The CCRI Knights traveled to Groton, CT to play the Pointers of UConn-Avery Point (UCAP) Tuesday night in a Region XXI non-league game. The Knights fell to the Pointers 93-79. UCAP took advantage of their speed on their home court to defeat the Knights. With the loss the Knights’ record falls to 5-2 overall and 3-1 in Region XXI play. UCAP's record improves to 4-0 with the victory.
The Knights were never really in the game as The Pointers jumped out to quick 9-3 lead after only three minutes of play. Every time CCRI got close UCAP put another run together. The closest CCRI got was four points on a couple of occasions in the first half, the second one being at halftime 47-43.
The second half started better for CCRI as they took their first lead of the game 48-47 at the 19:17 mark. But UCAP made another run to regain the lead 54-48 within the next two minutes. CCRI held its last lead of the game 58-57 with 14:30 to go before UCAP put another run together to go up 69-64 with 10:50 to play. They were able to keep the lead at five points or more and increase it as the half closed out.
Leading the effort for CCRI was sophomore Anthony Jernigan (East Hartford, CT) with 18 points and eight steals. Also helping the Knights was sophomore Kevin Marmolejos (Queens, NY) with 17 points on 5-8 shooting from the 3-point arc and sophomore Captain Pat Marchand (Cranston, RI) added 16 points, four rebounds, three assists and two blocked shots.
After the game, Head Coach Rick Harris commented: "Every game is a learning experience and tonight we learned that every opponent on our schedule is capable of beating us. You have to credit UCAP as they brought their ‘A’ game tonight and we didn't match their intensity."
The Knights take on Orange County Community College from Middletown, NY Saturday afternoon at 2:00pm at the Vincent A. Cullen Fieldhouse in Warwick.
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.