Last-Minute Push Falls Short as Men's Basketball Drops 66-63 Contest at Jefferson

Last-Minute Push Falls Short as Men's Basketball Drops 66-63 Contest at Jefferson

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. (Nov. 21, 2018) – Down nine points with three-and-a-half minutes remaining in regulation, the Queens College men's basketball team stormed back into contention but ran out of time in a 66-63 defeat against Jefferson University on Wednesday (Nov. 21) at the Gallagher Center in Philadelphia.
Elijah Bovell led Queens (0-5) with 14 points on an afternoon in which the sophomore shot 6-for-12 (50%) from the floor. Dwayne Henry, Jr. added 12 points with five assists and four rebounds and Tyrese Crosdale poured in 11 points with five rebounds. Christopher Brizan led the Knights on the glass with six rebounds off the bench.
Deondre Bourne had a game-high 16 points for Jefferson (4-1), which only exhibited a six-player rotation in the contest. Josh Bradanese added 14 points with nine rebounds and DeVaughn Mallory pitched in with 14 points and five boards; Kylan Guerra added ten points and seven assists for the Rams.
The teams traded the first eighteen points of the affair with the score tied at 9-9 in the first six minutes of play. After a Kevin Buron lay-in put Queens ahead by two, Bourne responded with a three-ball to give Jefferson a one-point edge. Keenan Gorski countered that response with a trifecta of his own and a Crosdale three-pointer gave the Knights a 17-12 lead with eight minutes gone by in the half. Jefferson went on an 11-2 run to regain the lead at the midway point in the first half, with the Rams up 23-19.
The Knights pulled back ahead on a 13-2 run in the next five minutes of play, punctuated by two threes from Bovell, but QC's 32-25 lead did not last as Jefferson rushed back on another scoring run; the Rams ended the half on a 10-2 run as Guerra's three-point shot with thirty seconds to play in the half gave the hosts a 35-34 lead at the halftime break.
Thirty seconds into the second half, Bovell put Queens back in front on a jumper which was followed by a three-point play from Wayne Li. The Knights led 39-35 but Jefferson inched back into the contest, tying the game at 43-all with 10:45 to play in regulation. Two minutes later, the Rams polished off a 9-0 run as Bradanese scored the final five points in the stretch to give his side a 52-43 lead. The Knights would not see the lead again or a tie score again despite getting as close as two points down at 62-60 with under a minute remaining in the contest. Jefferson led 66-63 with five seconds remaining, but Prince Hickson missed two free throws that opened the door for the Knights to send the contest to overtime. Unfortunately for Queens, Henry's tying three-point attempt was off the mark and Queens would not complete the comeback.
The Knights will return to action on Monday (Nov. 26) with a 7:30 p.m. contest at East Stroudsburg University.