Second-Half Breakdown Woes Men's Basketball in 67-59 loss at Daemen Sunday

Second-Half Breakdown Woes Men's Basketball in 67-59 loss at Daemen Sunday

AMHERST, N.Y. (Feb. 18, 2018) – The Queens College men's basketball team was outscored 29-10 in the final seven-plus minutes of play and 44-29 in the entire second half as Daemen claimed a 69-57 win on Sunday (Feb. 18) over the Knights in an East Coast Conference match-up at Lumsden Gymnasium.

Queens (8-15, 6-10 ECC) led 28-25 at the halftime break and grabbed a 35-31 lead five minutes into the second half after back-to-back buckets by Elijah Bovell. The lead swelled to a six-point edge with 10:39 remaining in regulation following a lay-up by Issac Grant and a three-ball by Bovell brought QC to a 47-40 edge midway through the second half. The Wildcats (19-7, 13-3 ECC) went on a 10-0 run in a two-minute span to lead 50-47 with 7:42 to play and Jordan Curtis tied the game with a three-pointer thirty seconds later. That would prove to be the end of the line for the Knights as Daemen pulled off a 19-7 run to run away from the Knights.

Giambattista Davis hit a three-pointer on a day that celebrated him and fellow senior Aleks Miljenovic and the Wildcats led 59-55 with two minutes remaining in the contest. The back-breaking bucket came at that point with Breon Harris hitting a three and being fouled; the guard hit the free throw to give the Wildcats a 63-55 lead that would prove to be insurmountable.

Dwayne Henry had a team-high 13 points for Queens in the loss as Tyrese Crosdale added 11 off the bench. Grant and Bovell each had ten points for the Knights in the loss, with QC shooting 23-60 (38%) from the floor. Andrew Sischo scored 19 points off the bench for Daemen in the win with six rebounds, while Harris added 18 points and seven rebounds. The Wildcats were spectacular from the field, hitting 50% (26-52) of their shots from the floor.

Queens will face Mercy on Wednesday (Feb. 21) at Nyack College at 8 p.m. in the second-to-last game of the regular season.