The CCRI Knights men's basketball team traveled to South Windsor, NJ to play the Vikings of Mercer County Community College. The Knights defeated the Vikings 71-62. With the victory the Knights improve to 11-6 on the season and win their first game of 2014.
The CCRI Knights used two impressive runs, one in the first half and one in the second to propel themselves to a 71-62 victory over the Vikings of Mercer County Community College.
In the first half with the score 23-21 Knights lead and 5:50 left they used an aggressive man-to-man defence to close out the half with a 16-9 run to take a 39-30 lead into halftime.
Mercer closed the gap to 49-48 with 12 minutes to play but the Knights put a 7-0 run together to get the lead back to eight points to make the score 56-48. The Knights maintained the lead for the rest of the game to win by the final score of 71-62.
Leading the way for CCRI was Anthony Jernigan (East Hartford, CT) with 26 points including 4-5 from beyond the 3-point arc, while dishing out five assists and swiping four steals. Co-Captain Anthony Henry (Danbury, CT) charted a double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds while Co-Captain Pat Marchand (Cranston, RI) added 15 points and seven rebounds.
After the game Head Coach Rick Harris commented: ”We played very well in spurts today. The team is really starting to understand what they need to do to be successful. Sometimes we falter a bit but by and large the progression the team is making on a game by game basis is impressive. Also, any time you travel four and a half hours on a bus and earn a win, that's a good day!"
The next game for the Knights will be Wednesday the 8th at 6:00pm when they will host the Lions of Gateway Community College for a Region XXI non-league game.
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.