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WSSU Rams Fall Hard at Shaw, 80-59

RALEIGH, NC -- Winston-Salem State University raced out to an early lead, but that quickly dissipated, as the Shaw Bears dominated the WSSU Rams, 80-59 Monday night in Raleigh, NC at C.C. Spaulding Gymnasium on the Shaw University campus.

With the loss, the WSSU Rams fall to 18-7 overall, 10-5 in the CIAA and 4-5 in the division, while the Shaw Bears improve to 23-2 overall, 15-0 in the CIAA and 9-0 in the division.

The Rams scored the game's first two baskets on a 3-pt shot by Justin Glover, followed by a Kimani Hunt 3-pt shot, before Shaw could get on the scoreboard. Joseph Thompson scored in the lane giving WSSU an early 6-2 advantage.  The Rams continued with the pressure, taking a 10-7 lead into the first media timeout.

The Shaw Bears would then settle down and go on an extended run of 14-0, taking over the lead and taking a 21-10 lead with 10:30 left in the first half.

The Bears would continue to put the hammer down on the visiting Rams, extending the run to 22-0, before Justin Glover would end the run with back to back made baskets for Winston-Salem State.

WSSU went 12 consecutive possessions without scoring during the Bear run

Shaw would end the half by outscoring the WSSU Rams, 36-9 over the last 15 minutes of the first half.

The second half began just as the first half ended, with the WSSU Rams struggling on the offensive end, and with the Shaw Bears having their way with WSSU on the opposite end of the floor.

WSSU managed to right the ship offensive in the second half, but defensively could not handle the offensive pressure of the Shaw Bears, and although WSSU managed to trim the lead to 16, after a 15-4 Ram run on a Wakefield Ellison 3-pt shot, but WSSU could get it no closer, and the Bears eventually stretched their lead back above 20.

Justin Glover led the Rams in scoring with 15 points and six assists, while Wykevin Bazemore added 12 points and nine rebounds. Joseph Thompson added eight points and six rebounds, and Kimani hunt and Marcus Wells each chipped in six points.

For Shaw, Malik Alvin paced five Bears in double figures with 20 points and five assists, while Tony Smith added 14 points, seven rebounds and four assists, and Junius Chaney poured in 13 points and pulled down a game high 17 rebounds.  Devon McLendon chipped in 10 points.

Winston-Salem State University will wrap up the 2011-12 regular season on Saturday night, when the Rams host the Broncos of Fayetteville State for "Senior Night" at 7:00 p.m. in the CE Gaines Center on the Winston-Salem State University campus.

For more information on WSSU Rams basketball, contact the WSSU Office of Athletic Media Relations at (336) 750-2152 or log on to www.WSSURams.com.