Warwick, R.I. – January 20, 2015: The CCRI Knights traveled to the Bronx, NY to take on the Knights of Globe Institute of Technology on Saturday. CCRI's hot three point shooting propelled them to a 96-92 victory. With the win CCRI's record improves to 10-9 on the season. The loss drops Globe's record to 5-10.
CCRI came out on fire as Sophomore Tri-Captains Jerome Harris (Hartford, CT) and Malieke Young (Providence, RI) combined for six first half 3-pointers Harris with four and Young with two. The Knights of Globe stayed were able to hang close to CCRI until the Knights put a run together to end the first half up 12 points with the score 47-35. In the second half CCRI upped their lead to 18 points, 62-44 with 16 minutes left in the game, mostly due to their tenacious zone defense and patience on offense. However, Globe would not relent and kept chipping away at the lead as they whittle it down to 10 points with five minutes to go. Globe's pressure defense caused several CCRI turnovers and they trim the lead down to two points, 94-92. But sophomore Tri-Captain Anthony Jernigan (East Hartford, CT) made a steal and got fouled with 14 seconds left, and he calmly made both free throws to put CCRI up 96-92. The Knights fouled a Globe shooter with three seconds on the clock but the shooter missed both free throws. CCRI got the rebound on the second miss to secure the victory.
The Knights had all of their starting five score double figures led by Tri-Captain Malieke Young's 22 points including a game-high six 3-pointers, including four in the second half followed by Tri-captain Jerome Harris' 20 points with four first half three's, freshman big man Mahda Brewah (Dover, DE) added 17 points with seven rebounds, Tri-Captain Anthony Jernigan had 15 points including an impressive 11 of 12 from the free throw line with five assists and freshman center Grant Gillis (Jamestown, RI) added 14 points with a team-high nine boards.
After the contest CCRI Head Coach Rick Harris noted: "This was a very nice win on the road against a very tough Division I team. Our team defense was excellent and our patience on offense created a lot of good scoring opportunities for our shooters. Malieke and Jerome shot the ball very well. It certainly is nice to play well on the road and anytime we beat a DI team we're happy."
The Knights return to the Vincent A. Cullen Fieldhouse to take on the Sacred Heart Club team Wednesday night January 21st at 7:00pm.
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.