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Queens, JCSU renew rivalry at Tip-Off Classic
No. 2 Royals have won last 4 in series
 
Published Saturday, November 18, 2017 12:53 am
by Herbert L. White

Queens will put its lofty national ranking on the line against CIAA opponents at Johnson C. Smith’s Tip-Off Classic.


The 3-0 Royals, ranked No. 2 in NCAA Division II, play Livingstone Friday at 7:30 and the 3-0 Golden Bulls Saturday at 4 p.m. in the first of two games between the rivals. JCSU leads the series 11-7, but Queens has won the last four games, including an 89-83 victory last year at Brayboy Gym.

Queens, which opened its season with wins against Georgia College and Clayton State, is led by forward Todd Withers, who averages 20.5 points and 7.0 rebounds per game, and Mike Davis, who averages 16.5 points and 8.0 boards per outing. The Royals, who average 85 points per game through the first two outings, are more proficient in three-point shooting (46.4 percent) than overall accuracy (44.7). JCSU, on the other hand, averages 80 points an outing on 49.1 percent shooting, including 39.1 beyond the arc.

Four Golden Bulls average double-figures, led by guard Robert Davis’ 24.0 points and 4.0 assists and forward Roddric Ross’ 16.0 points and 8.5 rebounds per outing. Wing Cayse Minor is off to a strong start with 15.0 points and 6.0 rebounds per game while guard Christian Kirchman averages 10 points and 5.5 rebounds.

A key matchup is at point guard, where Queens’ Ike Agusi (11 points per game on 7-of-16 shooting) squares off against Kirchman. The Royals have taken better care of the basketball early, with 36 assists against 17 turnovers in their first two games, while JCSU managed 30 assists against 33 miscues.

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