RALEIGH, NC – Winston-Salem State fought valiantly, but their comeback effort came up just short, as the Rams fell to the St. Augustine's Falcons, 70-62, at Emery Gym.
The loss drops the WSSU Rams to 5-9 overall, 1-4 in the CIAA and 0-1 in the Southern Division, while St. Augustine's improves to 10-8 overall, 4-3 in the CIAA and 1-0 in the Southern Division.
Ameer Jackson started the scoring in this opening divisional game, as he would connect on a deep three pointer to give WSSU the early 3-0 lead.
After a made basket by St. Augustine's, the Rams would run off seven consecutive points to take a 10-2 lead.
St. Augustine's would turn up their defensive pressure and a would use a 13-4 run to surge out in front, 15-14, and would use another big run of 21-6, to take a commanding 36-20 lead into the locker room at the half.
Early in the second half, the Rams would suffer a blow, when Jamel McAllister would drive to the basket, and WSSU head coach, James Wilhelmi, would erupt at the no call, and quickly draw two technical fouls, and was ejected from the game.
The Falcons would increase their lead to 21 points, before Winston-Salem State would continue to play hard, and eventually found their footing cutting the large deficit down to single digits, and eventually down to a mere five points, on a Jamel McAllister three pointer with 4:30 left to play.
And although the Rams fought hard on both ends of the floor, the Falcons converted from the free throw line for their final 20 points of the game.
Once again WSSU was able to get the deficit under 10 points in the final minute, St. Augustine's was able to gain control and took a 70-62 win.
Winston-Salem State was led in scoring by Ameer Jackson who finished with 19 points, while Robert Colon added 14 points. Jamel McAllister pulled down seven rebounds and TJ Wilson added five rebounds and five points.
St. Augustine's was led by Quincy January who scored 19 points and pulled down 10 rebounds. Anthony Gaskins added 15 points and, and Kasey Bryant chipped in 11 points. Kenneth Collins recorded 10 points for the Falcons.
Winston-Salem State will be back in action on Monday afternoon, hosting the Chowan Hawks at 3:00pm.