WINSTON-SALEM, NC – The Winston-Salem State Rams (3-8, 1-1 CIAA) got back to their winning ways, Saturday afternoon when the team took a 64-56 win over the Lincoln (Pa.) Lions (6-6, 1-1 CIAA). The Rams turned to their defense to get the win as they held the Lions to just 56 points and shooting just 34.4% (21-of-61) from the floor.
Though the Rams had their share of offensive struggles, the team was able to turn to its defense to pull out the win. As a team, the Rams shot 41.2% (21-of-51) from the floor in the game. WSSU junior forward William Crandell led the way with a double-double 18 points and 11 rebounds in the game while sophomore guard Robert Colon added 17 points off the bench.
The Rams took control of the game with a strong first half of play and never looked back. From the very beginning, defense was the order of the day as the Rams and the Lions combined for just 40 first half points. The Rams opened the game with a 6-2 lead before allowing the Lions to pull to within one point, 11-10 with 6:05 left in the half. The Rams would pull away late when a Colon three-pointer left the Rams on top, 23-13 with 1:47 left to play. From there, the Rams were able to hold on to their 10-point cushion and held their 25-15 lead at halftime.
The two teams would both come alive offensively, but the Rams would not let their victory slip away. The Rams pushed their lead to as many as 15 points, 32-17 with 17:12 left to play. The Rams would not be without challenges as Lincoln (Pa.) cut the WSSU lead down to just two points twice in the remainder of the game. However, the Rams would never relent. The team's first challenge came at the 9:02 mark when Lincoln (Pa.) hit a pair of free throws to leave the Rams on top, 40-38. However, the Rams scored five unanswered points to stay ahead of the Lions. The Rams' next challenge came with 5:38 left to play when the team allowed the Lions to pull to within two points, 47-45. However, the Rams went on a 9-2 run, capped by a three-pointer from junior forward Jamel McAllister with 2:59 left to play left the Rams on top, 58-47. After going ahead by as many as 11 points, 64-53 in the final minute of play, the Rams cruised to the victory with allowing just three more points to the Lions.
With the win, the Rams improve to 3-8 overall. The team will return to action, Monday when they host the Bowie State Bulldogs in a 6:00 p.m. game at the C.E. Gaines Center on the campus of Winston-Salem State University. For more information on Rams basketball, contact the WSSU Office of Athletic Media Relations at (336) 750-2143 or log on to www.WSSURams.com.