WINSTON-SALEM, NC – Winston-Salem State had five players score in double figures, and the Rams freshman made a major contribution, as WSSU held off Chowan University, 80-75, Monday afternoon at the CE Gaines Center.
With the win, Winston-Salem State improves to 6-9 overall and 2-4 in the CIAA, while Chowan falls to 10-4 overall and 4-2 in the CIAA.
WSSU raced out to a quick 10-4 lead, and increased that lead to 19-14, midway through the first half.
The two teams would go back and forth scoring baskets, before Chowan would tie the game twice, late in the first half, and used an 11-8 run to close the half and took a 35-32 lead into halftime.
The Winston-Salem State Rams come out in the second half and immediately tied the game at 35-35, behind a 3-pointer by Robert Colon.
Once again the team would go back and forth.
The contest featured 11 ties and 13 different lead changes thought the 40 minutes.
Defensively, the Rams were engaged throughout the entire game, and showed plenty of energy on both the offensive and defensive ends of the floor.
Julius Barnes hit a three pointer to cut a one point deficit into a two point lead for the Rams at 75-73 with 1:43 to play in the game. WSSU would then hold Chowan scoreless on their next two possessions and were forced to foul, sending the Rams to the line late in the game. Robert Colon hit 3-4 from the free throw line coming down the stretch, and scored on a jump shot with 50 second left to play.
Chowan made just two baskets over the final 2:00 of the game, and WSSU would come away with a big win, upsetting Chowan 80-75.
Robert Colon found his shot, leading the Rams with 19 points, while Jamel McAllister added 16 points, three assists and two steals. Ameer Jackson scored 11 points and had four assists and three rebounds and William Crandell also added 11 points and three rebounds. TJ Wilson chipped in 10 points.
Chowan was led by Marco Haskins' 20 points, and Jeremy Smith added 17 points and five rebounds. Kevin Kuteyi scored 15 points and had five rebounds and Joe Goodwin added 14 points and five rebounds.
Winston-Salem State will host Shaw University in another key Southern Division showdown on Wednesday evening at 7:3pm at the CE Gaines Center.