The Knights dropped an 82-79 thriller to Genesee CC Saturday night in the first game of the Cougar Classic in Batavia, NY. With the loss the Knights fall to 8-4 on the season.
After Genesee took a 48-42 lead into the half, the Knights came out flying in the second half, turning up their defensive intensity and gaining their first lead of the game, 59-57, with 14:26 left in the game.
The two teams battled back-and-forth until the Knights established a 74-68 lead with just 5:32 to play.
However, the Knights weren’t able to hold that lead for long, with the Cougars clawing back and taking a 77-76 lead with 2:06 remaining on the clock.
Down one, 80-79, with 17 seconds left, the Knights had a costly turnover that forced them to foul. Genesee made their free throws to ice the game.
That was really the difference in the game, as the Cougars outscored the Knights 31 to 10 from the charity stripe, with Genesee more than doubling CCRI’s free throw attempts for the game, 40-17.
The Knights were paced by Anthony Jernigan (East Hartford, CT) and Patrick Marchand (Cranston, RI). Jernigan led CCRI with a double-double on 17 points and 11 assists, while Marchand scored a team high 27 points and pulled down a game high nine rebounds. Kevin Marmolejos (Queens, NY) also had a nice game for the Knights, chipping in with 14 points, including a game-high four 3-pointers on 4-8 shooting from long range.
Genesee’s Naquil Jones led all scorers with 29 points, making 13 of his 15 free throws from the line.
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.