The CCRI Knights men’s basketball team traveled to Selden, NY to take on the Sharks of Suffolk County Community College on Sunday. The Sharks are a top 20 Division III squad that used a strong inside game to defeat CCRI 71-50. With the loss the Knights’ record drops to 16-9 on the season. Suffolk improves to 11-4 with the victory.
The Knights shot poorly from the field hitting only 38% overall combined with being only 13% (2-15) from beyond the 3-point arc. The Sharks ran off a 16-2 run at the 10:50 mark of the first half and went into half time with a 34-21 lead. CCRI was able to cut the lead to eight points several times in the second half but that is as close as they would get. Missed shots and turnovers kept the Knights from getting any closer as they eventually fell by the final score of 71-50.
The Knights were led by Co-Captain Pat Marchand's (Cranston, RI) 17 points and nine rebounds. Marchand was helped in the scoring column by Co-Captain Anthony Henry (Danbury, CT) who scored 10 points while ripping-down nine boards and Malieke Young (Providence, RI) added eight points including two 3-pointers.
After the game Head Coach Rick Harris commented: "This weekend was a great opportunity for several of our players to get extra playing time with four teammates unable to play. Although we may have failed the quiz we hope the experience gained will help us pass the test!"
The Knights will have a little bit of time to get back to their winning ways and in the meantime they will have two scrimmages next week to sharpen-up their skills. On Wednesday they will host Navy Prep for a scrimmage at 6:00pm and Saturday they will host Army Prep for a scrimmage at 2:00pm. Their next official game is Tuesday February 4th when they travel to Framingham, MA to play Mass Bay Community College for a Region XXI non-league game.
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.