Warwick, R.I. –November 21, 2014: The CCRI Knights men's basketball team hosted the No. 9 ranked (NJCAA DII poll) Bulldogs of Dean College for a Region XXI league game on Thursday evening. The Knights defeated the Bulldogs 88-79. With the victory the Knights run their record to 5-0 overall and 5-0 in Region XXI play and 1-0 in league.
The Knights came out of the gate on fire jumping out to a 23-9 lead after five minutes of play. CCRI used its pressure defense and scintillating 3-point shooting to extend the gap to 20, 55-35 at the half. The Knights were led in the first half by Co-Captain Anthony Jernigan (East Hartford, CT) who scored 17 of his game-high 29 points in the first half including three 3-pointers and Co-Captain Malieke Young (Providence, RI) who added 13 first half points including two first half 3-pointers. Dean came out strong in the second half and cut the Knights lead 11 points several times but the Knights always answered with a key bucket to secure the 88-79 regional league victory.
Leading the way for CCRI was sophomore Co-Captain Anthony Jernigan with 29 points including four treys, seven assists and five steals, Sophomore Co-Captain Malieke Young added 15 points with seven rebounds and two assists and sophomore Co-Captain Jerome Harris (Hartford, CT) chipped in with 11 points and ripped down eight rebounds with five steals and two assists.
After the game Head Coach Rick Harris commented: "This was a nice win against a good league opponent. We did some things very well and there are things we need to work on, but it's still early and there is time to improve."
The next game for the Knights will be Saturday when they travel to New Rochelle, NY to play in the Mustang Invitational. The Knights will face the Tribunes of Monroe Community College form Rochester, NY Saturday at 12noon. If the Knights win they would face the winner of the Monroe College vs Owens Community College game Sunday time TBA.
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.