FLUSHING, N.Y. – Six different Knights scored in double figures, as the Queens College men's basketball team defeated Adelphi University, 92-86, from Fitzgerald Gym Wednesday evening on Military, Faculty and Staff Appreciation Day.
Queens (2-4) scorched the nets by hitting 62.5 percent from three-point land and 55.7 percent overall from the floor, while the Knights held Adelphi (1-5) to just 24.2 percent from behind the arc.
All six of the Knights' double-digit scorers were newcomers, including five freshmen. The Knights were led by freshman Tyrese Crosdale, who has reached double figures in each of the five games he has appeared, as he scored a season-best 19 points (6-of-9 FG, 2-of-3 3PT, 5-of-5 FT).
Freshman guard Dwayne Henry tallied 17 points, four assists and two steals in 36 minutes, while fellow rookie Keenan Gorski notched his first career double-double with 13 points, 10 rebounds, three assists, a steal and a block. Sophomore Wayne Li (12 PTS), freshman Jelani Williams (11 PTS) and freshman Elijah Bovell (10 PTS) also reached double digits.
Queens held a slim advantage early on, 10-7, before Adelphi streamed out for an 11-0 run to take an 18-10 lead 5:36 into play. Bovell and Henry finally ended the run with back-to-back buckets, and then Gorski converted an and-one layup to bring the Knights within one at 18-17. Doug Chappell hit a three-pointer for the Panthers to stretch the lead back to four, but Crosdale scored the game's next seven points to give Queens a 24-21 lead.
Adelphi answered with two quick baskets by Michael Coffey and Austin Beech before a Henry jumper gave the Knights a 26-25 advantage with 8:56 until halftime. Sophomore Kevin Buron pushed the lead to three for Queens, but Beech soon tied the game at 28 all with 7:01 on the clock. A steal and dish by Williams set up Li for the go-ahead layup, and threes by Bovell and Williams gave the Knights a 39-33 lead with 4:27 left. Queens later extended the lead to nine, but Adelphi made it a four-point game at the half, 48-44.
The Panthers came out aggressive to open the second half and took a 52-50 lead on a Tavon Ginyard layup 4:31 into the half, forcing a Queens timeout. Out of the timeout, Gorski nailed a jumper and Henry made a layup to put the Knights back on top. Adelphi tied it up again at 54 apiece until Li drained back-to-back threes to start an 8-0 run, putting Queens ahead for good.
With Queens in control, Adelphi wouldn't go down easily and kept close after a Nick Cambio tip-in cut the lead to four, and it remained a four-point difference with 6:31 to go. Then a Buron slam sparked a 13-2 run for Queens, as Crosdale led the way with eight points over that stretch.
The Knights took their largest lead, 87-70, after a Williams trifecta with 3:00 to go, but Adelphi made things interesting with an 11-0 run. Gorski made four timely foul shots over the final 31 seconds to help seal the deal, as Queens hung on for the 92-86 victory.
Queens will conclude its seven-game home stretch on Sunday, Dec. 3, when the Knights take on Lincoln (Pa.) at 4 p.m.