HACKENSACK, N.J. (Nov. 14, 2018) – In terms of divisions, Wednesday night's contest on the hardwood (Nov. 14) saw a battle of Division I versus Division II. For nicknames, it was the Knights versus the Knights; for logos, it was the shining armor and sword versus the cunning chess piece.
At the end of the evening, however, the Queens College men's basketball team left the Rothmann Center empty-handed as Fairleigh Dickinson utilized a hot-shooting first half and an even more blistering second half to run away with an 87-48 victory in Hackensack.
Queens (0-3) won the opening tip-off and got the ball to a wide-open Tyrese Crosdale for the first shot of the game, but his three-pointer was off the mark. Fairleigh Dickinson (1-1) struck first on a lay-up by Xzavier Malone-Key in the first minute of play; but Wayne Li hit a hook shot with 17:19 to play in the half to even the score at 2-2. From there, FDU controlled the pace of play in achieving a 14-0 run over the next five minutes. Tyler Jones hit back-to-back three-pointers to give hosts the 16-2 edge before Evan Goldberg cleaned up a Jordan Curtis miss to get QC on the board. Following six straight points from Elijah Bovell, the Knights were once again stymied as Fairleigh Dickinson utilized a 15-0 run to take a 37-12 lead with two minutes to play in the half. The Knights went 3-for-13 in the first half from long range but started the period missing ten straight attempts until Dwayne Henry, Jr. closed out the half with three straight three-balls including a step-back trifecta from the top of the key to bring Queens within a 38-22 deficit at the break.
QC started the second half with the possession, but it was FDU scoring the first points on a Malone-Key driving lay-up. The hosts opened the half on a 17-3 run with Keenan Gorski knocking down a three-pointer for the Knights' only points in the opening four-minute stretch. It was a run that proved impossible to recover from for Queens as Fairleigh Dickinson extended its lead beyond the point of a comeback.
Bovell had a team-high twelve points for Queens as Henry added nine points; Gorski pitched in with six points while Goldberg and Shomari Redd added five points apiece. Goldberg was the team leader with seven rebounds as Li pulled down five boards. Queens shot just 17-of-57 from the floor (29.8%) in the defeat and committed 22 turnovers that led to 27 FDU points. Six players from the host Knights had double-figure point totals with Edge pouring in a game-high 18 points.
Queens will return to action on Saturday (Nov. 17) with a 4 p.m. contest at Chestnut Hill in Philadelphia, Pa. as the Knights continue their season-opening road trip.