WINSTON-SALEM, NC – The Winston-Salem State Rams (9-10, 4-7 CIAA) took a heartbreaking 83-82 loss to the Livingstone Blue Bears (14-7, 7-5 CIAA), Saturday afternoon. The Rams took the loss in spite of one of their most balanced games of the season with four Rams reaching double digit scoring in the game.
As a team, the Rams had an impressive game in spite of the loss. The team shot was held to shooting just 37.3% (22-of-59) in the game, but the team was outgunned by a Livingstone team that shot 48.2% (27-of-56) loss. WSSU senior forward William Crandell led the way for the Rams with 17 points and 10 rebounds while fellow senior forward Jamel McAllister added 15 points with seven rebounds. Junior forward Mason Harrell added a career-high 15 points with eight rebounds.
The game was a competitive one for all 40 minutes. The first half was a tight one as neither team went ahead by more than three points for much of the quarter before playing to a 31-31 tie with just under three minutes left in the first half. However, the Rams allowed the Blue Bears to pull ahead 37-36 in the final minute of play in the first half before a WSSU foul at the buzzer and the resulting two made free throws left the Rams trailing, 39-16 at the end of the first half.
The second half was extremely dramatic. Things looked good for the Rams as the team took an eight-point lead, 79-71 with 4:43 left to play. The Rams lead was whittled down to just one point, 82-81 after a pair of free throws from Harrell with 00:31 left to play. The Rams made an attempt tp cushion their lead, but it fell short and a pair of clutch free throws from the Blue Bears sealed the Rams loss.
With the loss, the Rams fall to 9-10 overall and 4-7 in Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA). The team will return to action, Monday when the Rams head to Richmond, Va. to take on the Virginia Union Panthers. For more information on WSSSU Athletic Media Relations at (336) 750-2143 or log on towww.WSSURams.com.