The CCRI Knights men’s basketball team traveled to New Rochelle, NY to compete in the Monroe College Tip-off Tournament over the weekend. The Knights faced the Tribunes of Monroe Community College and dropped the opener in the Tip-off 87-64. With the loss the Knights fall to 4-1 on the season.
The Tribunes used their athleticism and size to overpower the Knights 87-64. This was the first loss of the season for the Knights who fall to 4-1 on the young season. CCRI was able to keep the game close in the first half but Monroe CC put a small run together in the last two minutes of the half to take a 10 point lead into halftime up 41-31.
CCRI came out cold and the Tribunes were red hot to start the second half as they jumped out to 16 point lead 49-33 after 2:30 was played. The Knights did not fold though and using defensive intensity they made a run as well to chop the lead to seven points with the score 57-50 with13 minutes to play. Unfortunately the Knights could not sustain their intensity and Monroe was able to make shots to get the lead back up to 15 points 65-50 with 10 minutes left. The Tribunes were able to increase that lead to 20 points later in the half before pulling away to win 87-64. Leading the way for CCRI was freshman point guard Anthony Jernigan (East Hartford, CT) scoring 17 points with three assists and three steals. Jernigan was followed by Sophomore Captains Pat Marchand (Cranston, RI) with 11 points and four rebounds and Anthony Henry (Danbury, CT) who added 10 points two assists and a steal.
Head Coach Rick Harris commented: "Today we just did not match Monroe CC in the areas of intensity and execution. This was a nice early season game to gauge what we need to work on to become an elite team. It is a process but I believe this team will develop into a special one.”
The Knights have little tie to rest as they will face Frederick Community College in the Mustangs’ Tip-off Tourney Sunday at noon.
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.