Royals cut down the nets: A season in review

 

This season for the Queens men’s basketball team has certainly been a memorable one. This Royals, who finished the season with a 30-4 record, were able to capture a SAC regular season title, their first ever SAC tournament title, and got to host the Southeast region’s bracket in the NCAA DII tournament, where they lost in the regional final to the Lincoln Memorial Railsplitters. The Royals started the season beating DI VCU, a team that is now in the NCAA DI tournament, in an exhibition match and then carried the momentum from that win into their first 16 games of the season, beginning the season 16-0. The team won their first game against Lincoln Memorial University, a team that beat them in all three matchups last season on their way to becoming national runner-ups,  in a thrilling overtime game that ended 103-101. Queens would lose at the Railsplitters’ home court before playing them again in the SAC tournament championship game, in which Queens took a 75-72 win for their first ever SAC tournament title. After the Royals were defeated by the Railsplitters in the Southeast regional tournament Tuesday night, Queens ended the season 2-2 against LMU, certainly an improvement from the 0-3 record Queens sustained against them last season. The only other defeats suffered by the Royals this season were two regular season losses to Wingate University, but Queens turned their performance against the Bulldogs around when tournament time came, beating Wingate in both the SAC tournament and the NCAA regional tournament.

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