The CCRI Knights men’s basketball team traveled to Boston, MA to play the Bulldogs of Bunker Hill Community College for their season and Region XXI opener on Tuesday evening. The Knights defeated the Bulldogs 85-66. With the victory the Knights begin the season 1-0 overall and 1-0 in Region XXI play.
The Knights jumped out to a quick 19-9 lead after 6 minutes of play but the Bulldogs made a small run with 5 minutes left in the half to cut the lead to 4 at 36-32. A great hustle play by Johnson Weah led to an easy layup by Jerome Harris then another steal and assist to Harris by Malieke Young pushed the Knights lead up to 9, 43-34 at halftime. CCRI used their pressure defense in the second half to take Bunker Hill out of the game.
Sophomores Anthony Jernigan (East Hartford, CT) and Jerome Harris (Hartford, CT) combined for 50 points to lead the CCRI Knights to a season-opening 85-66 win over the Bulldogs in Boston. Jernigan scored 31 points including 10 for 10 from the free throw line while adding four assists and game-high eight steals. Harris added 19 points and five rebounds to the Knights attack. Also playing a great all-around game was sophomore Johnson Weah (Providence, RI) who played aggressively on both ends of the floor especially on the defensive end. Weah finished with three points and a team-high 11 rebounds, three assists, two steals and a blocked shot.
Head Coach Rick Harris commented after the game: "It's nice to start the season with a solid road victory. We got a good effort by many players, which is the main reason we won the game. We have things we need to work on and this group is willing to work hard to improve at practice. We'll get to work tomorrow to prepare for our home opener against a good Bristol CC team Thursday night at 7pm at the Cullen Fieldhouse."
The Knights now gear-up for their home opener Thursday at 7:00pmin a Region XXI non-league game versus Bristol Community College from Fall River, MA at the Vincent A. Cullen Fieldhouse located on the CCRI Knight Campus 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.