BLUEFIELD, WV – The Winston-Salem State Rams (4-3) rolled to their fourth win in their last five games when the team took a 79-63 win over the Bluefield State Big Blues (3-5), Saturday afternoon. The Rams took the win behind a balanced offensive attack and a strong defensive performance.
As a team, the Rams had a solid offensive performance. The Rams shots 43.9% (25-of-57) from the floor in the game. WSSU senior forward William Crandell led three Rams in double-digit scoring with 22 points in the game. Junior guard Robert Colon added 15 points while junior guard Julius Barnes added 11 points. Colon also led the WSSU rebounding effort with six rebounds.
The Rams took control of the game early and never looked back. The team opened the game with a 14-2 lead. From there, The teams largest lead of the half came when a Crandell jumper left the Rams on top, 22-7 with 8:44 left in the first half. However, the Rams allowed the Big Blues to work their way back into the game, cut the WSSU lead down to just two points, 31-29 with 1:03 left in the first half. However, the Rams did not let up, taking a 38-31 halftime lead.
In the second half, the Rams continued to pull away and brought home the win. A Barnes lay-up with 18:58 left to play gave the Rams a 44-31 lead. However, Bluefield State would not go away as they Rams' lead was once again cut down to 10 points, but the Rams allowed them no closer as they pulled away for the win.
With the win, the Rams improve to 4-3 on the season. The Rams will return to action, Monday, when they return to the road to take on the Morris College Hornets. 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.