Warwick, R.I. – January 12, 2015: The CCRI Knights took on the Mustangs of Monroe College of New Rochelle, NY in the second round of the 2015 CCRI Invitational. The Mustangs defeated the Knights 69-58 to raise their record to 12-6. With the loss the Knights record falls to 9-9 and 9-1 in Region XXI.
Monroe took a 28-20 lead into half time after an evenly played first half. The Mustangs increased their lead to 14 points, 40-26 with 16:24 to go in the second half and got it up to 21 points, 62-41 with seven minutes in the game. The Knights full court pressure caused several turnovers and allowed the Knights to get the deficit down to 11 points as the final horn sounded with the score 69-58.
The Knights were led by freshman sharp-shooter Marshall Nelson (Perth, Australia) who scored 20 points including six 3-pointers while adding six rebounds, four assists, and two steals. Sophomore Tri-Captain Jerome Harris (Hartford, CT) scored 10 points including two 3-pointers with four steals. Freshman big man Mahda Brewah (Dover, DE) chipped in with nine points.
After the contest Head Coach Rick Harris noted, "This was a gutsy performance by our team. We played a very good DI team pretty well and matched their intensity throughout the game. We improved our defense from last night and we were able to push the ball in transition. We'll use these last several games against DI opposition to prepare for next week's game at Globe Institute."
The next game for the Knights will be Saturday the 17th when they travel to New York, NY to take on the Knights of Globe Institute at 2pm.
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.