Men's Basketball Holds Off Mercy for 81-78 East Coast Conference Victory

Men's Basketball Holds Off Mercy for 81-78 East Coast Conference Victory

FLUSHING, N.Y. (Jan. 10, 2018) - Jordan Curtis hit a three-pointer with two-and-a-half minutes to play to help lift the Queens College men's basketball team over Mercy College on Wednesday (Jan. 10) by a final score of 81-78 at Fitzgerald Gymnasium.

The Knights (5-7, 3-2 ECC) led 40-36 at the half thanks to a strong performance by senior guard Tyrone Hall in the game's opening twenty minutes. Hall led QC with 11 points, hitting 3-of-7 from the field and scoring four points from the free throw line as well. Mercy (7-8, 2-3 ECC) led 36-33 after a three-point play by Brendon Smith with 2:18 to play in the half, but the Knights went on a 7-0 run to close out the period with a four-point lead. Hall hit a three-pointer to start the run, with Tyrese Crosdale knocking down two free throws and Wayne Li scoring on a lay-up to cap the scoring.

The sophomore from China opened the second half by scoring QC's first four points to give the Knights a 46-38 edge, but the Mavericks eventually took a 51-50 lead after Dequawne Richards compiled a 7-0 personal run; Queens answered with a 7-0 rally of its own after a three-pointer by Jelani Williams and two straight buckets by Elijah Bovell. The two teams would trade leads and ties for much of the remainder of the contest with Marko Kozul hitting free throws to tie the game at 73-all with 3:20 remaining. 

Curtis hit his three-pointer to give the Knights a three-point lead but the Mavericks answered back as Richards knocked down a free throw and Chris Myers hit a jumper to collect another tie. Crosdale scored on a jumper and Bovell ended the game hitting three free throws as Mercy's Sal Barbetto missed a game-tying three pointer as time expired.

Bovell and Hall led the Knights with 11 points while Li and Simon Green added ten points in the victory. Curtis chipped in with nine points, Crosdale and Keenan Gorski scored eight points while Williams and Isaac Grant each added six points as well. Grant pulled down a team-high 12 rebounds with Green snatching nine boards and Curtis pulling in eight. 

Kozul had a game-high 21 points off the bench for Mercy with Richards adding 20 and Myers scoring 16. Kelvin Howard led the Mavericks with 11 rebounds, as well.

The Knights are next in action on Saturday (Jan. 13) against the Purple Knights of Bridgeport, with tip-off from Harvey Hubbell Gymnasium set for 3 p.m.