Queens (N.C.) moves past Limestone
AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Fourth-seeded Queens (N.C.) closed the game on a 19-6 run to rally for a 70-67 win against fifth-seeded Limestone in the quarterfinals of the NCAA Tournament Southeast Regional at Christenberry Fieldhouse.
Queens had the ball and a slim 68-67 lead when Preston Newlin missed a three-pointer with 10 seconds left, but Reggie Hopkins grabbed the biggest offensive rebound of the game and was fouled with 3.7 seconds on the clock. After Hopkins hit both free throws to make it 70-67, Queens broke up Limestone’s long inbounds pass and time expired.
Hopkins scored a game-high 19 points, Antonio Stabler scored 14 and Brent Evans pulled down nine rebounds for Queens (21-7), which advances to Sunday’s 7:30 p.m. semifinal against top-seeded Augusta State. Limestone (23-7) was led by Jarrell Douglass, who made just three of nine shots from the field but hit 12 of 14 from the free throw line for 18 points to go with his team-best seven rebounds.
Limestone opened its first double-digit lead when Michael Barrett grabbed an offensive rebound and hit a layup while being fouled. Barrett made the free throw to complete the three-point play and put the Saints up 61-51 with 9:16 to play.
Queens answered with a 17-3 run to turn the 10-point deficit into a 68-64 lead. Brandon Nichols’ layup cutting through the lane cut Limestone’s lead to 62-61, Hopkins tied it at 64 with a three-pointer and Stabler hit a layup with 2:45 remaining to give Queens its first lead of the second half, 66-64.
After a Limestone turnover, Queens stretched its lead to four. Evans missed a desperation three-point attempt with the shot clock expiring, but Stabler grabbed the offensive rebound and made a layup with 1:26 to play. A layup by Douglas cut Limestone’s deficit to 68-67 with 41 seconds remaining, but Queens held on for its third win in as many meetings with Limestone this season.
Hopkins scored 12 first-half points to spark Queens to a 38-28 lead, but a layup by Ashton Ford capped an 11-0 Limestone run to give the Saints a one-point lead at halftime.