Warwick, RI- March 2, 2015: The CCRI men's basketball team traveled to Franklin, MA to take on the Bulldogs of Dean College in the Region XXI Championship. The teams had split the season series 1-1 with both teams winning their home games. The winner of the Region XXI tournament would move on to play in the district tournament. Dean used a strong second half to pull away from the close game and come away with the win 88-66 over CCRI. The Knights finished the season with a record of 14-14 overall and 10-3 in Region XXI play.
The Knights played a tough first half against the No. 1 ranked Bulldogs and went into halftime with a 40-38 lead. The Knights first half surge was led by Marshall Nelson (Perth, Australia) who had 18 points while knocking down three of the Knights six first half 3-pointers. The second half was a back and forth game till there was about 11 minutes left when the Bulldogs went on a 10-2 run and took the lead for good. The Knights grinded to keep it close but in the end could never retake the lead. Dean kept their foot on the gas the rest of the half won the game 88-66.
CCRI was led by Australian sharp-shooter Marshall Nelson who finished an efficient 9-15 from the floor including four made threes while also adding nine rebounds, three steals and two assists. Tri-Captain Anthony Jernigan (East Hartford, CT) also had a very efficient game by scoring 17 points on 6-10 from the field while hitting two threes and dishing out three assists with three steals. Freshman Grant Gillis(Jamestown, RI) led CCRI with two blocks and also added eight boards, while Sophomore Jerome Harris (Hartford, CT) added eight points, five rebounds and three assists.
After the game Head Coach Rick Harris commented "We tip our hats to Dean for playing a very good game. Our team competed well, especially in the first half, but their intensity on defense took us out of what we wanted to do and that was the difference. I'm proud of our team and the level of effort they gave throughout the season. They can carry their heads high knowing that they gave everything they had during the season."
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.
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