SALISBURY, NC – Winston-Salem State fell behind by double digits early, and could not fight back all the way, as the Rams dropped an out of conference contest to the Catawba Indians, 86-71, on Monday evening in Salisbury, NC.
The loss drop the WSSU Rams to 3-3 overall, while the Indians improve to 4-2 overall on the young season.
The Catawba Indians began quick, and jumped out to a quick lead before layups by William Crandelll and Carlos Rankins pulled the Rams to within three points, at 10-7.
The Indians would keep the pressure on the Winston-Salem State, and would run the score to 39-23, with 4:42 left in first half.
But the WSSU Rams rallied behind strong defense, and used a 17-6 run over the final four minutes, to pull within five points at the half, 45-40.
Starting the second half, Catawba immediately put the pressure back on the Rams, and by the 15:41 mark, had pushed their lead back to 10 points, at 51-41.
But once again, WSSU would respond, as the Rams got baskets from William Crandell, two free throws from Jamel McAllister and a jump shot and dunk from Nate Long, to pull within four points at 53-49.The
The Catawba Indians would regain their composure, and would use their own 27 -12 run to push the lead out to the largest of the night, at 80-61.
The Rams would try to get back into the game using 10-6 run to finish the game and bring the final score to 86-71.
Catawba won the battle of the board, out rebounding the Rams 50-36, and dominated the points in the paint at 54-26.
WSSU was led in scoring by Robert Colon, who finished with 16 points, while pulling down three rebounds, dished out three assists and had two steals. Nate Long added a double-double with 14 points and 14 rebounds. Carlos Rankins chipped in nine points and three assists and William Crandell added eight points and five rebounds. Jamel McAllister finished with seven points and three rebounds.
Catawba was led in scoring by KJ Arrington, who finished with 20 points, while Jameel Taylor added 17 points and five rebounds, and Andrew Ingram added 14 points and 11 rebounds. Troy Warren finished with 11 points and 13 rebounds.
Winston-Salem State will return to action on Wednesday evening, when the Rams will host the Braves of UNC Pembroke at 7:00pm in the CE Gaines Center.