WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - The Winston-Salem State Rams could not seal the game with free throws in the final moments of regulation, and Lincoln's George Jackson hit a running layup with 0.1 seconds left on the clock to upend the Rams 73-71 in overtime Saturday night at the CE Gaines Center on the Winston-Salem State University campus.
The loss drops WSSU to 6-6 overall and 1-1 in CIAA play, and Lincoln (Pa) improves to 9-2 overall and 1-1 in CIAA play.
For the second straight game the Winston-Salem State Rams started the game on fire, and quickly pushed their lead to seven points at 13-6 on a monster put back dunk by Preston Ross, but the Rams got into foul trouble early and head coach Bobby Collins had to go to the bench early on.
The Rams continued their strong first half play and eventually got the lead up to 10 points at 21-11 midway through the first half.
But the Lions scrapped their way back into the game and cut the WSSU lead to just one point at 29-28 with just under two minutes to play in the first half.
The Rams were able to hold off the Lions and finished the half 6-3 run to take a 35-31 lead into the locker room at the half.
Coming out of halftime, Lincoln University started quickly and erased WSSU's lead five minutes in to take a 40-39 lead. The Lions increased their lead to to six points with 12:25 left to play before th Rams began to chip away at the deficit.
Winston-Salem State would hold a seven point lead with 2:32 left on a WyKevin Bazemore put back, but the Lincoln Lions would not give in and coupled with some untimely turnovers and missed free throws down the stretch allowed the visiting Lions to remain close and LU's Derrick Washington sank a huge 3-pointer with :30 left to tie the game and send the game into overtime.
In the overtime period, Lincoln would outscore the Rams 9-7, including the game winner by Geroge Jackson with 0.1 left to give the Lions the 73-71 win.
Marquez Jones led the Rams with 17 points, while Preston Ross and WyKevin Bazemore finished with 13 points each. Bazemore also added 11 rebounds, two assists and two steals. Javan Wells came off the bench to add 12 points.
Derrick Washington led all scorers with 21 points, five assists and three steals to pace Lincoln, while George Jackson finished with 17 points and five rebounds and Justin Jackson added 14 points.
Winston-Salem State will be back in action again on Monday night at 7:30 p.m. at the CE Gaines Center, as they will host the Bowie State University Bulldogs. For more information on Winston-Salem State University basketball, visit wssurams.com or contact the WSSU Athletic Media Relations Office at 336-750-2152.