FLUSHING, N.Y. (Jan. 21, 2018) – The Queens College men's basketball team trailed early and did not recover, falling to Daemen College by 81-70 on Sunday (Jan. 21) in an East Coast Conference bout at Fitzgerald Gymnasium.
Daemen (13-6, 6-2 ECC) set the tone in the first half, leading 46-28 on Queens (5-10, 3-5 ECC) after twenty minutes of play. The contest was close for the first ten minutes as QC rallied back from an early hole thanks to a Jelani Williams three-ball with six minutes gone by in the frame. Coupled with a lay-up by Elijah Bovell, the Knights trailed by just one point with eleven-and-a-half minutes remaining in the first period of play. The Wildcats' Jeff Redband then lit it up from the three-point line; the red-shirt sophomore hit 5-of-9 from the arc in the first half with a big one coming at the 8:25 mark to put his side ahead by a 21-14 margin. From there, the Wildcats went on a 25-14 run as Andrew Sischo beat the first-half buzzer with a three-ball off a feed from Jay Sarkis---one of nine assists for the guard in the first half---to mercifully end the scoring.
Sischo kept the foot on the gas pedal for Daemen, hitting a lay-up to put the Wildcats up by a 50-28 margin five minutes into the frame. The Knights made a rally after Tyrone Hall nailed a three-pointer midway through the half, bringing QC within nineteen points at 63-44; Hall and Keenan Gorski struck for more threes to get the Knights within thirteen points a few minutes later but Breon Harris answered with a lethal three-pointer to keep the hosts at bay. The Knights never mounted a serious charge after that, getting as close as 79-70 after a lay-up by Terrell Williams with 30 seconds remaining; the deficit proved to be insurmountable for Queens.
Hall led all scorers with 21 points, hitting four three-pointers and knocking down nine free throws while also accumulating eight rebounds and five assists for the Knights. Green added 16 points with three assists while Bovell scored nine points. Daemen was led by Garvin, Sischo and Redband each had 17 points for the Wildcats; Sischo added 12 rebounds, Garvin pulled down six and Redband had seven boards while hitting five three-pointers in the first half. Sarkis ended the game with eight points and eleven assists as Aleks Miljenovic totaled ten points off the bench in the win.
Queens will host Saint Thomas Aquinas on Wednesday (Jan. 24) at 7:30 p.m. in a game streamed live on ESPN3 as part of the NCAA Division II Basketball Showcase.