Knights squads fall to LIU Post
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A second-quarter rally brought the Queens College women’s basketball team within two-points at the halftime break on Saturday against LIU Post, but the Pioneers outscored the Knights by a 20-6 margin in the third quarter, propelling the hosts to a 69-54 victory at the Pratt Recreation Center in Brookville.

Beth Bonin led Queens (6-6, 2-2 ECC) in the loss with a game-high 16 points, hitting five shots from the field including two three-pointers. Lucy Tougas was a perfect 4-for-4 from the field and score nine points overall while Merrick Rowland added seven points, four rebounds and four steals.

Marina Ramon Lopez added eight points and eight rebounds while Taliyah Hopkins and Celeste Moran each scored six points. The Knights shot just 35 percent (19-55) from the field and were undone by 28 team turnovers which turned into 25 LIU Post points.

The Pioneers (10-4, 5-0 ECC) were led by a balanced scoring attack as Kristen Olsen shot 6-of-9 from the field to score a team-high 15 points in the victory. Sasha Patterson added 12 points and Doyle had 11 points and six rebounds.

Robyn Francis and Mikaiya Moore each pulled down seven rebounds for the green and gold. LIU Post shot 42.4 percent (25-59) from the field in the win and hit 8-of-21 from the three-point line.

Men hang tight, but fall in end

For the Knights men on the same day, it was a low-scoring war of attrition. The game was close, but LIU Post proved to be too much as the hosts ended up with a 68-58 victory.

Tyrone Hall had 14 points to lead Queens (4-7, 2-2 ECC) in the loss. Isaac Grant scored 11 points, while Tyrese Crosdale added nine points of his own, hitting three three-pointers.

Jordan Curtis had seven points and nine rebounds, and Simon Green collected eight and six, respectively. The Knights shot 38.5 percent (20-of-52) from the field and 36.4 percent (8-of-22) from three-point range, but were undone by a poor free throw shooting performance (10-of-20) and a minus-12 rebounding margin (42-30).

Jordan Rivers had a game-high 22 points for LIU Post (6-9, 4-1 ECC) in the victory and Darian Jenkins added 17 points, as the two dominated much of the contest. The story for the Pioneers in the win, however, was the performances of Hunter Powell and Aary Bibens.

Powell was a perfect 4-for-4 from the field in 14 minutes of play and finished the game with 12 points. Bibens, meanwhile, added 12 points and 14 rebounds as the Knights had no response for him in the low blocks. As a team, LIU Post shot 42 percent (25-of-59) from the field and hit 11 three-pointers in 31 tries for a 35.5 percent clip from beyond the arc.

The Queens College men and women returned to the hardwood on Wednesday to host Mercy College in a double-header at Fitzgerald Gymnasium in Flushing. Tip-off for the first game is 5:30 p.m.
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