WINSTON-SALEM, NC – William Crandell put up a double-double and Robert Colon added 17 points, as the Winston-Salem State Rams rolled to an 85-63 win over Morris College on Tuesday night at the CE Gaines Center on the Winston-Salem State University campus.
With the win, WSSU improves to 3-2 overall, while the Hornets of Morris College fall to 0-5 on the season.
After jumping out to a quick lead, the WSSU Rams use the shock and awe style of play, and a 19-10 run push the Rams lead to 15 points, at 28-13.
But the Hornets of Morris College used their own 14-9 run late in the half to pull to within 10 points at the half, 37-27.
The WSSU started the second hot, and quickly ran off a 13-3 run to go up 20 points, but Morris College battle back to cut the lead to 12 points with 13:14 remaining.
From that point on, it would be all Rams. Winston-Salem State would go on 23-6, pushing the lead out to a game-high 29 points, at 74-45 with just over six minutes left.
The Rams would then put it on cruise control, and roll to the final score of 85-63.
WSSU dominated the paint, outscoring Morris College 48-26, and also out rebounded the Hornets, 49-34 on the evening.
The Rams also got to the free throw line 45 times, making 26, while the hornets only shot 9 of 15 from the charity stripe.
Winston-Salem State was led in scoring by the double-double of William Crandell, who finished with 20 points, 11 rebounds, two steal and an assist. Robert Colon, coming off being named the CIAA Rookie of the Week, added 17 points and Nate Long chipped in 10 points and pulled down five rebounds. Jason Payne added seven points and Stephen Pippins also scored seven points and pulled down five rebounds. Carlos Rankins scored six points and pulled down six rebounds, and TJ Wilson added five points and three rebounds. 11 of 12 players who suited up for WSSU, scored.
Morris College was led by Arthur McKenzie, who scored 16 points, and Raekwon McFadden added nine points. In all, 13 players scored for the Hornets.
Winston-Salem State will take a break for the Thanksgiving holiday, before returning to action three times next week. The Rams will travel to Salisbury, CN to take on the Catawba Indians on Monday night, before returning home on Wednesday evening to take on the Braves of UNC Pembroke. The Rams will round out the week hosting Virginia Union next Saturday.