Men's Basketball Drops 74-58 Decision to Defending Atlantic Region Champion East Stroudsburg

Men's Basketball Drops 74-58 Decision to Defending Atlantic Region Champion East Stroudsburg

EAST STROUDSBURG, Pa. (Nov. 26, 2018) – A 10-0 run in the opening five minutes of play was a harbinger of bad news for the Queens College men's basketball team as the Knights fell in a wire-to-wire defeat at East Stroudsburg on Monday (Nov. 26); the Warriors, who were an Elite Eight participant in last year's NCAA Tournament, scored a 74-58 victory at Koehler Fieldhouse.
Josh Williams scored the first and last baskets of that ten-point opening spurt for ESU (3-2) as Queens (0-6) had four missed shots and four turnovers in its eight starting possessions of the contest. The Knights broke through on an Elijah Bovell lay-up out of the first media timeout but the Warriors' Michal Weiss responded with a bucket of his own to give the hosts a 12-2 lead. Bovell would collect eight of QC's first ten points in the game with the Knights getting within a four-point deficit at 20-16 just after the midway point of the first half on the strength of back-to-back threes from Tyrese Crosdale and Dwayne Henry, Jr. Unfortunately for the Knights, ESU went on a 15-4 run over the next five minutes of play which keyed the Warriors to a 42-26 lead at the break. Queens committed 16 first-half turnovers which led to 21 points for East Stroudsburg.
The Warriors opened the second half with points as Ryan Smith put home a two-pointer just nine seconds into play. Queens, down 44-26 at that point, failed to threaten the defending Atlantic Region champions through the rest of the second half. The Knights would, however, end the game on a 10-0 run over the final four minutes with strong bench possessions from Evan Goldberg and Daniel Kissoon. Goldberg was 2-for-2 from the field in the low block while Kissoon hit a three-pointer and Bovell closed the contest with a lay-up in the final seconds of action.
Bovell led the Knights with 16 points and seven rebounds in the effort. The sophomore shot 7-for-17 from the floor in the contest and added two steals, an assist and a block. Crosdale pitched in with nine points while Christopher Brizan and Shomari Redd added seven points off the bench. Brizan and David Grady III also contributed seven rebounds in the contest while Keenan Gorski ended the night with six points and Goldberg added five. Queens shot 37% (22-59) from the floor and ended up out-rebounding the Warriors by a 49-44 margin. However, the Knights also committed 28 turnovers in the contest which were turned into 33 ESU points.
Williams led East Stroudsburg with 13 points, a number that was matched by teammate Nick Giordano as Jakwan Jones accumulated 12 points in the win for the Warriors. ESU was limited to a 39% performance from the field (31-79) as well as hitting just 8-of-31 (26%) from beyond the three-point line.
Queens College will continue its season-opening road-trip on Friday (Nov. 30) with a 7 p.m. showdown against Concordia (NY) in Bronxville.