11.04.12: The No. 3 ranked CCRI Knights men’s basketball team continued play in the Roxbury Invitational by playing the Spartans of Cayuga Community College from Auburn, NY. The Knights defeated the Spartans easily 90-61 to get their first victory of the 2012-13 season and improve to 1-1.
The Knights lead from the opening tip to the final buzzer. The Knights led 24-12 midway through the first half and extended that lead to 49-22 by halftime. In the second half the Knights were able to extend a very comfortable 67-35 lead and never looked back to coast to a 90-61 victory.
Leading the way for the Knights was Co-Captain Isaac Medeiros (Johnston, RI) with 21 points and 11 rebounds to chart his first double-double of the season followed by Co-Captain Bryan Yarce (Cranston, RI) with 14 points and seven assists. Also helping the Knights was freshman center Pat Marchand (Cranston, RI) with 12 points and five rebounds while Rob Hazard (North Providence, RI), Jerome Harris (Hartford, CT) and Co-Captain Steve Bevilacqua (Exeter, RI) added eight points apiece. In addition for their efforts in the Tournament Co-Captain Bryan Yarce and freshman Pat Marchand were named to the All-Tournament team.
Head Coach Rick Harris commented after the win “Very nice team win for our young men. We played hard and together and our 11 freshmen and four sophomores made some great strides today. The only negative from the weekend was an injury to All-American Desmond Williams (Torrington, CT).”
The next action for the Knights will be a scrimmage versus Johnson and Wales University on Wednesday the 7th at 7:00pm and the Cullen Fieldhouse in Warwick.
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.