The CCRI Knights men's basketball team hosted the Bees of Bristol Community College From Fall River, MA for their 2014-15 Home Opener in a Region XXI non-league game. The Knights defeated the Bees 102-86. With the victory the Knights begin the season 2-0 overall and in Region XXI play.
The Knights jumped out to a 12 point lead after both teams had battled back and forth for the first part of the half CCRI was able to extend a double digit lead by the half. The Knights put together a 11-6 run with 7:17 remaining in the game but Bristol would wage a small comeback utilizing the 3-pointer before they got cold from long-range and the Knights answered their run and were able to up the lead to 18 points with 2:15 remaining and would go on to win 102-86.
Four Knights scored double-figures led by Freshmen Marshall Nelson (Perth Australia) with 20 points including four 3-pointers and Grant Gillis (No. Kingstown RI) who scored 19 points and hauled in 10 rebounds. Sophomore Co-Captain Malieke Young (Providence RI) added 11 points and Freshman Michael DeJesus (Cranston RI) chipped in with 10 points including two key 3-pointers to spur the Knights first half run. Sophomore Co-Captain Anthony Jernigan (East Hartford Ct) dished out 15 assists and added seven points.
Head Coach Rick Harris commented, "It was a nice win at home and our team played well in many areas. It's early in the season and there's still a lot to do but overall we're satisfied with our level of play. We have 2 home games next week and we'll work hard on our weaknesses at practice to get ourselves ready."
The next game for the Knights will be next Tuesday the 11th at 7:00pm when they will host the very talented Tigers of Roxbury Community College from Roxbury, MA to the Cullen Fieldhouse for a Region XXI non-league game.
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.