WSSU Rolls Over Virginia Union, 87-73, For Big Win

WINSTON-SALEM, NC – WSSU's William Crandell scored a career high 33 points and Robert Colon added 18 points, as the Winston-Salem State Rams cruised to a 87-73 win over Virginia Union on Saturday night at the CE Gaines Center.

The win moves the Rams to 4-4 on the season, while Virginia Union falls to 6-3.

The Rams shock and awe style of play was on full display in the first half, as WSSU trailing 7-6, used a 28-8 run to moved out in front 34-15 with 3:25 left in the first half.

Winston-Salem State University would keep the pressure squarely on the Panthers, and would take a 21 points lead into half time.

William Crandell worked on a monster night, going eight of 10 from the field, and WSSU held Virginia Union to 31% shooting and forced nine turnovers.

Early in the second half, it looked as though the Rams would blow the Panthers out the gym, extending their lead to 27 points on two occasions, before the VUU Panthers would regroup and make a run of their own, using a 28-13 run to cut the lead to 14 at 69-54 with 6:29 remaining.

But Winston-Salem State would regroup , and settle back in to some good basketball on both ends of the court, and with 4:03 left to play extended their lead back to 21 points, at 75-64.

Virginia Union had one more run in them, as they cut the lead to just 12 points at 45 second mark of the second half, but the Rams would go six for six from the free throw line coming downthe stretch to secure the win.

WSSU shot a blistering 52% from the floor, and were just as good from the charity stripe, 23 of 30 (77%).

Winston-Salem State got a career high 33 points from William Crandell, to go with eight rebounds and two steals, to pace the Rams. Robert Colon added 18 points, three assists and two rebounds, and Carlos Rankins added 11 points, four rebounds and an assist. Nate Long chipped in eight points and pulled down eight rebounds, and TJ Wilson added six points, five rebounds, one assist and one steal. Xavier Mills finished with six points and two rebounds and Stephen Pippins finished with five points, four rebounds and three blocks.

Virginia Union was led by Ray Anderson, who pumped in 32 points and seven rebounds, and Kory Cooley added 13 points, three rebounds and three assists in a losing effort.

Winston-Salem State will take a 12-day break for final exams before hitting the road for a conference game for their next contest, as the Rams will travel to Lincoln, PA to take on Lincoln University on December 15th.

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