Mercy Men's Basketball Falls to Queens 80-62
The Mercy College men’s basketball team held tough, but finally succumbed to Queens College 80-62 on Wednesday night. Queens, who sits atop the East Coast Conference, is now 11-4 on the season, and 8-2 in the ECC, while Mercy is 0-15, 0-10 ECC.
After Queens scored the game’s first points on a Khalil McDonald layup, Mercy responded with back-to-back baskets by sophomore LeBrandon Smith (Jamaica, N.Y./Archbishop Molloy) and senior Manny Garcia (Bronx, N.Y./Cardinal Spellman). A free throw by junior Kortney Parker (Mt. Vernon, N.Y./Mt. Vernon) gave Mercy a four-point lead at 7-3 with 16:41 left in the first half. A minute later, Garcia would hit a three-pointer to build a five-point lead at 10-5. A 15-2 Queens run would give the Knights a 20-12 lead at the 10:41 mark.
But the Mavericks came roaring back. After Queens built the lead up to nine points, to lead 25-16, Mercy scored seven straight points, punctuated by five consecutive points for freshman Chaz Morrish (Douglaston, N.Y./St. Mary’s).
With the lead now just two points at 25-23, Queens would go on a 9-0 run, which was part of a larger 15-2 run, to cement the game. Queens would lead by 17 at the half, 45-28. The Knights led by as many as 26 points in the second half.
For the game, all five Queens starters scored in double figures, led by McDonald. His 19 points was matched by Mercy senior Ed Wilson (Bronx, N.Y./Msgr. Scanlan).
Mercy returns to action on Saturday, January 22, at St. Thomas Aquinas at 3:00 p.m.