FAIRMONT, WV – The Winston-Salem State University Rams fell behind early, and could not climb all the way back, as the Rams fell 94-82 to the #2 Fairmont State Falcons Saturday night at Joe Retton Arena in Fairmont, WV.
With the loss, Winston-Salem State falls to 5-5 overall, while the Falcons improve to 9-0.
The home standing Fairmont State Falcons ran out to a quick 12-0 lead before the Rams found their footing on a jump shot from Jamel McAllister.
WSSU quickly ran off six quick points to get back into the game, and close the Fairmont State lead to just four points, at 12-8.
Midway through the first half, Fairmont State would go back out in front by 10 points, but WSSU battled the much bigger #2 ranked Falcons, to keep the game with striking distance, before Fairmont would go on a late run to take 48-32 lead into the locker room at halftime.
Coming out of the locker room, WSSU turned up the defense, and by the 13:50 mark, had cut the lead back to single digits at 59-50.
Fairmont State would keep the pressure on the Rams and by midway through the second half, increased their lead to 19 points, at 69-50.
WSSU continued to fight, and never gave in, and at the 4:49 mark, had cut the lead to 10 points, before the Falcons ran off five quick points to go back in front by 15.
Winston-Salem State would eventually fight their way back to within nine points with 45 seconds remaining, before falling to Fairmont State, 94-82.
Winston-Salem State was led by Nate Long, who finished with 19 points and six rebounds. William Crandell added 18 points and four rebounds, and Ameer Jackson added 17 points and seven rebounds. Carlos Rankins chipped in nine points, four rebounds, three assists and two steals. TJ Wilson and Jamel McAllister added five points each, and McAllister also had three steals.
Fairmont State had four players finish in double figures, with Matt Bingaya leading the way with 22 points, six rebounds and three steals. Thomas Winbush added 14 points and eight rebounds, while D'Ondre Stockman chipped in 13 points and Troy Cantrell added 11 points.
WSSU will take a short break for the Christmas holiday, before returning to action on New Years Eve, when the Rams travel to Bowie State.