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Knights Outlast Lions 87-75 in OT!


Jason Palmer

Jason Palmer

Warwick, R.I. – November 30, 2018: The CCRI Knights men's basketball team traveled to New Haven, CT to face the Lions of Gateway Community College Thursday evening. It was a tale of two halves in New Haven, Thursday night, however the game would be determined in the overtime period. The Knights outscored the Lions 16-4 to take a road victory 87-75. The win improves CCRI's season record to 7-2 overall and 6-1 in Region XXI play.

The Knights started the game well as they have done in recent games, taking an early 10-2 lead and then a 23-12 lead before Gateway battled back and closed the game to single digits. At the halftime buzzer CCRI led 36-28.

The Knights came out in the second half strong, taking a 20-point lead, 58-38 with 12:30 left on the clock. The Lions then mounted their comeback. Gateway marched on a 43-15 run, tying the game and sending it to overtime. The extra frame went CCRI's way as they scored 16 points and held their opponents to a mere four points, winning the game 87-75.

Sophomore co-captain Peter Wilson (Providence, RI) led CCRI with 21 points, six rebounds five assists and 3 steals. Wilson now ranks 32nd in the nation in points per game with 20.4 and 156th in the nation in assists with 42. Freshman Jason Palmer (Narragansett, RI) continued his hot streak with his fourth double-double on the bounce as he scored 17 points with 12 rebounds, two assists and two steals. Palmer ranks 14th in the nation in rebounds with 79. Sophomore co-captain JC Santos (East Providence, RI) tallied 15 points, four assists and a steal. Sophomore co-captain David Cabeceiras (Warwick, RI) came off the bench and dropped 12 points with two rebounds and one block. CCRI's big-men continued to perform. Sophomore Oscar Iteji (Schenectady, NY) registered four blocks on the evening as he is now ranked fifth in the nation for block per game. Iteji added seven points, six rebounds and two assists. Freshman Franklin Udeh (Boston, MA) recorded nine points and eight rebounds.

Head Coach Rick Harris commented: "So nice to win an overtime road game. Great balance and team defense got the job done! Peter Wilson and Jason Palmer were fantastic, and Oscar Iteji and Franklin Udeh handled the boards and chipped in 16 points. We needed all contributors as Gateway played us as well as they ever have!"

The Knights will next be in action on Tuesday, December 4th as they travel to Roxbury, MA to face the Tigers of Roxbury Community College.

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The Community College of Rhode Island, New England's largest comprehensive community college, enrolls nearly 15,000 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.