01.19.13: Warwick, R.I. – January 21, 2012: The CCRI Knights traveled to the Bronx NY to take on Division I Knights of Globe Institute. The Knights of CCRI came away with a thrilling 96-94 victory. With the victory CCRI improves to 13-8 on the season.
The game was a tight match-up between two athletic, high-scoring teams. CCRI used their full court pressure defense and a couple of 3-point bombs by Sophomore Co-Captain Steve Bevilacqua (Exeter, RI) to pull away to a 44-38 half time lead. The second half was truly a great half of basketball to watch as the teams stayed within six points of each other the entire half. CCRI's trio of Bevilacqua and Sophomore Co-Captains Desmond Williams (Torrington, CT) and Bryan Yarce (Cranston, RI) traded baskets with Globe's outside scoring tandem of Tom Moore and Devon Walker on each possession. CCRI scored on a put back layup by Freshman Pat Marchand (Cranston, RI) to go ahead 96-92 with 10 seconds left in the game but fouled Globe’s Tim Jackson on a 3-point attempt with 5.9 seconds on the clock. Jackson hit two of three free throws to bring the lead to two points at 96-94. CCRI was fouled on their final possession but missed both free throws. CCRI led by two points with 3.5 seconds on the game clock the Knights forced a missed Globe's desperation last second shot to secure the victory. CCRI's win was their first this season over a Division I opponent. The Knights have arguably the toughest NJCAA DII schedule in the country with seven Division I teams on it.
CCRI was led by its four Sophomore Co-Captains. Desmond Williams scored 31 points with seven rebounds and five steals and Steve Bevilacqua scored a career-high 23 points including a career-high six long range 3-point bombs. The 31 points for Williams moves him into fifth place on the CCRI All-time scoring list with 1,077 career points ahead of Ken McDonald who scored 1,058. The other two Sophomore Co-Captains, Bryan Yarce scored 19 points and dished out a game-high nine assists, and Isaac Medeiros (Johnston, RI) charted a double-double scoring 12 points and ripping down 10 boards.
Head Coach Rick Harris commented after the big win "Unbelievable effort by our young men today. Gaucho's Gym has a rich history with names like Mark Jackson, Marbury, Pinckney, God Shamgod, Jamal Mashburn all having been former players in the Gaucho's program. I told our guys before the game that maybe today some of the rich history that has played in this gym would rub off on us, and it sure did. Our team and our sophomores followed Steve Bevilacqua’s unbelievable effort and performance to our best win of the season to this point. They should all be so proud for overcoming the odds to beat a strong Division I team on the road. A total team effort gave them the opportunity to do just that. We will enjoy it for a day or so and get back to work as we prepare for DIII No. 2 ranked in the country Roxbury on Thursday."
The Knights host Roxbury Community College form Roxbury, MA Thursday night at 7:00pm at the Vincent A. Cullen Fieldhouse. The game can also be seen on Cox On Demand throughout the month.
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.