02.05.13: The CCRI Knights men’s basketball team traveled to Springfield, MA to play the Rams of Springfield Technical Community College for a Region XXI non-league game. CCRI defeated the Rams 95-54. With the victory, the Knights improve top 16-10 overall and 9-2 in Region XXI play.
After jumping out to a 19-4 lead within the first five minutes of the game which they extended to 42-25 by halftime. The Knights exploded with a 13-0 run to start the second half and never looked back outscoring the Rams 53-29 in the second stanza to cruise to the 95-54 victory.
All 12 Knights’ players got into the scoring column as the Knights rolled over the Rams of STCC. The Knights got hot outside shooting form their back court: Tri-Captain Desmond Williams (Torrington, CT) scored 25 points including three 3-pointers with eight rebounds, three blocked shots, three assist, and two steals and Jerome Harris (Hartford, CT) added 18 points including four 3-pointers with five rebounds, two assists, and a blocked shot. The Knights had a strong inside power play from Tri-Captain Isaac Medeiros with 16 points, nine rebounds two steals and a blocked shot, floor general and Tri-Captain Bryan Yarce (Cranston, RI) had seven points while dishing out a game-high eight assists and swiped two steals and Rob Hazard (North Providence, RI) got the start and added nine points, including two 3-pointers. As a team, the Knights shot 42% from 3-pointland on 10-24 shooting from beyond the arc.
After the game Coach Rick Harris commented: "Nice team effort tonight. We played with urgency and passion and got a little bit better tonight as a team. The young men understand the importance of each practice and game at this point in the season. We want to make sure we do all we can to become the best team that we are capable of being. Most importantly tonight they had fun together and it was nice to see each of our players score. A coach cannot ask for more team play than that!"
The Community College of Rhode Island, New England’s largest comprehensive community college, enrolls nearly 18,000 students in credit courses and thousands more in non-credit and job training classes. Its athletic program boasts 12 varsity programs and an academic support program for all student-athletes.