LINCOLN UNIVERSITY, PA – Ameer Jackson scored 18 points and pulled down 10 rebounds in his Winston-Salem State debut, as the Rams rolled to a 77-64 road win over Lincoln University on Thursday night at Manuel Rivera Hall on the Lincoln campus.
With the win, Winston-Salem State moves to 5-4 overall and 1-0 in the CIAA, while Lincoln falls to 2-8 overall and 1-1 in the CIAA.
After falling behind 3-0, the WSSU Rams got a dunk from TJ Wilson, a layup from William Crandell and a 3-pointer from Ameer Jackson and the Rams were rolling, jumping out to an early eight point lead at 11-3.
WSSU would keep the pressure on, using some stifling defense, and solid shooting, and would take a 24-22 lead, and turn it into a 40-26 halftime advantage.
Coming out the second half, TJ Wilson started with a dunk, followed by a lay in from William Crandell, pushing the Rams lead to 16 points. After a Crandell free throw, the Rams took their largest lead of the night at 17 points, 45-28.
Winston-Salem State would maintain a double digit lead until midway through the second half, when the Lions cur the lead to eight points, at 58-50.
But the Rams refused to let the Lincoln Lions get any closer, buckling down on the defensive end, and going 6 for 6 from the charity stripe over the last two minutes, to come away with a big 77-64 road win.
The WSSU Rams were led by Ameer Jackson, who playing in his first game for the Rams, finished with 18 points, 10 rebounds and four assists. William Crandell added 17 points, two rebounds and two asissts, and Nate Long chipped in 10 points and two rebounds. Carlos Rankins came off the bench to add eight points and five rebounds, while TJ Wilson chipped in eight points and four rebounds.
Lincoln was led by Khayyir Laws who finished with 15 points, and Jordan Watson added 12 points. Malachi Seney chipped in nine points and Joshua Davis added eight points and five rebounds.
Winston-Salem State will travel to Fairmont, WV on Saturday, to take on the #2 ranked Fairmont State Falcons.