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Knights fall to No. 7 ranked DI Monroe 74-55
the No. 9 ranked (NJCAA Division II poll) CCRI Knights men’s basketball team concluded the 2012 CCRI Basketball Invitational by hosting the powerful No. 7 ranked Division I Mustangs of Monroe College from New Rochelle, NY on Sunday. The Knights lost to the Mustangs 74-55. With the loss the Knights fall to 16-3 on the season.
In one of the most anticipated game son the 2011-12 CCRI Knights’ schedule the Division I Mustangs brought a large contingent of recruiters to the Cullen Fieldhouse from schools such as: Iowa State, Providence College (PC), Liberty, URI, RIC, and Lasell College. Many were on hand to see Monroe’s Division I prospects including Orlando Sanchez a top recruit from PC. The Knights hung with the Mustangs for the first half trailing within eight points for most of the half before going into the break trailing by five points 34-29. In the second half the Mustangs size and athletic advantage began to show itself as they were able to extend their lead to 13 points by the 10-minute mark with the score 54-41. Marco Bourgeault helped Monroe extend their lead with his hot-shooting from the 3-point arc sinking a game-high six 3-pointers en route to a game-high 20 points as they coasted to the 74-55 victory.
Leading the way for the Knights was Desmond Williams (Torrington, CT) scoring a team-high 16 points with five rebounds, three assists, three steals and two blocked shots followed by Roger Livramento (Central Falls, RI) who just missed a double-double adding nine points eleven rebounds and a steal. Also helping the Knights was Co-Captain Trevor Mabry (Norwich, CT) with nine points and four rebounds, Bryan Yarce (Cranston, RI) added seven points and two assists and Co-Captain Nick Maglio added five points and assist and an offensive charge taken.
Head Coach Rick Harris commented after the game: “Today we played 30 good minutes of basketball unfortunately the game was 40 minutes long. Monroe’s length and athleticism simply wore us out in the last 10 minutes. Playing these types of games make us who we are: working to get better every game. I am very proud of the level of effort the team gave today and moving forward that will make us better in the long run.”
The Knights are back in action tonight Tuesday January 17th when they travel to Worcester, MA to play the Wyverns of Quinsigamond Community College in a Region XXI intra-divisional match-up at 8:00pm.