FLUSHING, N.Y. – After the Queens College men's basketball team ended the first half on a 13-0 run to tie the game heading into halftime, the Felician University Golden Falcons scorched the nets in the second half, going on a 30-2 run and downing the Knights at Fitzgerald Gym, 101-85, on Wednesday.
The setback puts Queens at 1-3 thus far on the season, while Felician improves to 3-2 overall.
Freshman Dwayne Henry and senior Simon Green led the Knights with 16 points apiece, while reigning East Coast Conference (ECC) Rookie of the Week Tyrese Crosdale reached double figures for the fourth straight game with 14 points on the night.
Felician led for most of the first half, but Queens hung close at first after a three by Crosdale brought the Knights within a point, 6-5, early. Though the Golden Falcons then went on a 5-0 lead, the Knights were able to come back within just two with 12:14 on the clock. Felician stretched the lead to seven, but sophomore Kevin Buron drained a triple to make it 18-14.
However, Felician pushed the lead to 10 at 31-21 with 7:18 until halftime. Five minutes later, the Golden Falcons took a 13-point advantage after a three by Gjaimeir Stanford, making it 42-29. Suddenly, though, Queens had had enough and caught fire. Crosdale and Henry both sank three-pointers to start a 13-0 run for the Knights, and freshman Hasan Ringer made a layup with nine seconds left to tie the game up at 42 all at halftime.
Just 1:15 out of the break, Queens took a 46-44 lead after a layup by Green, and Buron kept the Knights on top by two with a jumper 40 seconds later. From there, a Terrell Spaulding three started Felician's jaw-dropping 30-2 run that lasted over seven minutes, as the Golden Falcons took complete control of the game with a 76-50 lead. Green finally ended the run with a jumper with 10:11 to go in the game.
Henry scored 13 of his 16 points in the second half to help Queens slowly chip away at the lead. A Ringer three made it a 15-point difference with 1:21 remaining, but the damage was already done, as Felician took the 101-85 victory.
Felician had five players score in double figures led by Stanford's 22. The Golden Falcons shot 55.7 percent for the game and 55.6 percent from downtown, but they did their damage with 67.9 percent shooting in the second half. Queens shot 50 percent overall and was 14-of-33 from behind the arc. Sophomore Issac Grant added nine points and six rebounds for the Knights.
Queens will host Holy Family University next on Sunday, Nov. 26, at 4 p.m.