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No. 8 Ranked Knights Out-Muscle MassBay 103-54!


 J.C. Santos

J.C. Santos

Warwick, R.I. – February 11, 2019: The CCRI Knights men's basketball team headed to Framingham, MA Saturday afternoon to take on the MassBay Community College Buccaneers and easily handled their business to win their 13th straight game. The undermanned Buccaneer squad put up a good effort but were no match for the surging No. 8 ranked (NJCAA DIII poll) Knights who won the game 103-54. The win improves CCRI's season record to 23-3 overall and 20-2 in Region XXI play.

The Knights applied extreme pressure right from the opening tap and led at the half 49-19. Freshman Franklin Udeh (Boston, MA) was unstoppable in the paint with 16 of his game high 25 points in the first half. The second half saw much of the same though CCRI did use multiple lineups including an all guard lineup at one point. Five players hit double figures for the Knights led by J.C. Santos 25 and J.C. Santos (East Providence, RI) with a career high 15 assists. The balanced effort throughout helped the Knights cruise to a 103-54 victory.

The Knights were led by previously mentioned Franklin Udeh with his seventh double-double of the season highlighted by 25 points, 14 rebounds, one assist and one block. Udeh did not miss a shot all afternoon, shooting 10-10 from the floor and 5-5 from the line. David Cabeceiras contributed 17 points, three rebounds, two assists and two steals. JC Santos registered his fifth double-double of the season with 16 points, 15 assists, nine rebounds and four steals. Sophomore Oscar Iteji (Schenectady, NY) ripped down 14 rebounds with six points, three assists, three steals and three blocks. Sophomore co-captain Peter Wilson (Providence, RI) recorded 12 points, seven assists, four rebounds and three steals. Freshman Dylan Durante (Johnston, RI) tallied 11 points with three rebounds and one steal.

Head Coach Rick Harris commented: "This team continues to grow as evident in their ability to play hard from beginning to end of each game and their team play against Mass Bay today with 32 assists. They understand the importance of getting better each day and at times competing against themselves to do that. I like to say you are only as good as your last game and they understand that. Also, they understand the effort needed each day and do not play to the level of their opponent. When needed they step up and play to get better regardless of the score or the level of the opponent. I love watching them work daily in practice or in game attempting to become the best that they can be."

The CCRI Knights men's basketball team will next be in action on Tuesday, February 12 at 7 p.m. as they host the No. 5 nationally ranked Bristol Community College Bayhawks.

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The Community College of Rhode Island, New England's largest comprehensive community college, enrolls nearly 15,000 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.