PEMBROKE, NC – Freshman point guard, Robert Colon, scored 20 points and Jamel McAllister added 17 points, but it wasn't enough, as the Rams fell on Saturday afternoon, 86-72, to the Braves of UNC Pembroke at Lumbee Bank Court.
With the loss, Winston-Salem State falls to 2-2, while UNC Pembroke improves to 3-1 on the young season.
After a back and forth first half, that saw the UNC Pembroke Braves go up by as many as nine points late in the first half, sparked by 3-pointers from Carlos Rankins and Jamel McAllister, WSSU used a 15-8 run over the last 5:04, to cut the lead to just two points, at 36-34 at halftime.
The Rams started the second half a little sluggish, and allowed the Braves to open up their lead, but a Nate long layup at 16:53 brought the Rams back to within two at 44-42.
But the surge was short lived for the Rams, as UNC Pembroke would expand their lead to 14 points, late in the game, and would hold on for a critical 86-72 win over Winston-Salem State.
WSSU was led in scoring by Robert Colon, who finished with 20 points and two assists, while Jamel McAllister added 17 points, seven rebounds and two steals off the bench. Nate Long also came off the Rams bench to add 13 points, seven rebounds, one steal and one block, and Williams Crandell chipped in 10 points, nine rebounds, two assists and one steal.
For UNCP, Nigel Grant finished with 21 points and 10 rebounds, and Akia Pruitt added 17 points, nine rebounds and five blocked shots. James Murray-Boyles came off the Braves bench to add 14 points and four rebounds, and Alex Bradley chipped in 12 points and 11 assists. Mike Smith also added 12 points off the Braves bench.
Winston-Salem State will be back in action on Tuesday evening at 7:30pm, when they will play hosts to the Hornets of Morris College.