Feb 03, 2018
FLUSHING, N.Y. (Feb. 3, 2018) - The Queens College men's basketball team lost a tough battle to Molloy College on Saturday (Feb. 3) with the Lions taking a 62-59 win over QC in Flushing to earn the season sweep in an ECC tilt.
Mike Torre had the first points of the opening half with a three-ball as Molloy (5-17, 4-8 ECC) built an early lead that became a 15-10 margin eight minutes into the contest on a Curtis Jenkins lay-up. Queens (5-14, 3-9 ECC) battled back with consecutive threes by Jelani Williams and Tyrese Crosdale giving the Knights a 19-17 lead midway through the frame. From there though, the Lions went on an 8-0 run that allowed the visitors a 25-19 lead; Queens however, answered right back and tied the score on a lay-up by Henry with 5:58 to go in the first half. The junior guard knocked down a three-pointer to give QC a 28-27 lead with four minutes remaining in the period, but Molloy answered with an 8-3 run punctuated by a Nick Corbett fall-away lay-up as the Lions took a 35-31 lead into the locker room.
A back-and-forth second half ensues with the teams battling back and forth as the lead changed hands multiple times. Following a pair of free throws by Issac Grant that gave QC a 56-53 lead, Jenkins knocked down a jumper and a free throw to tie the game with six minutes left in regulation. The Lions re-took the lead after Josh Dennis pulled down a rebound and converted a second-chance lay-up with under five minutes to go, and Derrick Okunpolor knocked down a bucket in the paint to give Molloy a 60-56 lead with 4:10 to go. Queens came withing a two-point deficit with just under two minutes remaining and Simon Green hit a free throw to get QC within a point with 60 seconds to play. Molloy was able to play strong defense as Corbett converted a steal into a fastbreak lay-up with two seconds left; QC had the last possession in regulation, but the Knights were unable to convert the game-winning bucket.
Henry had a game-high 16 points for the Knights off the bench in the loss, hitting 6-of-9 from the field and 3-of-5 from beyond the three-point line. Grant collected 11 points as well with Hall adding eight points and eight rebounds and Curtis having eight and seven. Jenkins led Molloy with 17 points and Corbett had 16 points, his final two being the crucial turning point in the contest.
Queens will travel to NYIT on Wednesday (Feb. 7) for a 7 p.m. ECC contest.