FLUSHING, N.Y. (Jan. 19, 2018) – The Queens College men's basketball team played a competitive first half of basketball but were done in by a double-digit rally that sent Roberts Wesleyan to a 72-60 victory on Friday (Jan. 19) at Fitzgerald Gymnasium.
Roberts Wesleyan (12-5, 5-3 ECC) scored the first four points of the game against Queens (5-9, 3-4 ECC) before Simon Green put the Knights on the board with one minute gone by in the first half. The Redhawks built up an 11-4 lead after a Peyton McLaurin three-pointer as Roberts looked to run away with the game after just four-plus minutes of action. QC rallied back with a three from Elijah Bovell and a jumper by Tyrone Hall but Roberts would again push the pace after a thunderous dunk by Brad Williams gave the visitors a six-point cushion. Again, Queens put together a rally and tied the game at 23-all on a Kevin Buron three-ball with 8:12 to play in the half. The two sides would trade points with Roberts Wesleyan going up by five late in the half until back-to-back threes by Hall tied the game at 35-all in the dying seconds. Manny Joseph, however, hit a baseline jumper to beat the first-half clock as the Redhawks entered the locker room up 37-35.
The tone of the game would shift within the first six minutes of the second half, however, as Queens found itself on the wrong end of a runaway train. The Redhawks went on an 18-3 run that was punctuated by a McLaurin three-ball that gave the visitors a 55-38 lead that proved to be insurmountable. The Knights spent much of the second half fighting to cut the deficit, which was limited in its success. Bovell knocked down a three-pointer that brought QC within eight points at 62-54 with five minutes to go and a Buron jumper with 3:12 remaining had the Knights down by just six points at 66-60. That would end the scoring for the hosts, however as Roberts closed out the victory.
Hall led the Knights with 17 points in the losing effort, hitting 6-of-13 from the field. Jordan Curtis was a monster on the blocks with 13 rebounds as Bovell and Buron combined for 28 points off the bench. The Knights were undone by a porous shooting performance in the second half, as QC hit just 25% (10-40) of its field goals and knocked down only 29% (5-17) of its three-point attempts.
McLaurin posted a game-high 21 points for Roberts Wesleyan in the victory, knocking down six three-pointers and pulling down a team-high eight rebounds. Michael Bush added 13 points while Isaiah Lewis and Jean Toussaint each poured in twelve points. Unlike the Knights, the Redhawks were dominant in the second half as the team hit 41% of its shots from the field and knocked down 5-of-11 from the three-point line.
The Knights return to action on Sunday (Jan. 21) for a 3:30 p.m. match-up with the Wildcats of Daemen College at Fitzgerald Gymnasium.