ROCKVILLE CENTRE, N.Y. (Dec. 9, 2017) – After leading for much of the second half, the Queens College men's basketball team yielded a final surge by Molloy that culminated with a game-winning three-pointer by Nick Corbett at the buzzer as the Lions stunned the Knights by a final score of 74-71 on Saturday (Dec. 9) at Quealy Gymnasium. The Knights fall to 2-6 on the year and 0-1 in ECC play while Molloy improves to 3-7 overall and 2-0 in conference action.
After three minutes of play in the first half, the Knights found themselves down by a 10-2 score. Corbett and Josh Dennis scored all 10 points for the Lions with Grant hitting a lay-up to get the Knights on the board. The sophomore scored four straight points before Tyrone Hall hit a three-pointer to tie the game at 10 with five minutes gone by in the half. The action would continue to move back and forth with Queens taking its first lead midway through the frame. Simon Green hit a three-pointer off an assist from Tyrese Crosdale to give QC a 20-18 lead with 9:54 to play. Following a lay-up by Justin Caldwell, Green knocked down another three-pointer to give the Knights the lead back. Molloy rallied back to take a 30-27 lead with five minutes to play on the strength of a solid first half from Nick Corbett, who had eight points in a two-minute stretch. The turning point of the half came here, however, as Queens went on a 12-0 run to snatch a 39-30 lead with 90 seconds to play. Curtis crashed the boards for a third-chance lay-in to bring the Knights within one at 30-29 before Hall launched a three-pointer to get QC a 32-30 lead with three-and-a-half minutes to play. Lay-ups by Grant and Kevin Buron surrounded a Curtis three-ball as the visiting Knights had a nine-point edge. Molloy scored seven of the last ten points in the frame, but the Knights led 42-37 after the first twenty minutes.
Dwayne Henry opened the second half with a three-pointer for Queens off a feed from Jelani Williams, giving the Knights an eight-point lead at 45-37 just fifteen seconds into the period. Molloy scratched and clawed its way to within a point at 49-48 with 15:15 to play in the game after Nolan Kelly dialed long distance and hit a three-pointer. Crosdale answered with a three pointer and Grant added a free throw and a basket to ease tension and give QC a seven-point lead just two minutes later. However, back again the Lions would come as Corbett and Steve Torre scored six of the next eight points; the Knights led 57-54 with eleven minutes remaining. Molloy battled back to tie the score at 59-all after a three-pointer from Chris O'Reilly and a lay-in by Mike Torre. QC answered with a three from Jordan Curtis and a bucket by Simon Green as the Knights led 64-59 with seven minutes remaining in a thrilling contest.
The final seven minutes of regulation turned into a defensive struggle and a war of attrition on both sides. Curtis Jenkins scored on three free throws for Molloy to bring the home side within two points at 64-62 before Green knocked down a jumper to keep QC ahead by four with five-and-a-half minutes to play. The game shifted to a battle from the free throw line as Molloy battled back within a possession at 70-69 with ninety seconds to go in regulation. Green pushed the Knights back in front by two points with a shot from the charity stripe, and both sides struggled to find a shot as the clock ticked under one minute to play. The 71-69 edge for the Knights did not hold up as Jenkins sunk two free throws to tie the score at 71 with 48 seconds left on the clock. Following a QC turnover, Corbett hit his dagger three-pointer with just one second left on the clock; the Knights had one last chance to answer but time would not favor Queens as the clock expired on the in-bounds attempt.
Grant had a team-high 14 points for the Knights, hitting 5-of-9 from the field in the loss. Hall added 13 points with six rebounds, while Curtis added 12 points and eight rebounds. Crosdale scored 12 points and Green added 11 for QC in the loss. Molloy was led by Corbett's game-high of 27 points with Jenkins collecting 10 points of his own. Dennis had eight points, nine rebounds and five steals for the Lions as well. Queens was undone by 23 turnovers while the Lions scored 22 points off the giveaways, none bigger than the final three points of the game.
Queens will look to close out the calendar year with a win as the Knights host UDC on Dec. 30 in a 3:30 p.m. tilt at Fitzgerald Gymnasium. The Knights do not play until hosting the Firebirds in Flushing.