01.13.13: The CCRI Knights men’s basketball team took on another DI opponent in the high-powered Mustangs of Monroe College form New Rochelle, NY at the Vincent A. Cullen Fieldhouse on Sunday as they concluded the 2013 CCRI Invitational Tournament. The Knights fell to the Mustangs 75-59. With the loss the Knights fall to 11-8 on the season and the Mustangs improve to 18-3.
The Knights were able to stay within striking distance of the visiting Mustangs but Monroe's superior size was ultimately too much to overcome. Monroe's up-tempo game plan lead them to leads of up to 13 points in the first half but CCRI always found a way to make a run of their own. Monroe took a 12 point lead into halftime with the score 37-25. They extended that lead to 19 points, 56-37 with 11 minutes left in the game. From there, CCRI used full-court pressure to create transition scoring opportunities to get the lead down to eight points, 65-58 with just five minutes remaining. But that is as close as they would get. The final score was 75-59 which was not indicative of how close the game actually was.
CCRI was led by its four Sophomore Captains: Desmond Williams (Torrington, CT) scored 18 points and grabbed four rebounds, Isaac Medeiros (Johnston, RI) scored 16 points and grabbed nine rebounds. Bryan Yarce (Cranston, RI) scored 11 points with five assists and three steals and Steven Bevilacqua (Exeter, RI) scored six points on two long-range 3-pointers.
Head Coach Rick Harris commented after the game “We played a very good DI team tough today. Our intensity was good on both ends of the floor. Games like these against high caliber opponents are scheduled to get our team battle tested for the Region XXI tournament and beyond. Overall this was a good tournament for our team and now it's on To the next game.”
The Knights will face the Wyverns of Quinsigamond Community College form Worcester, MA in a Region XXI non-league game Tuesday at 7:00pm at the Vincent A. Cullen Fieldhouse in Warwick.
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.