Warwick, R.I. – January 5, 2015: The CCRI Knights men's basketball team continued on their Florida road trip by traveling to Miami to play the very potent Division I Sharks of Miami-Dade College. The Knights lost to the Sharks 75-49. With the loss the Knights drop to 9-7 on the season.
The Sharks jumped out to a quick 12-0 lead but the Knights did everything they could to stay with the very athletics and very tall Sharks squad but Dade kept the lead around 10 points for most of the first half. In the second half the Sharks extended their lead to 20 points and never looked back as they went on to win by the final score of 74-49.
Leading the way for the Knights was Jordan Grant (Ledyard, CT) with six points and a team-high eight rebounds and Grant Gillis (Jamestown, RI) with six points and two rebounds. Also helping CCRI was Tri-Captain Jerome Harris (Hartford, CT) with five points and four rebounds and Tri-Captain Malieke Young (Providence, RI) and freshman Mike DeJesus (Cranston, RI) each added six points with two 3-pointers apiece.
To round out the Florida trip the Knights traveled to Johnson & Wales of North Miami and lost to the Wildcats 82-76 in a scrimmage. The Wildcats are coached by former West Warwick and CCRI standout David Graham.
J&W jumped out to an early 9-0 lead, but this was a hotly contested game with the score even 42-42 at halftime. In the second half continued to play even with the score tied 78-78 with 45 seconds remaining. The Knights missed a layup to go ahead which the Wildcats capitalized on to bring home the victory.
Co-Captain Malieke Young (Providence, RI) led The Knights with 21 points including five 3-pointers followed by Marshall Nelson (Perth, Australia) added 16 points and Grant Gillis turned in his third solid game of the trip with 13 points and eight rebounds.
According to Head Coach Rick Harris "This was a great trip for our team, especially the 80 degree weather! This trip helped our team develop its mental toughness as well as their continued development of team play. This will hopefully set the tone for the second half of our season."
The next games for the Knights will be this weekend when they host the 2015 CCRI Invitational. On Saturday they will face the Vikings of Mercer County CC at 7pm and Sunday they will face Division I powerhouse Mustangs of Monroe College at 6pm.
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.