Warwick, R.I. – November 24, 2014: The CCRI Knights men's basketball team traveled to New Rochelle, NY to compete in the Monroe College Classic Invitational over the weekend. In their first game the Knights faced-off against No. 6 nationally ranked (NJCAA DII men's basketball poll) Tribunes of Monroe Community College from Rochester, NY. The Knights lost to the Tribunes 77-57. With the loss the Knights drop to 5-1 on the season.
Monroe's superior size and inside game propelled them to an 11 point half time lead at 39-28. However, the Knights came out strong in the second half playing multiple aggressive defenses and whittled the lead down to five points to make the score 47-42 with 13:30 left to play. Unfortunately, CCRI could not sustain the energy and turned the ball over too many times at critical points. The Tribunes took advantage of the turnovers and bumped the lead back to 14 points, 58-44 with nine minutes to play.
Leading the way in the scoring column for the Knights was Co-Captain Anthony Jernigan (East Hartford, CT) with 11 points, four rebounds, two assists and two steals and freshman Marshall Nelson (Perth, Australia) with 11 points including three 3-pointers with two assists and two rebounds. Freshman Center Grant Gillis (Jamestown, RI) chipped in with nine points and five rebounds and Co-Captain Malieke Young (Providence, RI) had eight points including two 3-pointers and freshman Mike DeJesus (Cranston, RI) added eight points also with two treys.
After the contest Head Coach Rick Harris commented: "This was a good game for us to play against out-of-region competition. It gives us an idea of what it going to take to compete at the highest level in Division II. We'll get back at it tomorrow against No. 8 ranked Owens CC and try to play our best game of the year to date."
Knights will face No. 8 ranked Owens Community College from Findlay, OH Sunday at 12noon to complete their play in the Monroe College Classic.
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.