FLUSHING, N.Y. - The Queens College men's basketball team's winning streak ended at four games with a 75-73 setback to Dowling in a close East Coast Conference battle Thursday evening at Fitzgerald Gymnasium. The loss made the postseason equation difficult for the Knights as QC fell to 9-13 overall and 7-10 in ECC play, while the Golden Lions improved to 12-12 overall and 8-9 in ECC.
Junior Malcolm Moore came off the bench to score a season-high 16 points to lead the team in scoring. The wing from Elmont, NY, shot an impressive 4-of-8 from deep and tied for the team-lead with six rebounds to help keep the game close. Elsewhere, junior Tyree White found other ways to contribute other than his traditional scoring by passing out 10 assists and pulling down six rebounds of his own.
The Knights faced the largest deficit in the game for either team when they found themselves down eight with just over five minutes remaining in the contest. Five straight points by way of a Moore three and a second-chance lay-in by Carson Murphy had Queens again within three, 71-68. Moments later after a made free throw by the visitors, junior Kyheim Chaplin connected on a long-range effort and a jumper to give the Knights a brief lead, 73-72. On the other end, Vincent Abbandola scored a second-chance hoop plus the foul to give the Golden Lions a 75-73 edge that withstood Queens' last-minute efforts, including White's final possession shot in the lane.
Queens fell short by the slimmest of margins, losing out in second-chance points, 16-10, and in the battle of the paint with only 30 points to Dowling's 38. With the help of Moore and fellow junior Diego Maldonado, who went 4-of-6 from three for 12 points, the Knights converted on 13 of their 26 attempts from deep to have a marked edge in that category.
The Golden Lions ultimately did most of their damage from the free throw line where an otherwise paltry 10-for-18 mark outdid Queens' 0-for-1 by a huge margin. Abbandola, who scored the go-ahead bucket, ended up leading Dowling with 21 points in only 19 minutes off the bench.
Up next for Queens is Saturday's road game against Bridgeport. Tip-off is scheduled for 3:00pm.