PETERSBURG, VA - Winston-Salem State rode the hot shooting hand of Marquez Jones in the first half, and the strong inside play of Preston Ross and WyKevin Bazemore in the second half, as the Rams sprinted past the Virginia State University Trojans, 75-62 in CIAA action on Thursday night in Petersburg, Va.
The win moves the WSSU Rams to 8-6 overall and 3-1 in the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association, while Virginia State falls to 7-7 overall and 0-4 in the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association.
The Rams started on fire with Marquez Jones hitting three quick three's and Preston Ross also adding a three giving Winston-Salem State and early 17-10 advantage and before the first media timeout pushed their lead to 19-10.
WSSU continued to pressure Virginia State into turnovers and bad shooting and as the under 10 minute media timeout rolled around, the Rams had extended their lead to 31-20.
The Rams would eventually take a 41-32 lead into the locker room at the half.
The second half was much of the same, as the Rams came out firing once again from the start and quickly boosted their halftime lead to double-digits and midway through the second half held a 13 point lead at 59-46.
The lead would balloon to as many as 19 points in the second half, but it was too much Winston-Salem State University on this night, and Virginia State could not find any rhythm on the night as WSSU forced the Trojans into 36% shooting from the field on the night and 23% from behind the 3-pt arc, as opposed to the Rams shooting 57% from both the floor and from behind the 3-pt arc for the game, while also out rebounding the Trojans 33-30.
Although Virginia State would cut the WSSU lead down to 12 points with under a minute to play, they could not get any closer as the Rams would take a 75-62 win.
Marquez jones led the WSSU Rams with 22 points, and Preston Ross added 20 points and seven rebounds to go with two steals. WyKevin Bazemore added 12 points, seven rebounds and two assists. Tyre Desmore chipped in nine points, 11 assists and two steals, while Javan Wells added seve points, four rebounds and three assists. Brian Okam finished with three points, five rebounds and three blocked shots. Stacy Caroway finished with two points, three rebounds and two blocked shots.
Virginia State was led by Chris Grier who finished with 16 points, with James Vann adding nine points, Elijah Moore finished with eight points and Lamar Kearse added seven points.
Winston-Salem State University will continue on the current road stand, as they will travel to Murfreesboro, N.C. to take on the Chowan University Hawks on Saturday afternoon at 4:00 p.m.