RICHMOND, VA – Winston-Salem State had four players score in double figures, but it wasn't enough as Virginia Union nailed a three pointer with 2.8 seconds to tie the game, and then converted 1 of 2 free throws with 1.2 seconds remaining to complete a comeback to defeat the Rams, 83-82 at Barco-Stevens Hall on the Virginia Union campus on Monday night.
With the loss, the Winston-Salem State University Rams fall to 5-7 overall and 1-2 in the CIAA, while the Virginia Union Panthers improve to 9-4 overall and 1-0 in the CIAA.
The WSSU Rams started slow and fell behind 9-2 early, before fighting back to take their first lead at 26-25 with 5:48 to play in the first half.
The Rams were able to keep Virginia Union at bay through the first 20 minutes, and take a 37-34 lead into the locker room at the half.
Coming out of the break, WSSU looked to take control of the game and by the 10:27 mark, had taken a double digit lead, and took their largest lead of the night at 63-52.
But over the next several minutes, the Rams had difficulty putting the ball in the basket and the Panthers got hot, turning the 11 point deficit into a one point lead at 77-76 with 2:21 remaining.
The final minutes the game would go back and forth, and WSSU's Julius Barnes would come up with a steal and was fouled with 11 second left to play. Barnes would hit both free throws to give the Rams a three point lead at 82-79, before the Panthers called a timeout to get their strategy together for their final shot.
With 3 second remaining, VUU's Ray Anderson would drain a 3-pointer to tie the game at 82-82.
The Rams would turn the ball over on the inbounds, giving the panthers the ball under their own basket.
WSSU would be called for a foul, sending William Jenkins to the line with 1.8 remaining. Jenkins would hit one of two free throws, giving the Panthers a one point lead with 1.2 to go.
WSSU's last shot at the win would come up short, giving Virginia union the 83-82 win.
WSSU was led in scoring by Julius Barnes, who scored 18 points, to go along with four assists, four steals and three rebounds. Ameer Jackson added 16 points, four rebounds, four assists and two steals. Robert Colon scored 15 points and William Crandell chipped in a double-double with 14 points, 10 rebounds, one assist and one steal. TJ Wilson added nine points and four rebounds.
Virginia Union was led by Ray Anderson, who scored 20 points, to go with six rebounds, four assists and two steals. Tavon Mealy added 17 points and seven rebounds, and Kory Cooley finished with 14 points, four assists and three rebounds.