WINSTON-SALEM, NC – Robert Colon scored a career high 35 points, but it wasn't enough, as the Rams dropped a five point game, 101-96, to the Livingstone College Blue Bears Saturday at the CE Gaines Center.
With the loss WSSU falls to 8-11 overall, 4-6 in the CIAA and 2-3 in the Southern Division. Livingstone improves to 8-12 overall, 5-5 in the CIAA and 4-1 in the Southern Division.
The rivalry between the Rams and Blue Bears took center stage on this afternoon, as in this intense divisional matchup, the score was ties eight times, and the lead changed hands nine times.
The game would be played even through the first 5:30 minutes, before Livingstone would go on a 12-2 run to jump out in front by 10 points, 24-12.
The Winston-Salem State Rams would answer, behind Jamel McAllister, Robert Colon and TJ Wilson, who combined for 11 points as the Rams, got back into the game, before trailing by seven points, 42-35 heading into halftime.
In the second half, the Blue Bears were opportunistic, and used their size advantage to keep the Rams at bay.
Nate Long got the Rams going with a dunk, but the Blue Bears would then go on a 10-5 run to increase their lead to nine points at 64-55, with 8:33 to play.
WSSU would answer with their own run, 15-7, to regain the lead at 71-70 with 3:53 to play.
Livingstone would outscore WSSU, 9-8, coming down the stretch to tied the game at 79-79 over the last 3:53 to send the game into overtime.
Robert Colon brought his hot hand with him into overtime, as he tried to single handedly keep the Rams in font, by scoring 10 of his 35 points in the period.
But on this night, the overtime period was controlled by Livingstone, as they would outscore the Rams 22-17, to hold off the Rams 101-96 for the win.
WSSU was led by Robert Colon, who scored a game and career high 35 points, and TJ Wilson added 16 points. William Crandell added 11 points and nine rebounds, while Ameer Jackson and Carlos Rankins chipped in 10 points apiece.
Livingstone College was led by Eric Dortch-Jones, who scored 25 points, while Roger Ray added 20 points. David Duncan chipped in 15 points and nine rebounds, and Jimmy Wilson scored 14 points and pulled down six rebounds.
Winston-Salem State University will return to action on Monday night at the Gaines Center, as the Rams will host Elizabeth City State University at 7:30pm.