Men's Basketball Pulls Away in Second-Half to Topple NYIT, 84-65

Men's Basketball Pulls Away in Second-Half to Topple NYIT, 84-65

OLD WESTBURY, N.Y. (Feb. 7, 2018)Dwayne Henry scored 15 points in the first half and the Queens College men's basketball team built up a large enough lead to hold off a furious comeback from NYIT as the Knights snapped a seven-game losing skid with an 84-65 victory over the Bears on Wednesday (Feb. 7).

Issac Grant had the first four points for Queens (6-14, 4-9 ECC) with back-to-back buckets putting the Knights up 4-0 on NYIT (3-22, 1-12 ECC) in the first 100 seconds of play. After Laurynas Stonkus hit a three for the Bears to get his side within a 6-4 deficit with 16:36 to play in the half, QC went on an 18-1 run in the next five minutes to put considerable distance between them and their foes. Henry had ten of those points in the stretch with Keenan Gorski hitting a three-ball as well. NYIT answered with 11 unanswered points to claw back within six points at 22-16 with seven minutes remaining; another run for the Knights was in order, however. Gorski kicked things off with a lay-up as QC ended the first half on a 19-8 stretch with Henry contributing on another five-point flourish. A stretch followed where Tyrese Crosdale scored eight of ten points for the Knights, and QC entered the halftime break up 41-24---the first time the Knights scored 40 points or more in the first half since Dec. 30, 2017 against UDC.

NYIT came out in the second half with reckless abandon, as a 13-4 run in the early stages of the period brought the Bears within eight points at 45-37. Despite the best efforts of the hosts, Queens continued to do just enough to keep the lead as Hasan Ringer found his way to a three-point bucket with 10:39 remaining.  Queens led 54-50 at the midway point of the contest and the Knights pumped the lead up to eleven as Jordan Curtis, Tyrone Hall and Simon Green all scored to put QC ahead by a 61-50 margin. The stubbornness of the Bears persisted as Marcus Saint-Furcy drained a three later in the frame to bring NYIT within nine points at 64-55 with seven minutes left in regulation. Hall drilled a three-ball with 4:35 to play to give the Knights a 70-59 cushion and Queens did enough to hold onto the lead as the Bears' comeback fizzled away.

Henry finished the game with 17 points while Green put on a great showing with 14 points and five rebounds. Grant and Crosdale each added 12 points in the win as Queens shot a fantastic 29-of-57 (51%) from the field. The Knights were plus-20 from the bench (47-27) and outrebounded NYIT 42-35 in the victory. Domonic Josephs had a game-high 18 points and nine rebounds for NYIT and Jeffrey Hayden added 17, but the Bears' star was just 4-for-15 from the field.

Queens will host LIU Post on Saturday (Feb. 10) at 3:30 p.m. at Fitzgerald Gymnasium.