Gaels stop NCAA visitors

Gaels stop NCAA visitors

By Communications Staff

August 17, 2016


[Tanner Graham]
Tanner Graham of the Queen's Gaels lines up a shot against the Morgan State Bears during Tuesday night's game at the ARC. (Photo by Ian MacAlpine)

The Queen’s Gaels men’s basketball team kicked off their preseason preparations with a 76-74 victory over the NCAA's Morgan State Bears at the Athletics and Recreation Centre (ARC).

Sukhpreet Singh led the way for the Gaels with a game-high 28 points, while Tanner Graham worked his way to a double-double with 21 points and 11 rebounds. Vincent Wood went 4-for-5 from the three-point line for his 12 points.

Morgan State is a Division I school that plays in the Mid-East Athletic Conference of the NCAA. The Bears finished last year at 6-11 in the regular season and lost in the quarterfinals of the MEAC tournament.

With the hosts trailing by four points after the first quarter, Singh started to heat up, hitting from behind the arc three times, helping the Gaels to a 36-28 lead at the half.

Singh couldn't miss in the first five minutes of the third quarter, scoring 10 more points as the Gaels stretched the lead to 59-44 heading into the fourth quarter.

Morgan State wouldn't let the Gaels run away with it however, narrowing the gap to 72-69 with 42.9 seconds left. Down five with under 10 seconds left, Isiah Graves ran the length of the floor to hit a three-pointer and bring the score to 76-74. However, Queen's would control the ball for the remaining five seconds to earn the victory.

David Syfax had a double-double for Morgan State on 10 points and 13 rebounds, while Graves had a team-high 18 points for the Bears.