BANNER ELK, NC – The Winston-Salem State Rams (4-19) could not find enough offense to keep up with the Lees-McRae Bobcats (19-7) in a 104-80 road loss, Tuesday evening. The Rams gave a solid overall effort, but the team could not keep up with the high-powered offense of the Bobcats.
The Rams took the loss in spite of some great individual performances in the game. As a team, the Rams shot 47.5% (29-of-61) from the floor in the game. However, the team's defensive effort was not quite on the same level as the team allowed the Bobcats to shoot 50.0% (32-of-64) from the floor. There was not a shortage of effort from senior forward William Crandell who scored a season-high 28 points in the game. The Rams were also outmuscled in the paint as the team was on the short end of a 40-28 rebounding deficit in the game. Crandell led the Rams' rebounding effort with four.
The Rams got off to a slow in the game and never quite recovered. The team opened the game, falling behind by as many as 15 points, 18-3, after the first seven minutes of play. The Rams would show some life as a free throw from junior guard Ray'Quelle Days that capped an 11-2 run by the Rams and pulled the team to within three points, 22-19 with 9:28 left in the half. The Rams suffered an offensive drought from there as the team went over three minutes without a field goal and fell behind, 31-19, before a jumper from junior guard James Rucker, II, with 6:56 left in the half. The rest of the half was a roller coaster for the Rams as the team fell behind by as many as 17 points before closing the half 48-38 deficit.
The second half saw some more effort from the Rams, but the team fell short against the offensive onslaught of the Bobcats. With just four points in the first four minutes of the half, the Rams fell behind, 63-42 before junior forward Jamel McAllister got a steal and hit a jumper with 15:20 left to play to end the drought. The Rams fell behind by as many as 29 points, but the team was able to cut their deficit down to 24 points to finish the game with the 104-80 loss.
With the loss, the Rams fall to 4-9 overall. The team will return to Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) play when the team heads to Fayetteville, North Carolina to take on the Fayetteville State Broncos in a CIAA Southern Division match-up. The game will be televised on the Aspire network. 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.