The CCRI Knights men's basketball team completed a successful weekend of play at the Roxbury Community College Invitational Tip-Off Tournament on Sunday as they defeated the Spartans of Cayuga Community College of Auburn, NY 82-75. With the victory the Knights are 2-0 overall to start the young season and 1-0 in Region XXI play.
CCRI was able to pull away to an 11 point lead 50-39 at halftime after a closely played first half. Despite the Knights eight 3-pointers in the half Cayuga was able to keep the game close. Defensive intensity increased in the second half as the Knights were able keep the Spartans from making runs of more than six points at a time. CCRI kept their lead of six to eight points throughout the second half by hitting key baskets and clutch free throws. The Knights had four players score double digits led by Sophomore Anthony Henry (Danbury, CT) who charted a double-double scoring 26 points including three 3-pointers with 11 rebounds with two steals a block and an assist. Henry was followed by Sophomore Pat Marchand (Cranston RI) who had 14 points and freshman Anthony Jernigan (East Hartford Ct) with 14 points including three 3-pointers while dishing out nine assists and freshman Robert Skinner (Winsted, CT) added 13 points.
After the game Head Coach Rick Harris commented: "Nice start to our season as all team members contributed in the two wins. Our team showed tremendous potential as long as we all work to get better each day and we all do our individual jobs. We will take this weekend and work hard to build on it.”
The Knights have their home opener this Tuesday November 5th at 6:00pm when they will host the Knights of Northern Essex Community College from Haverhill, MA. At the Vincent A. Cullen Fieldhouse located on the CCRI Knights Campus 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.