Warwick, R.I. - November 12, 2014: The CCRI knights men's basketball team hosted the Tigers of Roxbury Community College from Roxbury, MA on Tuesday for a Region XXI non-league game. The Knights defeated the Tigers 83-74. With the victory the Knights improve to 3-0 overall and in Region XXI play.
The game went back and forth in the first half with neither team gaining a clear advantage. The Knights opened the second half with a 16-9 run to gain the lead and were able to keep that lead for the remainder of the half to eventually win by the final score of 83-74. Both team played very hard while the Tigers tried to get the Knights to play their up-tempo style but CCRI showed great patience and executed their offense which forced Roxbury to commit 27 fouls which pout the Knights at the free throw line early and often where the Knights shot 19-31. The Knights also dominated the glass out-rebounding the Tigers 49-26 including 39 defensive rebounds which gave Roxbury no second chance scoring opportunities.
Leading the way for the Knights was Co-Captain Anthony Jernigan (East Hartford, CT) scoring a team-high 19 points with seven assists followed by Freshman Marshall Nelson (Perth, Australia) who added 13 points. Also helping the Knights was Co-Captain Malieke Young (Providence, RI) who had 10 points, five rebounds and four assists, Jordan Grant (Ledyard, CT) who added 11 points and seven rebounds and Grant Gillis (Jamestown, RI) added eight points and team high 12 rebounds.
Head Coach Rick Harris commented after the game "We were able to dictate the tempo of the game both offensively and defensively. We were able to find their scorers and make them earn their baskets. We get one day of practice to get ready for UConn-Avery Point."
The next game for the Knights will be Thursday the 13th at 7pm when they host the Pointers of UConn-Avery Point from Groton, CT for another Region XXI non-league game at the Vincent A. Cullen Fieldhouse in Warwick.
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.