Queens College men’s hoops drops two after winning season-opener

Queens College men’s hoops drops two after winning season-opener
Photo by Robert Cole
By Jacob Schneider

The Queens College men’s basketball team is off to a rough start to the season, compiling a 1-2 record in their first three games.

The Knights had the great fortune of having their first three games of the season at home in the Fitzgerald Gym but could not take advantage of the home-court advantage.

Despite a season high 20 points and 10 rebounds for sophomore Isaac Grant, the Knights fell to Concordia College 100-91 at home Nov. 18. Grant added two steals and a block in his 17 minutes off the bench, while senior Simon Green contributed 17 points, five assists and two steals. Junior Jordan Curtis notched his first career double-double for Queens with 12 points and 10 rebounds.

Freshman Tyrese Crossdale had his third consecutive game scoring in double figures, the latest coming in his first career start after previously coming in off the bench.

Crossdale hit a pair of threes early in the first half to give the Knights their first and only lead of the game as the rest of the way was dominated by the Clippers. The 86-74 loss was the second consecutive loss for the Knights.

The first of those losses came three nights prior when Queens started off slowly and couldn’t overcome an early double-digit deficit when they fell to the University of New Haven Nov. 15.

Senior guard Tyrone Hall led the Knights with 25 points while shooting 50 percent from beyond the arc. Green, in his season debut, had an impressive 19 points, six assists, five rebounds performance.

The Knights’ loss to the Chargers was all the more disappointing after a very impressive season-opening blowout victory over Chestnut Hill College Nov. 10.

Hall hit a three to open to the scoring for the Knights and they never looked back. Hall, Crosdale, sophomore Kevin Buron and freshman Keenan Gorski all scored in double figures for Queens.

The Knights’ lead over the Griffins never dropped below double digits in the second half and and they led by as much as 26 en route to a 78-56 victory.

Before the start of the regular season the Knights took a trip to Storrs, Conn., for an exhibition game against the University of Connecticut.

The Knights didn’t really stand a chance against the Huskies falling 100-43.

The Knights managed just 15 points in the first half.