11.20.12: The CCRI Knights men’s basketball team hosted the Pointers of the University of Connecticut at Avery Point for their home opener. The Knights defeated the Pointers 92-55. With the victory the Knights improve to 3-2 on the season and 1-1 in Region XXI play.
After getting off to a slow start the Knights found themselves trailing 6-5 five minutes into the game. From there the Knights heated-up and went on a 12-3 run over the next five minutes and ever looked back. The Knights went into halftime leading 47-22. In the second half the knights kept up their fast pace outscoring the Pointers 45-33 to coast to the 92-55 region victory.
Leading the way for the Knights was freshman guard Rob Hazard (North Providence, RI) with 15 points, including two 3-pointers while adding five assists and Co-Captain Isaac Medeiros (Johnston, RI) had 14 points with five assists. The Knights three other starters also played very well led by Jerome Harris (Hartford, CT) with 11 points, two steals and a blocked shot, Co-Captain Bryan Yarce (Cranston, RI) led the Knights with a game-high seven assists to go with three steals and five points while Pat Marchand (Cranston, RI) added a team-high eight rebounds. Rounding out the Knights attack were Flavio Barros (Woonsocket, RI) who scored 10 points on a perfect 4-4 from the field and 2-2 in free throws with four rebounds and Elijah Okagbare (Bourne, MA) added nine points with four rebounds.
Head Coach Rick Harris commented after the home opener “Nice team victory tonight for our young men. They deserve this kind of night due to their hard work in practice along with outstanding team play. We can now enjoy the next few days with our first families for Thanksgiving.”
The Knights return to action Saturday the 24th when they will travel to Middletown, NY to play the Colts of Orange County Community College at 1:00pm.
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.