Warwick, R.I. – February 23, 2015: The CCRI Knights men's basketball team hosted the Buccaneers of Mass Bay Community College Wellesley Hills, MA to the Vincent A. Cullen Fieldhouse on Saturday. The Knights dominated the game from the opening tip until the final buzzer to win by the final count of 98-47. With the victory the Knights improve to 13-13 overall and 10-2 in Region XXI play. Saturday was also 2015 men's basketball sophomore day where they honored their six sophomores who were playing in their final weekend game for the Knights. The honorees were: Keshaun Cothran (New Haven, CT), Johnson Weah (Monrovia, Liberia) Austin Gagan (Coventry, RI), Tri-Captain Jerome Harris (Hartford, CT), Tri-Captain Malieke Young (Providence, RI), and Tri-Captain Anthony Jernigan (East Hartford, CT).
CCRI jumped out early and never looked back as the defeated the Bucs 98-49. The Knights defense stymied Mass Bay and their transition offense ran the fast break to perfection as they took a commanding 56-23 lead into half time. CCRI came out of the gate quickly again in the second half to start the half with a 10-0 run. From there, Head Coach Rick Harris went to his bench early to give several of the players some well-deserved playing time. All 14 Knights got into the game and 13 players made it to the scoring column.
Leading the way was sophomore Tri-Captain Anthony Jernigan with a double-double consisting of 21 points with 10 assists, sophomore Tri-Captain Malieke Young hit for 11 points including three 3-pointers with four assist and sophomore Tri-Captain Jerome Harris added nine points with a 3-pointer and two steals. Sophomores Austin Gagan and Johnson Weah added six points apiece while sophomore Keshaun Cothran added three points including a rim-rattling fast-break dunk. Freshmen Marshall Nelson (Perth, Australia) added 11 points with three 3-pointers and freshman forward Mahda Brewah (Dover, DE) added five points and hauled in a team-high nine rebounds.
After the game Coach Harris commented," This was our best effort of the year. We played well in every facet of the game. It was a great way to send our sophomores off on Sophomore Day."
The next game for the Knights will be tonight when they will host the Rams of the Naval Academy Preparatory School from Newport, RI at 5:30pm at the Vincent A. Cullen Fieldhouse.
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.