The Community College of Rhode Island (CCRI) Green Knights came into the nightcap of day one of the Cougar Holiday Classic at Genesee Community College Cougars and came out with a 76-70 victory over the host Cougars.
After going back and forth for the majority of the opening half, the eighth ranked Knights were able to pull out to a 41-29 lead at halftime.
The Cougars started to climb their way back into the game as they trailed by eight early on in the second half. GCC continued to dwindle the Knights lead but CCRI continued to answer every call the Cougars made. However with less than six minutes remaining in regulation, the Cougars were able to come back to tie the score at 61.
Both teams went back and forth for the remainder of the game and CCRI sealed the deal by hitting foul shots down the stretch for their 10th win on the season.
The Cougars were led offensively by Kenton Chan Man (Brooklyn, NY) with 18 points, two rebounds and two assists. Dijon Wright (Philadelphia, PA) had 12 points and 11 rebounds for the host Cougars, who drop to .500 on the season with a record of 5-5.
The Knights were led offensively by Desmond Williams with 17 points and Anthony Henry had a double –double with 11 points and 12 rebounds for CCRI.
The Knights move to10-1 on the season and will play the Niagara County Community College Thunderwolves at 1pm Sunday afternoon for day two of the Cougar Holiday Classic.