CHARLOTTE, N.C. (January 19, 2006) — The Royals defeat the Coker Cobras despite their two recent back-to-back losses to cross-town rivals Pfeiffer University (82-97) and Barton College (71-81) who is currently ranked third in the region. Queens improves their record to 4-3 in CVAC play, 10-4 overall, and is currently ranked 9th in the NCAA Division II East Region. Coker leaves the match 1-6 in CVAC play and 2-11 overall.
Despite their previous losses, the match between the Queens University of Charlotte men’s basketball team and the Coker College Cobras opened with a reminder of
The Royals began the bout against the Cobras in the Oven on fire as junior Chris Jones scored the first two points of the game which he followed with a steal and an assist to junior guard Shamoni Faulkner. The quick start had the Royals believing that their two-game losing streak was over. But the Cobras lashed back at the Royals with a defensive effort that refused to allow the Royals to further penetrate the paint. The Royals were forced to settle for poor outside shots that led to key possessions that Coker converted into points.
Conversely, the Cobras sought out the 3 and did not hesitate to launch from anywhere beyond the arc. Coker ended the half 4-9 from 3-point land. Not only did the Cobras knock down threes they were also able to dominate the offensive boards creating additional opportunities.
With three minutes remaining in the half, the Royals responded with a surge that began with a dunk by Chris Jones, followed by 2 more points by Esau Eatman in the lane, and capped off by a 3-pointer from Timon Farley. The Cobras answered with 2 points, but Eatman would end the half with a deuce that put the Royals within 2 points (28-30).
A key 3-point shot by senior guard Timon Farley put the Royals up by five with remaining in the game. Posts Esau Eatman and guard Chris Jones continued to penetrate the lane opening up three-point opportunities for Farley for the remainder of the game.
The Royals beat the Cobras 70-57. The victory was sealed by a dunk by Chris Jones on a fast-break. Timon Farley led
The Cobras were led by Johnny Jackson (12 points, 4 rebounds), Ryan Fulwood (11 points) and Michael Pierce (13 points, 5 rebounds).
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