Warwick, R.I. – December 11, 2014: The CCRI men's basketball team traveled to Springfield Technical Community College in Springfield, MA to take on the 7-2 Rams in a Region XXI non-league game. The Knights came away with a convincing 88-62 victory. With the victory the Knights improve to 7-4 overall and 7-1 in Region XXI.
After a sluggish start the Knights took their first lead of the game 31-30 on a three pointer by Tri-Captain Malieke Young (Providence, RI) with 1:48 left in the first half. A Springfield Tech buzzer beater at the end of the half gave the Rams a 35-34 lead going into halftime. CCRI came out on fire to start the second half as Marshall Nelson (Perth, Australia) buried a 3-pointer on their first possession of the second half. From there the Knights doubled the scoring output of the Rams in the second half 54-27 to pull away for the convincing 88-62 regional victory. CCRI utilized a tenacious man-to-man defense which stifled the Rams' shooters and caused them to take bad shots. CCRI was able to secure defensive rebounds on those shots to kick their transition game into high gear. The Knights closed-out the game with a 22-2 run to secure the 88-62 win.
Leading the way for CCRI was Tri-Captain Malieke Young with a game-high 19 points including five 3-pointers with five assists and five rebounds while Tri-Captain Anthony Jernigan (East Hartford, CT) scored 15 points while dishing out six assists five rebounds and three steals. Freshman Center Grant Gillis (Jamestown, RI) added 12 points with six rebounds, Marshall Nelson had 11 points while rip[ping down a game-high eight rebounds, and Tri-Captain Jerome Harris (Hartford, CT) added nine points, four assist and two steals.
After the game Head Coach Rick Harris commented: "This was a nice win for our team. It shows what we can do when we commit to playing tough defense and taking our time on offense. We shared the ball well tonight and oftentimes passed up open shots to find a teammate with a better shot. We will continue to work hard so that we can play this way the rest of the season."
The next games for the Knights will be this weekend when they travel to Batavia, NY to compete in the Genesee Community College Cougar Holiday Classic. Saturday the 13th the Knights will face the hosting Cougars of Genesee Community College at 8:00pm and Sunday the 14th the Knights will face Niagara County 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.