WINGATE Wingate’s 80-63 men’s basketball victory over the Queens Royals on Wednesday night at Cuddy Arena was a sudden change in direction for both South Atlantic Conference teams.
The Bulldogs (9-4, 6-3), led by 23 points from junior guard Ryan Daye and 19 from freshman forward Josh Dominguez, snapped a three-game losing streak with its first victory of the new year.
Senior forward Jeff Parker scored nine points and pulled down a career-high 20 rebounds for Wingate.
The visiting Royals (7-6, 5-4), who had won four straight, lost for the first time in 2014.
“We played like a team that was pretty desperate to win a game,” said Wingate coach Brian Good, whose team emerged from a back-and-forth first 10 minutes with the lead and never gave it up after that. “We had a little more passion to what we were doing tonight.”
Sophomore guard Joby Glymph scored 11 points and Jarrett Stokes and Josh Clyburn added 10 points each for the Royals, who traded the lead with Wingate five times in the first half.
The Bulldogs took the lead for good at 18-16 on freshman guard Austin Crown’s layup with 10 minutes and 36 seconds left before halftime.
Queens stayed close for the rest of the half, trailing 39-34 at the break. But Wingate opened the second half on an 11-1 run, and the Royals went without a field goal for just over seven minutes before Clyburn’s inside basket made it 55-39 with 12 37 to play.
Wingate’s largest lead was 79-53 on a three-pointer by Daye, who scored all but five of his points in the second half, with 2 1/2 minutes left.
“We didn’t match their intensity and we didn’t play together the way we’ve been playing,” Queens coach Bart Lundy said. “I didn’t think we had a lot of offensive flow, and we put ourselves in positions on the court that we haven’t been putting ourselves in. But give them a lot of credit for that.”
The Bulldogs carved out a 47-36 rebound advantage, led by Parker’s career night.
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