RUTHERFORD, NJ – Junior reserve Tyrone Hall had 16 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Queens College men's basketball team to a runaway nonconference victory on the road against Felician College, 67-51, on Tuesday night. The Knights now have won two games in a row and hold a 6-5 overall record heading into the holiday break.
Queens used two key runs to close each half, the first allowing them to build their lead and take control of the game, and the second putting the Golden Falcons away for good. Hall led two other Knights' scorers in double-digits with seniors Diego Maldonado and Tyree White chipping in 13 and 10 points, respectively. Queens College connected on 12 three-pointers to fire their attack, while on the other end they held the Golden Falcons to 32.7 percent shooting from the floor.
Despite the final score, things looked bleak early on for the Knights when Felician jumped out to an 8-0 lead behind two three-pointers and a second-chance bucket off their offensive rebound. Queens finally got going with a lay-up from freshman Issac Grant and the first of Hall's four three-pointers, but the Golden Falcons pushed away with better shooting. Behind 22-12 with 10:16 remaining in the first, Hall connected on his second three and sparked the Knights' extended 20-4 run to close out the half. Maldonado scored 8 of his 13 points during the span, and Hall was able to add another three-pointer to his total. At intermission, the Knights led 32-26.
Queens College started the second half thriving on the same momentum they gained to end the first, stretching their lead to double-digits after Hall's fourth three-pointer made the score 38-27. Felician retaliated with a 9-2 run spanning just under three minutes of game time to creep within four 40-36 before Queens wrestled back control of the game. Freshman Kevin Buron's layup put the Knights ahead by six and then Hall scored on second-chance opportunities during back-to-back possessions to inflate the lead back up to 10. Senior guard Kyheim Chaplin drained two threes and swingman Malcolm Moore added another to increase the margin to 16, 57-41, with 6:38 remaining in the game. The closest Felician came following this run was 11 as the Knights went on to win comfortably by the final score 67-51.
With Hall, White and Chaplin all scoring well off the Knights' bench, Queens College outscored Felician in bench points 33-14. The Knights also took advantage of their 18 offensive rebounds to outpace their opponents in second chance points, 17-7. Freshman guard Zamir Wright had 17 points and five assists to lead the Golden Falcons, who now fall to 6-6 with the loss.
The Knights return to action on Friday, December 30, when they travel on the road to take on New Haven in another nonconference matchup. Tip-off is scheduled for 3:00 p.m.