WINSTON-SALEM, NC – The Winston-Salem State Rams (4-2, 2-0 CIAA) continued their great play of late when the team took an 84-70 win over the Lincoln (Pa.) Lions (1-7, 0-2 CIAA), Monday. The Rams combined a tremendous offensive effort with some great defense to claim the win.
The Rams took the win behind one of their best overall efforts of the season. The Rams shot a scorching hot 55.8% (29-of-52) in the game while holding the Lions to shooting just 34.4% (22-of-64) from the floor. The Rams' hot shooting extended to the three-point line where the team shot 52.9% (nine-of-17) from long range. WSSU senior guard Robert Colon kept up his strong play of late with 22 points off the bench for the Rams. Sophomore guard Jaylen Alston added 15 points as well. Fellow sophomore guard Jonathan Hicklin added 10 points. Senior forward Mason Harrell had 10 points with six rebounds.
Winston-Salem State took control of the game from the very beginning. The Rams put on a dominating first half effort with a 50-24 performance in the period. A pair of free throws from Alston gave the Rams their largest lead of the half, 49-22 with 00:33 left in the half.
The Rams kept things going in the second half. The Rams were outscored, 46-34 in the half, but the Rams did enough to claim the win. The Rams held their lead at 20 points, 80-60 after a three-pointer from senior guard Dontae Caldwell with3:12 left to play. From there, the Rams allowed the Lions to chip away, but the team would not allow their win to slip away as they claimed their victory, 84-70.
The win was the third in a row for the Rams. With the win, the team improved to 4-2 overall and 2-0 in Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) play. The Rams will get their first taste of action on the road when the team heads to Orangeburg, S.C. to take on the Claflin Panthers, Monday evening. 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.