Another day, another game, another comeback.
The Queens Royals (18-2, 12-2 South Atlantic Conference) hit the midpoint of a stretch of six men’s basketball games in 13 days Monday night, winning another game in the style to which they probably don’t want to become accustomed.
No. 15-ranked Queens found a way out of an early deficit once again, overcoming a 10-point first-half lead by Anderson (5-15, 3-11) to take a 76-65 win at Curry Arena, the Royals’ fourth straight win.
“You really want to throw the first punch, but we keep coming back and finding a way to win,” said senior guard Marquis Rankin. “I really can’t explain it.”
The former Vance standout scored a game-high 23 points, and his outside shooting was part of the reason the Royals rallied to a 33-33 halftime tie.
Junior forward Daniel Camps scored 17 points; senior guard Rob Lewis added 11, and forward Todd Withers added 10 for Queens, which took the lead for good at 57-55 on a pair of free throws by Camps with 8:24 to play.
“Good teams make adjustments, and we played hard after getting off to a slow start,” said associate head coach Grant Leonard.
Three who mattered
Marquis Rankin, Queens: The only Royals player who didn’t struggle from behind the three-point arc. Made some clutch shots in a 4-for-7 night on threes.
Daniel Camps, Queens: His 19 rebounds (including 10 on the offensive boards) helped the Royals to a 40-30 rebound advantage. Queens rolled up most of that margin on the offensive boards, with a 21-12 advantage.
Tre Fields, Anderson: Led the Trojans with 15 points.
There are more scoring threats on the Queens roster this year than there were last year, and the Royals had to look for that kind of help Monday night when leading scorer Sean Morgan played only six scoreless minutes in the first half owing to foul trouble. He finished with four points.
“They guarded Sean 1-on-1 last year, and he had a field day,” Leonard said. “He was double-teamed for a lot of the game tonight, and it left our other shooters open. We couldn’t take advantage early and then started hitting some shots.”
They said it
“We had nine more field goal attempts and 10 more free throws than they did, and that came from attacking the rim. It’s a lot easier to win when you give yourself extra possessions.” – Leonard
Queens’ next game is at 8 p.m. Wednesday against Coker in Curry Arena. It’s the middle game of a three-game stretch against the teams at the bottom of the SAC standings.
“In our league, even those teams have some great players,” Leonard said. “When you’re where we are in the standings, everybody’s going to give you their best shot, so we just have to stay the course and do what we’ve been doing.”