OLD WESTBURY, N.Y. (Dec. 5, 2018) – The Queens College men's basketball team started off their ECC opener on Wednesday (Dec. 5) missing all of their first seven shots as NYIT stormed away in the first half and held on for a 70-61 victory at Recreation Hall in Old Westbury.
The Bears (1-6, 1-0 ECC) and Knights (0-9, 0-1 ECC) combined to miss seven straight from the floor until NYIT's Marcus Saint-Furcy hit a jumper with two-and-a-half minutes played in the first half. Evan Goldberg responded with a baby hook to tie the score and later fed Keenan Gorski for a reverse lay-up to put QC ahead by a 6-4 score with five minutes played. NYIT, however, went on an 11-0 run over the next two minutes of play with Kieran Hamilton scoring five points and Brandon Redendo hitting a three-pointer to close the run and give the hosts a 15-6 lead with thirteen minutes remaining in the half. After a three-pointer from Wayne Li broke up that spurt, the Bears rolled on a 19-7 run over the next seven minutes to pull further ahead with a 34-16 lead. Queens attempted to rally back---bolstered by NYIT's first-half foul trouble---and Shomari Redd had nine points over the final minutes of action including a last-second trifecta that sent QC to the locker room down by a 43-28 margin.
The Knights would continue to get closer in the second half as Redd went on a 7-0 personal run at the midpoint of the period to bring QC within a 51-44 deficit. A three-pointer from Saint-Furcy, however, brought the Bears back up to a ten-point lead with nine-and-a-half minutes remaining in regulation. Queens would get as close as seven points again, but only after Elijah Bovell made a three-pointer with 50 seconds remaining as the Knights couldn't take advantage of NYIT's myriad of foul problems to complete the comeback.
Redd had 15 points off the bench for the Knights, hitting 5-of-7 from the floor. Bovell added 10 points on a night where he shot just 4-for-15 from the field. Goldberg had five points and a team-high seven rebounds while Li contributed six points and six rebounds. The Knights shot just 33% (22-67) from the floor and struggled from downtown, hitting just 5-of-26 (19%) from beyond the arc.
Saint-Furcy and Hamilton each contributed 16 points for the Bears in the win; Hamilton had seven rebounds and three steals while Saint-Furcy contributed five assists and two rebounds. Redendo added 15 points, five rebounds and three steals and Collins Onyeike littered the scorebook with ten points, eight rebounds, seven blocks and three assists for NYIT.
Queens will return to action on Saturday (Dec. 8) to host LIU Post at Fitzgerald Gymnasium at 3:30 p.m. The game will feature a special ceremony for Law Enforcement Day as well as a welcoming back of alumni and admission can be covered by donating a can of non-perishable food at the ticket table to help the Knights Pantry on campus.