Warwick, RI- February 19, 2015: The CCRI men's basketball team traveled to Franklin, MA to take on the Bulldogs of Dean College in a Region XXI matchup. This was the Knights biggest game to date as they were playing for the chance to host the Region XXI tournament. The Knights played hard but they struggled on the offensive end all game and eventually fell to Dean, 77-63. With the loss the Knights drop to 12-13 overall and 9-2 in Region XXI play.
Dean got out to a quick lead but the Knights tied the score at 14 with 12:29 to play in the first half. Dean's defensive intensity made the Knights work for every shot for the remainder of the half as Dean took a 41-32 lead into half time. The Bulldogs came out an increased their half time lead to 12 at 57-45 with 12 minutes to go in the game but CCRI tightened up their defense and made a run to cut the lead to 1 at 60-59 with 5:53 to play. But that's where Dean started their 17-4 run to finish the game.
CCRI was led by starting big man Grant Gillis (Jamestown, RI) who had another double-double with 14 points and 12 boards, while also blocking four shots. Tri-Captain Anthony Jernigan (East Hartford, CT) finished with 11 points while making 9-12 from the charity stripe. Marshall Nelson (Perth, Australia) chipped in with a solid nine points and seven boards while also knocking down two 3-pointers. Sam Joseph (Brooklyn, NY) also chipped in with three of the teams 10 blocked shots for the game. The Knights finished the game shooting 77.8% (21-27) from the free throw line, but were plagued by 25 turnovers and only shooting 32.8% from the field.
After the game Head Coach Rick Harris noted: "We have to give credit to Dean on a strong defensive effort. They made us work for every shot we got and were very aggressive all over the court. Our team played hard and did a great job battling back to close the lead to a point, but we couldn't get over the hump."
The Knights host Navy Prep from Newport, RI on Monday evening at 5:30pm. The game will be the Men's Basketball Sophomore Night and the final time the sophomores play on the Vincent Cullen Fieldhouse floor as Knights!
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.