez posing a threat, forward Jason Edokpayi got New Haven’s offense back on track with a pair of free throws and a layup, building the lead back up to seven before forward DavontreyThomas knocked down a three to give them another double-digit lead.

After a layup from guard Adefela Fakorode, forwards Perry and Thomas continued their strong offensive run with 11 consecutive points to give them an 18-point lead with 3:11 remaining in the half.

After exchanging baskets in the final three minutes, and with the opportunity to build on their big lead and come away with a win in their final non-conference game of the season, New Haven would go into the break with a comfortable 39-22 lead.

Perry continued his strong offensive performance in the second half with a layup to open the scoring. A free throw from guard Victor Olawoye stretched the lead to 20, but a layup from guard James Chestnut brought it back to 18.

The battle of exchanges continued as Perry got the lead back to 20 with a jumper before Velazquez answered with a jumper of his own. Thomas responded with another three to put New Haven ahead by 21, followed by another score from Perry on a layup. The offensive domination continued as Olawoye’s three-pointer doubled Staten Island’s points.

With 7:25 left to play, a jumper from just beyond the free-throw line made Thomas the newest member of New Haven’s 900-point club. Guard Quashawn Lane knocked down a three to put them ahead by 29, followed by a dunk from Majak to stretch the lead to 31.

New Haven continued to coast over Staten Island, finishing with 83 points, their second-highest mark of the season. They did not register a basket in the final four minutes of play, but with their huge lead, they were able to rest their starters to keep them ready for the final stretch of the season.