WEST CALDWELL, N.J. (Dec. 1, 2018) - The Queens College men's basketball team held a late lead on Saturday (Dec. 1) but the Knights could not put away Caldwell as the Cougars snatched a 61-57 victory over QC at the George Newman Center in New Jersey.
Dwayne Henry, Jr. and Elijah Bovell led Queens (0-8) with 13 points apiece as Kevin Buron chipped in with ten points and five rebounds. The three players combined to shoot 14-for-24 from the field (58%) while Evan Goldberg corraled 11 rebounds off the bench in 25 minutes, scoring four points as well.
Vaughn Covington led all scorers with 22 points, including several gut-punch three-pointers down the stretch for the Cougars (4-2) with Ruud Lutteman obtaining 16 points and eight rebounds.
After trading the first sixteen points over the course of the game's first five minutes, Caldwell pushed ahead to a 12-8 lead on the strength of two lay-ups from Lutterman. The Knights turned the tide back in their favor with three-pointers from Henry and Tyrese Crosdale as Queens fought back into the contest; a 7-0 run for the visitors forced a Caldwell timeout with just under seven minutes to go in the first half and Queens up 23-19. The Cougars responded with a 10-4 run and a Covington three-pointer with less than a minute left in the half putting the hosts ahead by a 29-27 score but Jelani Williams hit a three-pointer out of a QC time-out to send the Knights into the locker room up by a point.
Caldwell reclaimed the lead with Covington hitting three free throws to help put his side ahead by a 36-32 score until a Bovell dunk, a Buron three and a Goldberg lay-up had the Knights ahead by a score of 39-36 with fifteen minutes left in regulation. Shomari Redd then scored QC's next five points, including a three-ball to put the Knights up by a 44-40 margin before Covington answered with five straight points to give the Cougars the advantage once again. Goldberg converted a lay-up to put Queens in front with nine minutes remaining, but that was the final time that the Knights had the lead. The Cougars went on a 10-2 run over the next six minutes of action with Covington hitting a backbreaking three-pointer to give his side their largest lead of the game at 55-48 with three minutes to play. Back-to-back threes from Bovell and Keenan Gorski brought QC within a point at 55-54 but the Knights failed to get closer over the final two minutes as Covington iced the game from the free throw line.
Queens will open up East Coast Conference play on Wednesday (Dec. 5) with a 7 p.m. showdown against NYIT in Old Westbury to conclude the season-opening road trip.