FLUSHING, N.Y. – Senior guard Tyrone Hall made his first of four three-pointers to provide a 3-0 lead 1:20 into play, and the Knights never looked back, as the Queens College men's basketball team dominated from start to finish in a 78-56 victory over Chestnut Hill College in the season opener from Fitzgerald Gym Friday night.
Hall was one of four Knights to score in double figures, finishing with 16 points, including 13 in the first half. Freshman Tyrese Crosdale scored 10 of his 13 points in the second half, adding six rebounds as well. Meanwhile, sophomore Kevin Buron and freshman Keenan Gorski each chipped in 10 points apiece, while freshman Dwayne Henry tallied eight points.
It was the Hall show in the opening half, with the senior knocking down all five of his shots in the opening frame, including three from downtown. Chestnut Hill made it a one-point game 3:30 into the half after a pair of free-throws from Liban Awl, but that was as close as the Griffins would get. Hall then slashed his way to the bucket for a lay-in to start a 10-0 run for the Knights, which he would later cap off with a three-pointer.
After Dexter Thompson put back a pair of buckets after cleaning up on the offensive glass, the Knights' 11-point lead was cut to seven, but freshman Jelani Williams sent a pass up court to classmate Elijah Bovell, who rose up for the dunk. Queens later pushed the lead to double digits and kept it at a 12-point advantage after five more points from Hall. The Griffins were able to get to the foul line and converted on their attempts, but the Knights continued to hit their outside shots.
Queens held on to its double-digit lead as halftime approached, and in the final seconds, sophomore Issac Grant collected an offensive rebound and jammed home a one-handed dunk to put the Knights ahead, 40-27, at the break. The Knights shot 50 percent from the floor in the half and hit on a 41.2 percent clip from distance, while limiting the Griffins to 26.9 percent shooting and 14.3 percent from three.
In the second half, Queens wouldn't ease up off the gas pedal and never lost hold of its double-digit advantage. The Knights would knock down seven more threes in the second half and led by as much as 26.
With 13:02 remaining in the contest, Crosdale would bury his second triple of the night, opening up the floodgates. From that point, he and Buron accounted for 12 straight points, and then a Gorski three opened up a 22-point lead. After the Griffins cut it to 14, Crosdale drained another trifecta, giving Queens a 69-52 lead. It was all the Knights the rest of the way, as Queens rolled to a season-opening win.
The Knights shot 45.8 percent for the game overall and 40 percent from downtown. Meanwhile, Queens held Chestnut Hill to just 33.3 percent shooting from the field and 15 percent from three.
Queens will play its second of seven straight home games on Wednesday, Nov. 15, when the Knights host the University of New Haven at 7 p.m.