The CCRI Knights traveled to Garden City, NY to play the Lions of Nassau Community College on Saturday. Nassau outplayed the Knights and came away with a 79-58 victory dropping CCRI's record to 16-8 on the season. The win improves the Lions record to 14-6.
The Knights led for most of the first half but Nassau put together a 13-4 run in the final five minutes of the first half to take a 36-28 lead into the break. The Knights came out quickly to start the second half as they closed the gap to three points, 36-33, within the first minute but the Lions put another 12-2 run together over the next five minutes to take a lead that they would never relinquish. CCRI worked hard defensively to get the deficit down to 10 points with 9:40 left but again NCCC bounced back with 10 unanswered points.
Leading the way for CCRI was Co-Captain Anthony Henry (Danbury, CT) with 17 points, eight rebounds and four blocked shots. Henry was helped by point guard Billy Soriano (Providence, RI) who added 12 points and five steals. Co-Captain Pat Marchand (Cranston, RI) charted another double-double with 10 points and 12 rebounds while Malieke Young (Providence, RI) had eight points, including two 3-pointers.
After the game Head Coach Rick Harris commented: "We lacked the effort needed to beat a quality team like Nassau today. Again we played well in spurts but we need to put two strong halves together in order to beat the good teams on our schedule."
The Knights have no time to rest as they travel to Selden, NY Sunday to play the Sharks of Suffolk County Community College at 12noon.
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.
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