BRONXVILLE, N.Y. (Nov. 30, 2018) – The Queens College men's basketball team suffered a heart-breaking defeat to Concordia College on Friday (Nov. 30) as the Clippers won an 83-82 game in overtime at the Meyer Athletic Center in Bronxville.
Queens (0-7) took an opening 5-0 lead over Concordia (3-4) as Elijah Bovell made the first shot of the game before Dwayne Henry, Jr. scored on a three-point play to give the Knights the edge after two minutes of action. QC led 11-7 on another Henry lay-up but the Clippers went on a 7-0 run punctuated by a Cedrick McFadden three-ball to give the hosts a 14-11 lead. Gorski would then knock down back-to-back threes to put the Knights ahead by a 17-14 margin with thirteen minutes to play in the half, and the Australian sophomore knocked down another three a few minutes later to put the Knights up by a 25-17 margin. Concordia stormed back on an 8-2 run but could not capture the lead or tie the score; Gorski's fourth trifecta of the half put the Knights ahead by a 38-31 margin with less than thirty seconds to play but Jared Young's buzzer-beater three-ball gave the Clippers momentum going into the locker room as the hosts trailed 38-34.
Kevin Buron opened the second half with the Knights' first four points, but Concordia refused to go away as the Clippers stayed within a possession or two of play. Bovell knocked down a contested lay-up with three minutes played in the half to put the Knights ahead by a 45-41 margin. Bovell would trade buckets with Baron Goodridge, keeping the game at a four-point contest with five minutes gone by in the frame. Gorski would hit another three-ball but so would Concordia's Alex White, Jr. as the Knights led 50-46 with six-and-a-half minutes played.
Bovell and Jelani Williams would knock down back-to-back three-pointers to give Queens its first double-digit edge of the night at 56-46 and a Bovell jumper extended QC's lead at the midway point of the half. Concordia, however, came back into the fray thanks to Stephen Milhaven---who had 30 points and 11 rebounds against Molloy earlier in the week. The forward scored five consecutive points to bring the Clippers within seven points at 58-51 with nine-and-a-half minutes remaining in regulation. Concordia found itself within three points at 60-57 on a Cedrick McFadden lay-up as the clock ticked under seven minutes to play in Bronxville.
Milhaven tied the game with a three-pointer as the Clippers completed a 14-2 run to tie the contest at 60-all with 6:08 to play. The takeover continued as Milhaven drove and scored on a lay-up to give Concordia its first lead of the contest at 62-60 but the Knights tied the score with five minutes remaining. Bovell knocked down a pair of free throws to give the Knights the lead and Wayne Li got a friendly bounce on an eight-foot jumper to put QC up 66-63; McFadden answered and the Knights clung to a one-point lead with three minutes to play.
The game teetered back and forth on both sides before Henry knocked in a driving lay-up against the contact to put the Knights up 70-68 with ninety seconds remaining in regulation. The sophomore guard would make the ensuing free throw to put the Knights up by three. Concordia's next possession resulted in a missed jumper by McFadden with the ball out of bounds in favor of Queens and the clock under one minute. Following a Gorski miss, Concordia retained possession before a broken play left Michael Demello wide open for a three-pointer. The shot deflected around the rim and off the top of the backboard before falling through the hoop to even the score at 71-all with nine seconds remaining. Queens had a chance to win at the end of regulation, but Henry's jumper rattled in and out and Buron's tip was off the mark as well.
Gorski opened the overtime session with his sixth three-pointer of the game to put the Knights up by a 74-71 margin but McFadden answered with a driving lay-up. Henry hit a wide-open three to respond as Queens led by four points at 77-73 but Milhaven's close lay-up with three minutes to play brought the Clippers within a bucket at 77-75. Demello fired in a three-pointer as Concordia took a 78-77 lead with two minutes remaining in the extra frame; on the Knights' next possession, Henry drew a foul on Milhaven and sank a pair of free throws to give QC the lead again. Milhaven put Concordia ahead by an 80-79 margin, however, as the Knights took possession of the ball with one minute to play. Henry knocked in a driving lay-up with forty-three seconds to go, however, as the Knights reclaimed the lead with an 81-80 margin. The defense held firm for the Knights, forcing a tough shot by Goodridge that missed the bottom of the net, and Queens secured the rebound. Henry only hit one of two free throws and on the other end, McFadden would be fouled and hit one of two but the ball went out of bounds in favor of the Clippers. The red-shirt senior guard hit a step-back jumper to give Concordia the 83-82 lead with two-and-a-half seconds to go, but the Knights had a chance to win it. Unfortunately for the Knights, Bovell's three-pointer from midcourt would not hit the mark and the Clippers escaped with the win.
Gorski posted a career-high 21 points on a 7-for-11 shooting performance with six three-pointers and seven rebounds. Bovell added 19 points and Henry had 18 points and six assists. Li posted eight points and eight rebounds while Buron had eight and five, respectively. The Knights shot 51% (30-59) from the floor and hit 13-of-18 (72%) from the free throw line but were unable to stop Milhaven from scoring 21 points---16 of which came in overtime and the second half.
The Knights will face Caldwell on Saturday (Dec. 1) in New Jersey at 3 p.m.