The Warriors, who were among the Elite Eight in last year’s Division II NCAA Tournament, scored a 74-58 victory at Koehler Fieldhouse in Pennsylvania.
Josh Williams scored the first and last baskets of that ten-point opening spurt for ESU (3-2), as Queens College (0-6) had four missed shots and four turnovers in its eight starting possessions of the contest.
The Knights broke through on an Elijah Bovell lay-up out of the first media timeout but the Warriors’ Michal Weiss responded with a bucket of his own to give the hosts a 12-2 lead.
Elijah Bovell would collect eight of QC’s first ten points in the game with the Knights getting within a four-point deficit at 20-16 just after the midway point of the first half.
Unfortunately for the Knights, ESU went on a 15-4 run over the next five minutes of play which keyed the Warriors to a 42-26 lead at the break.
Queens College failed to threaten the defending Atlantic Region champions through the rest of the second half.
Bovell led the Knights with 16 points and seven rebounds in the effort. The sophomore shot 7-for-17 from the floor in the contest and added two steals, an assist and a block.
Queens shot 37 percent (22-of-59) from the floor and ended up out-rebounding the Warriors by a 49-44 margin. However, the Knights also committed 28 turnovers in the contest, which were turned into 33 ESU points.
Queens College will continue its season-opening road-trip on Friday with a 7 p.m. showdown against Concordia in Bronxville.