Queens (2-11) held an early 4-2 lead in the first minute-and-a-half of play on back-to-back buckets by Jelani Williams and Dwayne Henry, Jr.
Southern Connecticut (8-5) then went on an 11-0 run, as the spurt was kick-started by a thunderous left-handed dunk by Ulyen Coleman. The Owls took a double-digit lead with thirteen minutes remaining in the first half on a Mekhi Warren lay-up as the hosts built up a 17-6 lead.
QC was held to an 8-for-26 (31 percent) mark from the field in the opening half, as Williams led the Knights with eight points, but Southern Connecticut took a 36-23 lead into the halftime break.
Down 42-27 in the second half, the Knights charged back on a 17-7 run as Shomari Redd and Elijah Bovell led a charge that brought the Knights to within a five-point deficit at 49-44 at the midway point of the second half.
A three-pointer by Kealan Ives, however, put SCSU up by eight points on the ensuing possession following Redd’s bucket.
Queens kept it close as Bovell hit a three-pointer with eight minutes remaining to bring the Knights within a 54-47 deficit, but the shots stopped falling for both teams as Southern Connecticut put the game away on defense.
Williams led the Knights with a 13-point performance to go along with four rebounds and a 5-for-8 shooting effort in the loss. Bovell added nine points off the bench for Queens with Evan Goldberg and Jordan Curtis grabbing five rebounds apiece. Queens shot just 21-for-60 (35 percent) from the floor in the contest, hitting only two three-point attempts throughout the two halves.
Isaiah McLeod’s game-high 19 points led Southern Connecticut, as Luke Beesley contributed a double-double for the Owls with 13 points and 10 boards.
Queens will open the new year on January 5 with a contest at Merrimack College at 3 p.m.