FLUSHING, N.Y. – The Queens College men's basketball team fell behind early and couldn't overcome a double-digit deficit, as the Knights fell to the Chargers of the University of New Haven, 86-74, Wednesday night from Fitzgerald Gym. It was the first loss of the season for Queens (1-1), while New Haven improved to 2-1 on the year.
Senior Tyrone Hall led the Knights with 25 points, hitting 5-of-10 three-pointers. Fellow senior Simon Green racked up 19 points, six assists and five rebounds in his season debut, while freshman Tyrese Crosdale reached double figures for the second game in a row with 15 points.
The Chargers came out scorching in the first half, leaping out to a 16-3 lead just 4:32 into the game behind four combined three-pointers by Danny Upchurch and Michael Bourke. New Haven would push the lead to 17 midway through the opening half, 25-8, and extended the advantage to 20 at 36-16 with 6:27 left in the half.
Continuing to push the button, the New Haven lead grew to 42-20 after another Upchurch three with 2:27 on the clock. Seven quick points from Hall brought the deficit down to 15, but Bourke nailed a jumper just before halftime to provide a 46-29 lead at the break.
New Haven kept the momentum going into the second half, scoring the first five points to extend the lead back to 22 just 2:11 in. Green finished on a pair of and-one layups for the Knights, but Bourke and Upchurch continued to hit from outside for the Chargers, as the difference remained 22 at 63-41.
After New Haven took its largest lead, 65-41, Hall scored 12 straight points to bring the Knights back within 12 at 65-53 with 8:45 to go. However, Upchurch scored the Chargers' next six points to keep the double-digit lead intact. Queens started to get the offense clicking down the stretch and eventually made it a 10-point game, but it was too late, as the Chargers hung on for the win.
Upchurch led all scorers with 31 points (4-of-7 3PT) to go with nine assists and six rebounds, while Bourke finished with 20 points (7-of-13 FG) for the Chargers. New Haven shot 60 percent overall in the first half and 57.7 percent for the game, including 50 percent from downtown. Meanwhile, Queens shot 41.9 percent overall and 39.3 percent from outside.
The Knights will look to bounce back at home on Saturday, Nov. 18, when they host Concordia (N.Y.) at 3:30 p.m.