Warwick, R.I. – January 11, 2016: The CCRI Knights men’s basketball team hosted Mercer County Community College on Saturday night during the CCRI Invitational. The Knights came away with a 73-68 win against a feisty Mercer team. The win brings the Knights record to 10-6 on the season.
Mercer got off to a hot start and carried a lead through the first five minutes of action. The Knights settled down and hit some big shots as they took the lead and went up by double digits late in the half. Mercer was able to prevent the lead from growing and the teams went into halftime in a closely contested game, 40-34.
The second half brought more of the same closely contested action. The biggest key for the Knights was their ability to counter every small run Mercer had. The Knights never took a big lead, but they also did not allow Mercer to go on any big runs allowing the Knights to maintain their lead throughout the half. The Knights built a 10 point lead, 71-61, with about a minute to go but Mercer was still able to keep it close, cutting that lead in half 73-68 right at the final horn.
Freshman Elijah Vazquez (Woonsocket, RI) was a big reason the Knights were able to thwart any Mercer runs. The young sharpshooter hit an impressive six 3-pointers on only seven attempts on his way to a team high 18 points. Vazquez currently ranks fifth in NJCAA DII with 3.6 made 3-pointers per game, and ranks eighth in 3-point percentage at 50.8%.
Tri-Captain Edvaldo Ferreira (Cape Verde) recorded his 12th double-double on the season with a 10 point, 19 rebound performance, also adding in four blocked shots. Edvaldo has recorded double digit rebounds in every game he has played in this season for the Knights (14) and currently ranks first in NCJAA DII in rebounds per game (13.9) and blocks per game (4.5).
Josh Mann (Detroit, MI) scored in double digits for the fourth straight game as he went for 12 points and six rebounds.
CCRI Stats can be viewed on the NJCAA website, follow this link to go directly to the NJCAA page for our men’s basketball team www.njcaa.org
The other men’s game on Saturday was between Genesee Community College and Monroe College. Genesee came away with the win versus their DI opponent, 75-69.
The Knights will take the court again on Thursday when they face off against Region XXI opponent Quinsigamond Community College 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.