Warwick, R.I. – November 24, 2014: The CCRI Knights men's basketball team continued play in the Monroe College Classic on Sunday by facing off against No. 8 ranked (NJCAA DII men's basketball poll) Express of Owens Community College from Findlay, OH. This was the third consecutive Top 10 team that the Knights have faced in the past four days. The Knights fell to the Express 99-63. With the loss the Knights fall to 5-2 on the season.
The Express used their athleticism and hot shooting from the 3-point arc to handle the Knights 99-63. Owens jumped out to an early 14-5 lead to start the game but the Knights closed the gap to 23-20 with 9:25 left in the half. However, the Express closed out the half with a 25-10 spurt to go into half time with a 48-30 lead.
Owens started the second half like they ended the first and extended their lead to 24 points 60-46 after only five minutes. The Knights played hard for the remained of the game but the Express was simply too much to handle today. Leading the way for the express was Shaakir Lindsey who scored 30 points including shooting 6-9 from beyond the 3-point arc.
Leading the way for CCRI was Sophomore Co-Captain Anthony Jernigan (East Hartford, CT) with 14 points, three rebounds, two assists and a steal and Co-Captain Malieke Young (Providence, RI) with 12 points including two 3-pointers with four rebounds. Freshman Grant Gillis had eight points and four rebounds while fellow freshman big man Mahda Brewah (Dover, DE) added eight points and six rebounds with a blocked shot.
After the contest Coach Head Rick Harris commented: "We schedule top notch out-of-region competition to prepare us for our league games and for the playoffs. Games like today give us an indication of where we are nationally and help us to get better. We play a good Northern Essex CC team on the road Tuesday and we're looking to improve in the areas that were weak this weekend."
The next game for the Knights will be Tuesday when they travel to Haverhill, MA to face the Knights of Northern Essex Community College for Region XXI non-league game with a 6pm tip-off.
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.