BOWIE, MD – The Winston-Salem State University Rams had three players score in double-figures, but fell behind early and couldn't overcome the deficit, as they would fall 82-68 to the Bowie State Bulldogs on New Year's Eve at the AC Jordan Arena on the Bowie State campus.
With the loss, the Rams fall to 5-6 overall and 1-1 in the CIAA, while the Bulldogs improve to 6-7 overall and 3-0 in the CIAA.
Bowie State scored the game's first points and although the Rams were able to tie the game, they would never lead or get any closer as the Bulldogs jumped on the visiting Rams early. By midway through the first half, WSSU trailed by 11 points.
Winston-Salem State was not going to quit, and by the 11 minute mark of the second half had cut the lead to single digits at eight points, following a William Crandell dunk.
But on this night, it was all Bulldogs, as Bowie State would go on another big run, this time a 14-2 run, to go back out in front by 20.
WSSU would battle back again, and would cut the lead to 10 points with 2:39 left to play, before eventually dropping the CIAA contest, 82-68.
WSSU outscored Bowie State in points off of turnovers (19-9) and second chance points (15-8), but lost the points in the paint (34-30).
The Rams were led in scoring by Ameer Jackson, who finished with 20 points and four rebounds. William Crandell added a double-double with 15 points and 13 rebounds, while Carlos Rankins finished with 13 points.
Bowie State was led by Dayshawn Wells' 22 points, and Enuoma Ebinum added 19 points and eight rebounds. Brian Kelley, Michael Briscoe and Khary Doby each chipped in 11 points, with Briscoe also pulling down eight rebounds and dishing out six assists.