PHILADELPHIA, Pa. (Nov. 17, 2018) - The Queens College men's basketball team kept its battle with Chestnut Hill close to the end before the host Griffins put the game away late as the Knights fell by a 62-55 score at Sorgenti Arena in Philadelphia.
The Knights (0-4) opened the game with the opening points of the contest as Dwayne Henry, Jr. knocked in a three-pointer in the opening minute of play, but the Griffins (2-2) were quick to answer back as Roman Letterlough and Ed McWade put the hosts ahead with back-to-back buckets. A three from Elijah Bovell and a fastbreak lay-in from Henry gave QC an 11-6 lead and the Knights would hold onto a 15-14 edge at the midway point of the first half. Bovell and Billy Miller traded threes as QC led 18-17 and that would be the theme for the rest of the half as the Knights entered the locker room up by just one point at 27-26.
Wayne Li put the Knights ahead by three to open the second half of action but the hosts responded by tying the game on a three-ball from Cartier Talford; the game continued to seesaw back and forth as Chestnut Hill tied the game at 33-all on a thunderous fast-break jam from McWade. With five minutes played in the second half, the Knights went on an 8-0 run as Bovell and Henry hit book-end threes around an Evan Goldberg second-chance putback forcing Chestnut Hill to use a timeout down 41-33. The pendulum would swing back to the Griffins, however, as the hosts came out of the timeout on a 13-0 run to go up 46-41 with under ten minutes to play in regulation. Free throws were the mode of point-scoring over the next several minutes of play as both sides hit their shots from the stripe with Miller putting the Griffins up 59-50 with three minutes left in the game. After a free throw by Bovell, Henry and Tyrese Crosdale hit consecutive lay-ups to bring Queens within four points at 59-55; the Knights forced a turnover but Crosdale's three-point attempt was off the mark and Chestnut Hill would survive.
Bovell had a game-high 17 points in the loss, hitting 6-of-13 from the floor while adding four rebounds. Henry added 14 points and four boards as Crosdale pulled down nine rebounds to go along with his four points. Chestnut Hill was paced by 15 points from Trevonn Pitts, who shot 70% (7-10) from the field. McWade added 14 points and Keyon Butler had nine points and 12 rebounds off the bench, including the exclamation point dunk to ice the game.
Queens will return to action on Wednesday (Nov. 21) with a 2 p.m. matinee against Jefferson University in Philadelphia.