Domonic Josephs has season-high scoring output, but Queens tops men's basketball

Domonic Josephs corrals a loose ball during Wednesday's game against Queens.
Domonic Josephs corrals a loose ball during Wednesday's game against Queens.

OLD WESTBURY, N.Y. — Senior captain Domonic Josephs produced a season high for points. Unfortunately for the NYIT men's basketball team, the output came in a narrow defeat.

The Bears fought back from a sizable early deficit, but Queens prevailed 84-65 on Wednesday at Recreation Hall.

The teams had played a double-overtime thriller in Flushing on Jan. 3. This time, though, the Knights led throughout en route to snapping a seven-game losing streak and sweeping the season series from the Bears.

NYIT nonetheless made it exciting.

Queens had built a 22-5 lead on a pair of free throws from Dwayne Henry with 11 minutes, 42 seconds remaining in the first half. NYIT answered later in the period, chiseling its deficit to six points on a layup from Opong Bramble. But the Knights rebuilt a 17-point lead by halftime.

NYIT made another push in the second half, though, using a 9-0 run to cut its deficit to 45-38 and later clawing within three points.

Yet Queens ultimately led wire to wire as the Bears suffered their 10th straight defeat. NYIT dropped to 3-22 overall and 1-12 in the East Coast Conference.

Josephs had team highs with 18 points and nine rebounds. The scoring output came within two points of matching his career high — a 20-point game against LIU Post on Feb. 4, 2017.

Jeffrey Hayden contributed 17 points, six rebounds and three assists in Wednesday's loss. Kieran Hamilton had 11 points.