Warwick, R.I. - November 14, 2014: The CCRI Knights men's basketball team hosted the Pointers of the University of Connecticut at Avery Point from Groton, CT Thursday evening for a Region XXI non-league game. The Knights defeated the Pointers 92-66. With the victory the Knights improve to 4-0 overall and in Region XXI play.
The first half was played fairly evenly until the Knights put together a late scoring run to close out the half with an 11-point advantage with the score 37-26. In the second half CCRI utilized pressure defense and pounded the ball inside to put the game away. Once again an early second half run was all the Knights needed to get the game in hand as they extended the lead to 14 points with that early second half run to make the score 44-27. The Knights led by as many as 28 points in the second half as they cruised to the 92-66 regional victory.
12 Knights made it into the scoring column as they cruised to the big victory. Leading the way for the Knights was Co-Captain Anthony Jernigan (East Hartford, CT) who scored a team-high 17 points including three 3-pointers with nine assists and seven steals followed by freshman big man Grant Gillis (Jamestown, RI) who scored 15 points with seven rebounds. Also helping CCRI was Co-Captain Malieke Young (Providence, RI) who had 11 points with two 3-pointers and two assists, freshman Michael DeJesus (Cranston, RI) had 10 points with two 3-pointers of his own and Marshall Nelson (Perth, Australia) added nine points on three 3-pointers.
Head Coach Rick Harris commented after the victory "The team played another solid game tonight and they continue to improve every game. Our goal is to get better in every practice and show that improvement in our games. We have two tough opponents next week: Notre Dame Prep and Dean College. We need to prepare ourselves in practice every day next week."
The next contests for CCRI will be Tuesday at 7pm when they will host the Crusaders of Notre Dame Prep from Fitchburg, MA for a scrimmage and Thursday they have an important Region XXI league game versus the Bulldogs of Dean College from Franklin, MA at 7pm.
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.