WINSTON-SALEM, NC – Winston-Salem State had a chance to tie or take the lead in the final seconds, but Ameer Jackson's shot went wide left, as the Rams fell to the Shaw Bears, 64-62 Wednesday night at the CE Gaines Center.
With the loss, Winston-Salem State falls to 6-10 overall, 2-5 in the CIAA and 0-2 in the Southern Division. Shaw improves to 7-9 overall, 3-3 in the CIAA and 1-0 in the Southern Division.
Another quick start got the Rams out in front early, on a three pointer from Robert Colon, and two free throws from TJ Wilson. A put back dunk and two free throws from Stephen Pippins gave WSSU a 9-4 lead. WSSU would increase its lead to six points at 12-6 coming out of the first media timeout, before Shaw settled in.
The Bears would tie the game at 12-12 and briefly took a small lead, before the teams would go back and forth, and WSSU would tie the game on a Jamel McAllister dunk.
The second half was much like the first, with intense defense and timely shooting from both teams.
WSSU jumped on the Bears and used a 7-2 run to take a three point lead, at 35-32.
Shaw answered back with a 14-2 of their own, and quickly erased the Rams lead and took and 8 point lead, 46-38.
The game would be tied twice coming down the stretch, and Robert Colon gave WSSU a one point lead at 61-60 with 2:21 left to play.
Ameer Jackson would make one of two free throws with 54 second left to give the Rams a two point lead, but Shaw's Larry Richardson came up with his biggest shot of the night, a three pointer from the corner to give Shaw a 63-62 advantage.
Winston-Salem State had a chance to tie or win the game, but Ameer Jackson missed a 3-pointer with time running out to give Shaw the win.
WSSU was led in scoring by Ameer Jackson, who finished with 13 points and six rebounds, and Jamel McAllister added 10 points, five rebounds and three assists. Robert Colon chipped in eight points, and Julius Barnes also added eight points. Williams Crandell finished with seven points and five rebounds.
Shaw was led by Larry Richardson, who finished with a game high 24 points, while Joshua Cassady added 16 points and eight rebounds.