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Williams’ 31 helps Knights nip Niagara 77-73!
The CCRI men’s basketball team concluded their play in the Genesee Community College Cougar Classic by playing the Thunderwolves of Niagara County Community College on Sunday. The Knights defeated the Thunderwolves 77-73. With the victory the Knights improve to 6-4 on the season.
After the hard-fought overtime loss to the hosting Cougars the knights were able to quickly re-group and defeat the Thunderwolves of Niagara County CC by the narrow margin of 77-73. The Knights were paced by Co-Captain Desmond Williams (Torrington, CT) who scored a season-high 31 points to go with five steals. Williams’ backcourt mate Co-Captain Bryan Yarce (Cranston, RI) returned to the Knights’ line-up to dish out a game-high seven assists to help lead the Knights to victory. CCRI led 38-32 at the half and never trailed in the second half as they went on to win by the final score of 77-73.
Leading the way for the Knights was Co-Captain Desmond Williams with 31 points, including a sterling 13-14 from the free throw line, with five steals, five rebounds and three assists. Williams was helped by Co-Captain Bryan Yarce who dished out seven assists to go with five steals and five points. Also helping the Knights was Co-Captain Isaac Medeiros (Johnston, RI) with eight points, nine rebounds and two blocked shots, Co-Captain Steve Bevilacqua (Exeter, RI) added eight points, including two 3-pointers, Jerome Harris (Hartford, CT) with eight points, also with two 3-pointers and Rob Hazard (North Providence, RI) added six points with two 3-pointers.
Head Coach Rick Harris commented after the Classic: “Our best team defensive effort of the season today. It was nice to see our gang playing as one cohesive unit.”
The Knights return to action Tuesday night at 6:00pm when they will travel to Haverhill, MA to play the Knights of Northern Essex Community College in a Region XXI none-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.