WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – The Winston-Salem State University fell behind early and couldn't make up the difference, as the Rams dropped a 84-66 CIAA contest to the Virginia State Trojans Thursday evening at the CE Gaines Center.

The loss drops the WSSU Rams to 5-8 overall and 1-3 in the CIAA, while Virginia State improves to 10-3 overall and 2-1 in the CIAA.

The WSSU Rams raced out to an early 10-6 lead, before Virginia State used a 14-1 run to take a nine point lead, midway through the first half.

William Crandell kept the Rams close with his inside scoring and rebounding, and  would cut the lead down to four points, before the Trojans exploded with a 14-3 run to finish the half and take a 45-30 lead into the locker room at the half.

The Trojans were able to maintain their double digit lead through the second half, but the WSSU Rams did not quit, and with 14:46 left, cut the lead to 12 points.

Virginia State would keep the pedal down on the gas and another 16-6 run to take their largest lead of the night at 24 points, leading 69-45.

The Rams would have an answer, and used their own 20-6 run to cut the lead to just 10 points, with 4:30 left to play.

But VSU would settle down and retake control of the game and finished the game with an 18 points advantage, 84-66.

William Crandell led the Rams with 20 points and four rebounds, while Ameer Jackson added 12 points and three rebounds. Robert Colon chipped in nine points and TJ Wilson scored eight points and pulled down eight rebounds.

Virginia State was led by Elijah Moore, who scored 19 points and pulled down 12 rebounds, and Richard Granberry added 17 points and five rebounds. Ken Woodard added 14 points, Walter Williams scored 12 points and Kevin Williams added 10 points and seven rebounds for the Trojans.