GARDEN CITY, NY - Despite trailing by 10 points at the half, the Queens College men's basketball had no answers in the second half and fell to Adelphi 108-78 Sunday afternoon. The Knights fell to 3-3 on the young season, while the Panthers improved to 5-1 on the year.
QC jumped on the board as senior Diego Maldonado knocked down a three on their first possession of the game. Both teams exchanged buckets in the opening 10 minutes as neither team was able to pull away. A jumper by Maldonado gave QC a 21-18 lead before Adelphi answered back to take the lead for good. The Panthers responded with a 21-0 run from 9:19 to 5:17 before a pair of free throws from junior Tyrone Hall stopped the surge. QC responded with a 12-5 run to get within 11 (46-35) with 2:56 left in the first half. Maldonado's layup with time expiring in the first half cut the halftime deficit down to 10, 52-42.
Attempting to make a comeback, the Knights cut the deficit down to eight following a layup from Maldonado, but the Panthers had an answer for every bucket the Knights scored. QC took a timeout looking to slow down Adelphi with 15:03 left in second half. However, the Panthers responded with a 9-2 run to increase their lead to 19 (72-53) with 12:32 left.
QC shot 42.4% (28-66 FG) from the field, while Adelphi shot a masterful 55.7% (39-70) from the floor. Three players registered double figures for the Knights, led by senior Tyree White's game-high 25 points, 10-for-13 shooting, with six rebounds, while Maldonado posted 19 points and four rebounds. Junior Simon Green posted 15 points, eight rebounds, and four assists on the day.
Manny Suarez led Adelphi from the front court, posting a double-double with 24 points, 12 rebounds and three blocks. Conor McGuinness registered a double-double of his own with 17 points and game-high 10 assists.
UP NEXT: The Knights return to East Coast Conference action Wednesday evening as they welcome Mercy College to FitzGerald Gymnasium with tip off slated for 7:30 pm.
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