Men's Basketball Claims Come-From-Behind Victory over Bridgeport on Saturday, 71-70

Men's Basketball Claims Come-From-Behind Victory over Bridgeport on Saturday, 71-70

FLUSHING, N.Y. (Dec. 15, 2018) – The Queens College men's basketball team trailed by fourteen points at halftime on Saturday (Dec. 15) against Bridgeport, but a 19-7 run to start the second half propelled the Knights to a 71-70 victory at Fitzgerald Gymnasium to improve to 2-0 at home this season.
Both teams started out slowly in the opening half of action, with Shomari Redd hitting the first lay-up of the contest after two minutes of play to allow QC (2-10, 2-2 ECC) to strike first. Bridgeport (5-5, 1-3 ECC) would respond as John Middleton knocked in a three-pointer, and the teams would play a cat-and-mouse game for the remainder of the half with Queens holding off Bridgeport from taking a lead until late in the frame. Another lay-up by Redd coupled with a free throw from Keenan Gorski gave the Knights a 24-20 lead with 7:20 to play in the period, but Bridgeport then went on a 23-5 run to close out the half. A lay-up from Bakary Camara followed by back-to-back transition buckets from Eric Rankin put Bridgeport ahead by a 26-24 score, but QC kept its composure and tied the score at 29-all on free throws by Tyrese Crosdale with four minutes remaining. The Knights would miss their final nine shots of the half, however, as UB scored the final fourteen points as Dennis Green collected ten points in the final run to put Bridgeport up by a 43-29 score going into the break.
Queens opened the second half of play with a 17-7 spurt that was most led by Elijah Bovell and Crosdale hitting three-pointers. The two went back-to-back from beyond the arc with twelve minutes remaining to bring the Knights within a 56-50 deficit. After Bridgeport pulled back ahead by a 68-54 margin, Queens rallied back on a 15-2 run to bring the game within a point at 70-69. A Bridgeport turnover set the Knights up with the ball and nine seconds left to play. On the ensuing possession, Dwayne Henry, Jr. was fouled with three seconds to play and the visitors over the foul limit. Henry hit the free throws, and Bridgeport's last-second attempts at a buzzer-beating win proved off the mark.
Bovell led all scorers with 18 points and also pulled down ten rebounds in the win to go along with three assists and two steals. Wayne Li added eleven points and five rebounds with a team-high three blocks while Redd added ten points.
Camara led Bridgeport with 17 points and 12 rebounds, while Green added 16 points and three assists. Rankin had 11 points for the Purple Knights in the loss.
Queens travels out of conference to cap off the 2018 calendar year with a game on Dec. 30 at Southern Connecticut State at 3:30 p.m.