Early Struggles Doom Men's Basketball to 61-56 Defeat at Mercy Wednesday

Early Struggles Doom Men's Basketball to 61-56 Defeat at Mercy Wednesday

DOBBS FERRY, N.Y. (Dec. 12, 2018) – The Queens College men's basketball team could not shake off the rust of a ten-point deficit to start the game as the Knights fell short in a 61-56 defeat at the hands of Mercy on Wednesday (Dec. 12) at Victory Hall Sports Center.

Queens (1-10, 1-2 ECC) missed two shots and had three turnovers in its opening possessions of the half while Mercy (4-5, 2-1 ECC) scored ten straight points in the first four minutes of play. Specifically, Bryan Griffin and Matthew Alectus had five points apiece for the Mavericks over the run which was stopped on a lay-up by Wayne Li with 15:37 to play in the half. The Knights continued to struggle from the field, only getting to ten total points on a Shomari Redd three-ball with six-and-a-half minutes remaining in the period. However, that three-pointer was countered by an Amir Atkins long-distance jumper to give Mercy a 22-10 lead. The Mavericks would enter the locker room up 32-17 as QC hit just 6-of-27 (22%) from the field and 2-of-11 (18%) from beyond the three-point line.

The Knights opened the second half on a 12-5 run with Li, Redd, Jelani Williams and Keenan Gorski leading Queens back within an eight-point margin at 37-29 with four minutes played. Mercy scored the next four points and the Knights went cold until a free throw from Christopher Brizan with eleven minutes remaining in regulation made the Knights' deficit a 41-30 margin. Queens attempted a comeback late in the contest as David Grady III rattled home a three-ball with 47 seconds left to bring the Knights within five points at 57-52 and a Tyrese Crosdale lay-up made the game a one-possession affair. However, the Mavericks knocked down their free throws to seal the game.

Redd and Li led the Knights with 12 points apiece while Elijah Bovell added nine points and Crosdale had eight. Redd added eight rebounds, Crosdale and Li had five boards each and Bovell added two blocks. Queens shot 20-for-62 (32%) from the field in the loss.

Griffin had a double-double with 26 points and 12 rebounds for the Mavericks and Atkins added 11 points off the bench. Mercy shot 22-for-52 (42%) on the floor in the victory.

Queens will host Bridgeport on Saturday (Dec. 15) at 3:30 p.m. in an East Coast Conference contest at Fitzgerald Gymnasium.