Warwick, R.I. – January 26, 2015: The CCRI Knights hosted the Sharks of Suffolk County Community College Saturday from Selden, NY to the Vincent A. Cullen Fieldhouse. The Sharks pulled out a 97-91 victory in overtime. With the loss CCRI's record falls to 11-10 on the season.
Suffolk Guard Vincent Abbondola hit five 3-pointers in the first half to lead the Sharks with 19 first half points giving Suffolk a 45-38 halftime lead. Suffolk increased their lead to 15 points, 54-39 just two minutes into the second half. The Knights would not just roll over and let Suffolk run away with this game as they battled back to close within one point 79-78 on a 3-pointer by Tri-Captain Malieke Young (Providence, RI) with 2:45 left in regulation. Suffolk was leading by two points 84-82 with under 10 seconds left Knights' Tri-Captain Jerome Harris (Hartford, CT) launched a 3-pointer to win the game that got ¾ of the way in before rimming out but fortunately for the Knights was tipped in by Jordan Grant (Ledyard, CT) with 6.8 seconds left tied the score 84-84 to send the game into overtime.
During the overtime period Suffolk scored the first basket but the Knights answered with a 3-pointer by Malieke young to take an 87-86 lead, the Knights' only lead of the game. The Sharks John Peloso hit a 3-pointer to put the Sharks up 89-87. The Knights couldn't cash in on a couple of scoring opportunities and were forced to foul. The Sharks went 6-6 from the free throw line to seal the victory.
Leading the way for the Knights was Tri-Captain Malieke Young with 20 points including six 3-pointers and eight rebounds, Tri-Captain Anthony Jernigan (East Hartford, CT) added a double-double with 18 points and 11 assists. Freshman Center Grant Gillis (Jamestown, RI) chipped-in with a double-double of his own with 14 points while ripping down a team-high 12 boards and adding four blocked shots freshman guard CJ White (Danbury, CT) scored 13 points including three 3-pointers with three assists, Jordan Grant added 12 points and eight points and Tri-Captain Jerome Harris (Hartford, CT) chipped in with 11 points and five boards.
After the game Head Coach Rick Harris commented, "Our team gave a great effort to get back into the game and force overtime. But the old adage that free throws win games certainly was true today as we missed some critical ones and Suffolk hit most of theirs. We have no time to dwell on the loss as we have another game to play tomorrow as we host Nassau Co. CC tomorrow afternoon. We'll work hard to play our best game of the season tomorrow."
The Knights will face the Lions of Nassau Community College from Garden City, NY Sunday at 1:00pm.
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.