PLEASANTVILLE, N.Y. (Nov. 11, 2018) – The Queens College men's basketball team never quite got into gear on Sunday (Nov. 11) as the Knights fell to Pace University by a count of 72-51 at the Goldstein Fitness Center in Pleasantville.
Elijah Bovell led Queens with 11 points on the day and Tyrese Crosdale added ten points despite hitting just one shot from beyond the three-point line in seven attempts. Dwayne Henry, Jr. added seven points with six assists, four rebounds and two steals. Freshman center Evan Goldberg added four points and a team-high six rebounds off the bench.
Three players scored in double-figures for Pace including Brandon Jacobs, who led all scorers with 20 points. Peyton Wejnert added 19 and was 6-for-11 from the floor for the Setters with Greg Poleon adding 13 points and also eight rebounds.
As was the case in the Knights' season-opening defeat to Adelphi, QC struck for the first points on a Bovell three-pointer and a Wayne Li lay-up. Pace scored the next six points to take a 6-5 lead at the five-minute mark but Queens responded on a 7-0 run as Goldberg made back-to-back buckets to put the Knights up by a 12-6 margin two minutes later. While Pace fought its way back into the contest, it would not be until a Wejnert transition lay-up with nine minutes to go in the half that the score would be even again at 16-all. The hosts ended the half on a 17-9 run to lead 33-27 at the break; Queens would get within four points in the second half several times, the latest of which was on a jumper by Kevin Buron with thirteen-and-a-half minutes remaining in regulation. The Knights trailed 45-41 but Jacobs hit a back-breaking three-ball on the other end to put the Setters ahead by seven points. From that moment, Pace closed out the contest on a 24-10 run to quell any chance of a comeback.
Queens shot 33% (18-54) from the floor and was minus-eight on the rebounding battle, with Pace corralling 42 rebounds to QC's 34. The Knights committed 16 turnovers in the contest, with the Setters capitalizing on that for 22 points off of turnovers.
Queens will travel out-of-division on Wednesday (Nov. 14) for a 7 p.m. contest with Division I Fairleigh Dickinson University in Teaneck, N.J.