The CCRI Knights men’s basketball team hosted the Knights of Division I power Globe Institute from New York, NY on Saturday. The Knights won a thrilling overtime game 74-72. With the victory the Knights of CCRI improve to 15-7 on the season.
CCRI trailed to begin the game as globe used their superior size and athleticism to control the early portion of the contest. After some defensive adjustments and once CCRI settled down a bit they were able to eventually tie the game and eventually take a 33-27 lead into halftime. In the second half the Knights of CCRI were once again trailing late on the game but CCRI used tenacious defense to get stops and pull within two points 60-62. CCRI had a couple chances to tie it but came-up short but with less than 10 seconds left CCRI shooting guard Malieke Young (Providence, RI) pump-faked his defender and drove in to sink a driving layup to tie the score at 62 as time ran-off the clock sending the two Knights’ teams into overtime. CCRI continued that pressure into the overtime and led by as many as six points. Though Globe fought back many times the balanced attack of CCRI ultimately was too much for their Division I opponent as CCRI won by the final count of 74-72.
Knights’ Co-Captain Pat Marchand (Cranston, RI) charted a double-double with 20 points and 10 rebounds. Marchand was helped by fellow Co-Captain Anthony Henry who also put forth a double-double with 12 points and 10 boards. Co-Captain Anthony Jernigan (East Hartford, CT) contributed 15 points, six assists, and five steals while Malieke Young had nine points including the late game-tying basket and Kevin Marmolejos (Bronx, NY) added eight including two 3-pointers.
After the game Head Coach Rick Harris commented: "This win over a quality DI opponent is proof that the team is beginning to step up its game at the right time of the season. We executed much better today on offense and played great team defense for most if the game. But, as always, we now have to move onto the next game and try to play our best game of the season."
The next game for the Knights will be this Thursday the 23rd when they will host Region XXI interdivisional foe Tigers of Roxbury CC for a Regional non-league game at 7:00pm.
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.