FLUSHING, N.Y. – Freshman guard Elijah Bovell went off for 31 points, but the Queens College men's basketball team fell to the Holy Family University Tigers, 97-90, on Sunday from Fitzgerald Gym.
Playing in their fifth straight home game, the Knights dropped to 1-4 overall on the season after starting 1-0, while the Tigers (1-4) won their first game of the season.
Bovell was feeling it from behind the arc, hitting 7-of-13 three-pointers and adding a pair of steals as well. Meanwhile, freshman Jelani Williams totaled 18 points and seven rebounds off the bench.
Queens came out on fire, as Bovell scored seven points over the first 2:37 to propel the Knights to a 10-0 lead to open the game. The Knights then made it a 12-point advantage moments later after Williams converted an and-one layup.
The Tigers slowly chipped away at the lead from there, however, and took their first lead on a pair of foul shots by Mekhi Bryant with 7:28 remaining in the half. After Queens led 21-18, Holy Family turned a 9-0 run into a 27-21 advantage. Freshman Dwayne Henry drilled a three to end the run, but the Tigers pushed the lead to six at 32-26. Over the final two minutes of the half, Williams hit a three and made two free throws to cut the lead to just 39-38 at halftime.
Sophomore Kevin Buron nailed a three to open up the second half, giving the Knights a 41-39 lead just 14 seconds in, but Michael Power answered with a three of his own to put Holy Family right back on top. One minute later, Buron and Henry each hit jumpers to give Queens a one-point advantage, 45-44.
The two teams battled back-and-forth the rest of the way, and a Bovell layup put the Knights back up, 55-53, with 13:50 on the clock. The Tigers answered back and took a 59-57 lead on a Terrell Jones layup, but Bovell quickly buried a triple to put Queens on top again by one. Bryant later hit a three to tie the game at 62 all, but again Bovell answered the call, hitting a three to provide a 65-62 lead for the Knights with 10:39 to go.
Holy Family went back on top and took a three-point lead with 8:57 remaining until Henry sank a trey to tie the game up at 70 apiece. The two squads remained tied at 77-77 after a jumper by Williams before Ryan Corcoran put Holy Family on top once more with a three. That started an 11-0 for the Tigers, pushing the lead to 88-77. The Knights fought to stay alive and trailed by just four after a Williams layup with 1:30 to go, but the Tigers hit their foul shots down the stretch to seal the win.
Queens was without reigning East Coast Conference (ECC) Rookie of the Week Tyrese Crosdale. Henry finished with 13 points, six assists and two steals, while senior Simon Green tallied 10 points, six rebounds and five assists. Maliq Sanders matched Bovell with 31 points of his own for the Tigers.
Queens will host its Military, Faculty and Staff Appreciation Day on Wednesday, Nov. 29, when the Knights take on Adelphi University at 7:30 p.m.