11.17.12: The CCRI Knights men’s basketball team traveled to New Rochelle, NY to compete in the Monroe Classic over the weekend. On Saturday they faced the hosting DI power Mustangs of Monroe College. The Knights fell to the Mustangs 78-57. With the loss the Knights fall to 1-2 on the season.
Monroe utilized their superior size and athleticism to set the tone early in the contest and never really looked back. Monroe’s size advantage led to 14 blocked shots and in turn easy finishes for their other offense. The Mustangs took a commanding 45-21 lead into halftime over the Knights. The knights were able to play the Mustangs evenly in the second half 33-33 but never really cut into their lead as the Mustangs would go on to win 78-57.
Leading the way for the Knights was sophomore Co-Captain Isaac Medeiros (Johnston, RI) with a double-double consisting of 11 points and 10 rebounds and sophomore Co-Captain point guard Bryan Yarce (Cranston, RI) added 11 points, five assists, and five rebounds. Rounding out the Knights’ attack was Jerome Harris (Hartford, CT) with nine points and three assist and Co-Captain Steve Bevilacqua (Exeter, RI) added seven points and two steals.
Head Coach Rick Harris commented after the game “Today we were just outmatched against a more talented DI opponent. Monroe controlled the pace of the game with their shot blocking and athletic offensive finishers. It took us too long to adjust, though I was proud of our effort and refocused play in the second half.”
The Knights will be back in action on Sunday in the Monroe Classic when they will face the Challengers of Cuyahoga Community College at 1:00pm.
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.