Warwick, R.I. – January 26, 2015: The CCRI Knights hosted the Lions of Nassau Community College from Garden City, NY to the Vincent Cullen Fieldhouse on Sunday afternoon. The Knights lost a hard fought game with the Lions 72-62. With the loss the Knights record drops to 11-11 on the season.
Nassau closed out the game with a 12-2 run in the last three minutes to seal the victory. CCRI played great zone defense in the first half as they held Nassau who averages 72 points a game to just 25 first half points to take a 30-25 lead into the break. As the second half began both teams played evenly with the Lions closing lead to just two points 33-31 with 18:30 to go. There were several ties with neither team taking more than a four point lead in the second half. The game was tied at 60-60 with 3:25 left. Nassau made their final 12-2 run putting back second-chance shots and forcing the Knights out their rhythm on offense. Nassau went on to win by the final score of 72-62.
CCRI was led by Grant Gillis (Jamestown, RI) who scored a team-high 14 points with nine rebounds followed by Tri-Captain Malieke Young (Providence, RI) who scored 13 points including two 3-pointers and hauled in six boards. Tri-Captain Jerome Harris (Hartford, CT) also played very well contributing 12 points, six rebounds and five assists, Jordan Grant (Ledyard, CT) came off the bench to score nine points and grab four rebounds and Mahda Brewah (Dover, DE) added eight points and eight rebounds with three assists.
After the game Head Coach Rick Harris commented: "We played a good game for 37 minutes. We have to get better at closing out games by executing basis, fundamental plays and staying within ourselves. We're not far away from being an excellent team and as long as everyone is willing to put in the work I'm confident that we'll get there".
The Knights host Region XXI rival Massasoit Community College form Brockton, MA Wednesday evening at 7:00pm in and critical Region XXI showdown.
The Community College of Rhode Island, New England's largest comprehensive community college, enrolls 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.