FLUSHING, N.Y. – Sophomore Issac Grant recorded his second career double-double, but the Queens College men's basketball team's second-half comeback attempt came up just short in a 100-91 defeat to the Concordia (N.Y.) College Clippers at home on Saturday.
Grant posted season highs with 20 points and 10 rebounds in 17 minutes off the bench, adding two steals and a block as well. Additionally, senior Simon Green had 17 points, five assists and two steals, while junior Jordan Curtis notched his first career double-double in a Queens uniform with 12 points and 10 rebounds.
Freshman Tyrese Crosdale knocked down back-to-back three-pointers to give Queens a 6-5 lead less than two minutes in to the game, but that would be the only lead of the contest for the Knights, as the Clippers took the lead just nine seconds later. Two quick buckets by sophomore Kevin Buron later kept Queens within one 3:16 in to play, however, Concordia followed with an 8-0 run to take command.
The Clippers remained on top throughout the rest of the first half and took their largest lead, 46-31, when Cedrick McFadden hit a jumper with five minutes until halftime. Green scored the next eight points for the Knights, and a Crosdale three cut the deficit to nine, but Anthony Barnes' jump shot fell with six seconds on the clock to give Concordia a 53-42 halftime lead.
Queens regained it confidence out of the break and stormed back in the second half. After the Clippers took a 57-46 lead on a Michael Demello layup, the Knights answered with a 12-1 run, which was capped off by a Green layup that tied the game at 58 apiece just 4:56 into the half.
Concordia quickly regained the lead and pushed the advantage to 67-60 with 13:10 remaining, and that's when Grant went to work. He scored the next nine points for Queens, with his layup with 10:16 to go tying the game again at 69 all. The Clippers went back on top, but once again, the Knights pulled back and evened the score at 73 apiece after a pair of foul shots by Buron.
After Concordia went on top 77-73, a three by freshman Elijah Bovell brought Queens within one, but that was as close as the Knights would get the rest of the way. Grant fouled out with 3:41 to go, and the Clippers pushed their advantage to double figures. Five quick points by freshman Dwayne Henry make it a 95-90 game with 1:38 left, but a Brandon Fields jumper and Elijah Brown triple sealed the deal for Concordia.
Crosdale, who made his first career start, scored in double digits for the third straight game, finishing with 12 points on 4-of-7 shooting from downtown to go with six assists. Buron chipped in 11 points and a block for the Knights, and on the other side, Stephen Milhaven had 32 points and nine rebounds for the Clippers. Queens shot 48.5 percent overall and 48.1 percent from three but shot just 63.6 percent from the line, while Concordia hit on 53.7 percent of its shots from the floor.
The Knights will continue their home stretch with a matchup against Felician on Wednesday, Nov. 22, at 5:30 p.m.