Warwick, R.I. – January 2, 2015: The CCRI Knights men's basketball team has traveled to Florida during semester break to take on two very potent Division I men's basketball programs. In their first game the Knights faced the very talented 12-3 Panthers of Palm Beach State College. The Knights lost to the Panthers 82-69. With the loss the Knights fall to 9-6 on the season while the Panthers improve to 13-3.
The Knights fell behind the Panthers early 25-10 but were able to cut the lead to 10 points 31-21 before Palm Beach closed the half with a 15-0 run to take a 46-21 lead into the halftime break. In the second half the Knights played much better outscoring the Panthers 48-36 buoyed by making six 3-pointers but the lead was too much for the knights to overcome as they would eventually fall by the final score of 82-69.
Leading the way for the Knights was freshman center Grant Gillis (Jamestown, RI) scoring a team-high 13 points with four rebounds followed by Tri-Captain Malieke Young (Providence, RI) who scored 12 points, including three 3-pointers with three steals. Also helping CCRI was Samuel Joseph (Brooklyn, NY) who added nine points with two assists and a steal and Tri-Captain Anthony Jernigan (East Hartford, CT) dished-out a team-high five assists.
The Knights have New Year's Day off but are back in action Friday the 2nd when they will travel to Miami to take on the Sharks of Miami-Dade College at 2:00pm.
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.