Warwick, R.I. – December 15, 2014: The CCRI men's basketball team traveled to Genesee Community College in Batavia, NY to compete in the Genesee Cougar Holiday Classic. In their first contest the Knights took on the 6-1 Cougars of Genesee. The Knights lost to the Cougars 93-55. With the loss the Knights fall to 7-5 on the season.
The Cougars superior size and athleticism was too much for the Knights to handle, especially without one of their big men, 6-8 center Grant Gillis (Jamestown, RI) who did not make the trip north. Genesee came out strong to take a 12 point lead after only six minutes of play scoring mostly in close on high percentage shots or on easy put backs. The Knights got the lead down to nine points a couple of times with three minutes to play in the half but a late surge extended the Cougar lead to 15 points at half time with the score 45-30. Unfortunately for the Knights that is as close as they would get as CCRI started the second half with a six minute scoring drought and the Cougars put together a 14-5 run to raise their lead to 24 points with 12 minutes to go and they never looked back to win by the final count of 93-55.
The Knights were led by freshman Mahda Brewah (Dover, DE) who scored 11 points and hauled in nine rebounds. Brewah was helped by Tri-Captain Malieke Young (Providence, RI) who added eight points, seven rebounds and three assists and Tri-Captain Jerome Harris (Hartford, CT) added eight points with three rebounds.
After the game Head Coach Rick Harris commented: "We played a tough opponent tonight and in order to compete against them we needed to play a near perfect game. We did not. We need to improve our defense and do a better job of protecting the basket. Offensively we have to realize what our strengths are and play to them, not try and force shots that are not good shots. We'll have a chance to improve in those areas as we take on a good Niagara County team tomorrow."
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.