Warwick, R.I. – January 11, 2016: The Knights men’s basketball team took on NJCAA DI Monroe College Sunday night in the eighth and final game of the CCRI Invitational. The Knights were unable to come away with the win as they were beaten by Monroe, 55-69. The loss puts the Knights at 10-7 on the year.
The Knights offense was stifled by the Monroe defense, as they could not get anything going on offense. Monroe was able to convert turnovers into points which led to a 19-31 halftime deficit for the Knights. The big key in the game was points in the paint. CCRI shot 7-22 in the paint for 14 points while Monroe was a dominating 22-34 inside the paint going for 44 points in the paint.
In the second half, Monroe was able to stretch the lead to 21 as they looked poised to run away with the game. The Knights would not give up so easily though as they went on a late run aided by a flurry of steals and 3-pointers. The run did fall short tough as the Knights ran out of time, taking the loss 55-69.
Sparking that late run for the Knights was sharpshooter Elijah Vazquez (Woonsocket, RI) who knocked down three 3-pointers in a row during the run. Vazquez finished with 14 points and four rebounds. Josh Mann (Detroit, MI) had his fifth straight double digit game with 13 points and five rebounds.
Tri-Captain Edvaldo Ferreira (Cape Verde) recorded his 13th double-double with 11 points and 12 rebounds, also adding four blocks. He also continued his rebound streak with double digit rebounds in every game he has played (15).
CCRI Stats can be viewed on the NJCAA website, follow this link to go directly to the NJCAA page for our men’s basketball team http://www.njcaa.org/
In the earlier match upon the men's side, Mercer defeated Genesee Community College 83-76.
The Knights will take the court again on Thursday when they face off against Region XXI opponent Quinsigamond Community College at 7pm.
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.