WINSTON-SALEM, NC – The Winston-Salem State Rams (3-2, 1-0 CIAA) put on their best performance of the season when the team took an 88-65 win over the Bowie State Bulldogs (2-3, 0-1 CIAA), Saturday afternoon. The Rams scored a season-high 88 points in their first Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) game of the season.
The Rams took the win behind a scorching hot shooting performance. Though the team did the bulk of its damage from inside the paint, the team was also impressive from long range where they shot 54.5% (six-of-11). WSSU senior guard Robert Colon led the way for the Rams with his first career double-double. He scored a game-high 21 points with 10 rebounds off the bench. Sophomore guard Jonathan Hicklin added 15 points while fellow sophomore Jaylen Alston added 11 points.
Winston-Salem State took control of the game with a great first half effort. The Rams fell behind 12-14 after a BSU three-pointer with 12:34 left in the first half, but the team answered with an Alston three-point play that gave the Rams a 15-14 lead. The play sparked a 15-3 run for the Rams that left WSSU ahead, 28-17 after another Alston lay-up. From there, the Rams never looked back as the team went on take a 51-33 halftime lead.
In the second half, the Rams didn't let up as they continued to roll their way to the win. WSSU went on to push their lead to as many as 36 points, 71-35 with 10:16 left in the game. It was a lay-up from sophomore forward Melvin Huntley, Jr. that paved the way for the Rams' win. From there, holding on the lead was easy for the Rams. The head had to fend off a late run by the Bulldogs, but in the end, the Rams held on to claim the 88-65 victory.
With the win, the Rams improve to 3-2 overall and they open CIAA play with a 1-0 record The Rams will return to action, Monday evening when the team hosts the Lincoln (Pa.) Lions in a 7:30 p.m. game. For more information on Rams men's basketball, contact the WSSU Office of Athletic Media Relations at (33^) 750-2143 or log on to www.WSSURams.com.