Queens University Holds off Trojans

ANDERSON, S.C. -- Queens University guard Andre Lockhart hit two free throws with 2:37 remaining in overtime to give the Royals a one-point lead and Queens held off the homestanding Trojans, 92-86, in Conference Carolinas men's basketball action Saturday afternoon at the Abney Athletic Center. Anderson, which entered the contest ranked 25th in the nation, suffered its first setback of the season, falling to 4-1 overall and 1-1 in the league, while Queens improved to 4-1 overall and 1-1. The potent Anderson offense that entered the contest averaging 96.5 points per game struggled to get on track early, misfiring on eight of its first 10 attempts from the field, and the Trojans connected on just two of their first six free throw attempts. Andersonís poor shooting enabled the Royals to gain a 21-10 advantage with 8:37 remaining in the first half. Queens still led by 11 points with less than four minutes on the clock when Anderson exploded on a 15-1 run that turned the 11 point deficit into a 34-31 lead at halftime. Junior Brandon Young triggered the rally with a 3-pointer from deep in the right corner. Kevis Cornwell dropped in four points during the outburst and sophomore Taylor Shugart and Oskars Ernsteins each added three points over the span and Young book-ended the rally with a layup inside the final 10 seconds. In a reversal from the first half, AU opened the second frame hot from the field, hitting four-of-six, including their first two 3-point attempts, and built a 46-36 lead with 16:38 remaining in regulation. The Trojans pushed out to a 63-52 cushion over the over the next seven minutes, equaling the largest lead by either team. But the visitors whittled away at AUís advantage and claimed their first lead since the 1:32 mark of the first half when guard Reggie Hopkins hit two free throws with 3:42 remaining. The lead changed hands six times over the final moments, with each squad bidding to outlast the other. Shuhgart collected an Ernsteinsí miss and stuck it in back in traffic to give Anderson its final lead in regulation, 72-71, with 46 ticks on the clock, but Lockhart answered with a layup on the other end to give Queens a one-point lead. The Royalsí Devon Seaford sent AUís Tony Anderson to the line with 32.7 seconds left and the 5-foot-11 guard hit one-of-two to knot the score for the fifth time of the contest. Following a pair of timeouts, Lockart put up the potential game-winner with three seconds on the clock, but Shugart got a hand on the ball and it rolled out of bounds as the horn sounded. Ernsteins opened the extra period by draining a 3-pointer from the right side, but it was the final lead of the night for AU, as the Royals pushed out to a six-point edge and hit 3-of-4 free throws in the final minute to hold off the Trojans. Andersonís shooting eye improved to 34.1 percent on the night, but the Trojans were out-rebounded 62-47. Young netted 20 points to lead six Trojans in double figures. Ernsteins added 13 points, while Cornwell also notched 13 points. Shugart recorded a double-double with 12 points and a game-high 12 rebounds and junior Trey Britton chipped in 11 points and eight boards. The Trojans have a week off for final exams, then close out their five-game homestand when UNC Pembroke invades the Abney Center on Saturday, Dec. 12. Tip-off is slated for 4 p.m. Game Stats
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