The CCRI Knights men’s basketball team traveled to Franklin, MA to play the No. 12 ranked (NJCAA DII poll) Bulldogs of Dean College for a pivotal Region XXI league contest. The Knights lost to the Bulldogs 108-69. With the loss the Knights fall to18-12 for the season, 10-5 in Region.
XXI and 2-2 in their league (Division II Region XXI). The No. 12 ranked Bulldogs improve to 16-3 and 3-1 in Division II Region XXI and will host the Region XXI Championship March 1st in Franklin, MA.
The CCRI Knights did not play their best game. In addition, they ran into a hot-shooting Dean College Bulldog squad playing in their final regular season game of the year. The Bulldogs shot 52% from the field on 40-77 shooting compounded by the fact they also shot 46% from beyond the 3-point arc on a scintillating 16-35 from long-range. The Knights trailed 61-40 at the half. In the second half it was much of the same as the Bulldogs pulled away to win by the final score of 108-69.
Leading the way for the Knights was Co-Captain Anthony Jernigan (East Hartford, CT) who scored 11 points and freshman Malieke Young (Providence, RI) who also scored 11 points. Dean’s Charles Correa (Pawtucket, RI/St. Raphael Academy) scored a game-high 21 points including five 3-pointers.
After the game Head Coach Rick Harris commented, "We got off to a sluggish start and missed some easy scoring opportunities early but Dean was missing their shots early on also. We continued to struggle offensively and Dean started to attack the basket to score too many points in the paint. We will, like always, put this game behind us and get ready to play them again on March 1 for the regional championship."
The next game for the Knights will be next Saturday March 1st when they will travel back to Franklin, MA to play the No. 12 ranked Bulldogs of Dean College for the Region XXI Championship, time TBA (most likely 12noon or 1pm)
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.