Warwick, R.I. – December 3, 2014: The CCRI men's basketball team traveled to Brockton, MA to take on the Warriors of Massasoit Community College in a Region XXI league showdown. The Warriors defeated the Knights 74-67 to raise their record to 3-6 in Region XXI and 1-1 in the league. With the loss the Knights' record drops to 6-3 overall and 6-1 in Region XXI and 1-1 in their league of Division II Region XXI.
The Knights took a 42-35 lead into halftime by playing great team basketball in the first half. The Warriors hot shooting in the second half erased a seven point half time deficit as they took their first lead of the game 57-55 with 10 minutes left to play. Both teams battled hard for the remainder of the game as the lead never got above three points for Massasoit. A couple of key turnovers hurt the Knights chances of taking the lead and forced them to have to foul. Massasoit hit their free throws to secure the win.
Leading the way for CCRI was Co-Captain Malieke Young (Providence, RI) with 21 points including a game-high five three pointers with two assists and three rebounds. Young was helped by freshman Marshall Nelson (Perth, Australia) who scored 18 points including four 3-pointers with two assists while Co-Captain Anthony Jernigan (East Hartford, CT) added 10 points, four assist and three steals for the Knights.
After the game Head Coach Rick Harris commented: "We always expect our opponents to play their best game against us and tonight Massasoit did just that. We played pretty good team basketball in the first half but didn't get the ball inside like we wanted to in the second half and that hurt us. Credit Massasoit's FT shooting too! They were patient on offense and got good looks at the basket on most possessions."
The next game for the Knights will be when they travel to Long Island City, NY on Saturday December 6th to play LaGuardia Community College at 2pm.
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.