Rams Fall Short Late in 78-66 Loss at Elizabeth City State

ELIZABETH CITY, NC  - There was no shortage of fight in the Winston-Salem State Rams (4-11, 2-4 CIAA), but the team fell short in a 78-66 road loss to the Elizabeth City State Vikings (5-5, 1-2 CIAA), Monday evening. The Rams had a solid showing in the game, but the team didn't have what it took to keep up with the Vikings, Monday.

The Rams took the loss in spite of a solid overall effort in the game. As a team, the Rams shot a solid 42.6% (23-of-54) from the floor, but the team struggled defensively, allowing the Vikings to shoot 46.4% (26-of-56) from the floor. WSSU junior forward William Crandell led the way for the Rams with a game-high 18 points with eight rebounds in the game while fellow junior forward Jamel McAllister added 15 points. Sophomore guard Robert Colon added 10 points.

Things looked good early for the Rams as the team had a hard-fought first half. After keeping the Vikings within reach for much of the early action, the Rams claimed their first lead of the game when a McAllister lay-up with 12:10 left in the half put the Rams on top, 14-13. Elizabeth City State reclaimed the lead, but the Rams kept the Vikings within reach for the rest of the half. The Rams fell behind by as many as six points in the final minutes, but the Rams cut their deficit in half when McAllister converted a three-point play at the buzzer to leave the Rams trailing, 35-34 at halftime.

The second half told a different story for the Rams. Instead of a late rally, the Rams suffered a late drought in the loss. The Rams made use of the momentum early in the second half when junior guard James Rucker, II hit a jumper with 19:33 left to play to put the Rams ahead, 36-35. The Rams went ahead by as many as three points, but the team soon fell behind near the midway point in the half and the team would not recover. The Rams fell behind by as many as 16 points before making a comeback effort late in the game. A Colon three-pointer with just a second left ended the game and left the Rams with the 78-66 loss.

With the loss, the Rams fall to 4-11 overall and 2-4 in Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) play. The Rams will return to action, Saturday when the team hosts the Saint Augustine's Falcons in a 4:00 p.m. game. For more information on Rams men's basketball, contact the WSSU Office of Athletic Media Relations at (336) 750-2143 or log on to www.WSSURams.com.