CHARLOTTE, N.C.- It was a dramatic finish for Queens (6-18/5-12 CC) in the home men’s basketball game against Conference Carolinas opponent Coker College (12-12/8-9 CC). The Royals came back from a 15 point deficit early in the second half and almost won the contest with a long three from Sean Eads.
The second half of the contest was all Queens when they started a 13-2 run two minutes into the second half. Queens was trailing by 15 to start the second period, but ended up behind by four with 12:33 to play.
For every basket Coker hit, trying to extend the lead back out, Queens had an answer, eventually taking the lead with a Daniel Bailey free throw, 49-48 (5:34).
Coker again tried to pull away, getting five out in front, but the Royals were able to sink free throws to keep themselves in the game. In the last 3:26 Queens hit 6-7 free throws.
Reggie Hopkins committed a foul and send Josh Poston to the line. Poston sank his two freebies giving Coker a four point advantage with just 32 seconds left.
On the turnaround Hopkins was wide open and swished a three, pulling Queens within one and 26 seconds to play.
Stevie Evans hit one of two free throws for the Cobras, allowing Patrick Fox to tie the game with a long field goal with seven ticks left to play.
Poston hit what would be the game-winning basket from the corner of the floor, 63-61.
Eads put up a three, nearly from mid court, and the ball ricocheted off the back of the rim and out.
Hopkins led the Royals with 21 points while Bailey led the team with seven rebounds.
Poston led all scorers with 23, connecting on 3-8 threes and was a perfect 4-4 from the line. As a team, Coker shot 92.3% from the line, missing just one shot.