Warwick, R.I. – December 19, 2014: The CCRI Knights men’s basketball team travelled to New Haven, CT to take on the Lions of Gateway Community College Thursday evening for a Region XXI non-league game. The Knights defeated the Lions 107-83. With the win the Knights record improves to 9-5 overall and 9-1 in Region XXI play.
The Knights took over the game with their full court pressure defense and transition offense mid- way through the first half, putting together a 7-0 run over a one minute 22 second span with 12:22 left in the first half. The Knights then closed-out the half up 16 points with the score 52-36. The second half saw more of the same as CCRI’s zone defense caused the Lions to take quick outside shots which led to more fast break opportunities for the Knights. The Knights took advantage of those opportunities to score 60 points in the paint!
Four Knights scored in double-figures led by Tri-Captain Anthony Jernigan’s (East Hartford, CT) double-double consisting of 25 points and 12 assists while adding three steals, Tri-Captain Jerome Harris (Hartford, CT) added 19 points, including three 3-pointers with six rebounds, three steals and two assists. Also helping the Knights was Tri-Captain Malieke Young (Providence, RI) with 13 points, also with three 3-pointers with eight rebounds, four assists and two steals. Rounding out the CCRI attack was freshman guard Marshall Nelson (Perth, Australia) chipped in with 13 points with an additional three 3-pointers eight rebounds and two assists while freshman center Grant Gillis (Jamestown, RI) scored eight points while ripping down 10 rebounds.
After the contest Head Coach Rick Harris commented: "This was a nice way to end before the holiday break. The team has been working hard at practice and the results were evident tonight. Our zone defense was tough and that led to a very impressive transition game for us."
The next games for the Knights will be on their Florida road trip where they will challenge two top-flight NJCAA Division I Florida programs. On Wednesday December 31st they will be in Palm Beach to take on the Panthers of Palm Beach State at 1pm and Friday January 2nd they will travel to Miami to face the Sharks of Miami-Dade 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.