BOWIE, MD – The Winston-Salem State Rams (5-6) gave a great second half effort, but it was not quite enough when the team took a 75-72 loss at Bowie State, Saturday afternoon. After trailing for much of the second half, the Rams clawed their way back to take a late lead, but the team's effort fell just short in the final seconds of the tough loss.
The loss came in spite of a solid overall effort by the Rams. The team put on an impressive effort both offensively and defensively in the game. As a team, the Rams shot a solid 41.4% (24-of-58), but the team could not keep up with a scorching hot shooting night by the Bulldogs who shot 49.2% (29-of-59) in the game. WSSU senior guard Robert Colon led the way for the Rams with 20 points in the game. He was the only WSSU player to reach double-digit scoring in the game.
The game was a competitive one from the very beginning as neither team established a significant lead during the first half. The Rams would take a four-point lead, 15-11 after a three-pointer from redshirt-senior guard Dontae Caldwell with 13:02 left in the first half. However, the Rams allowed the Bulldogs to erase their lead near the midway point of the half and WSSU would not regain the lead for the remainder of the half. In the final minutes of the half, the Rams fell behind by as many as nine points, 39-30 with just over a minute left in the half. The team was able to cut their deficit down to six points, 41-35 at halftime.
The second half saw a better performance from the Rams as they outscored the Bulldogs, 37-34, but WSSU allowed some key scores by BSU to close out the hard-fought loss. The Rams opened the second half on a high note as they cut their deficit down to just two points, 47-45 after a pair of Colon free throws with 16:14 left to play. The free throws capped a 10-6 run by the Rams that opened the half. After keeping the Bulldogs within five points for much of the half, the Rams kicked things into gear near the midway point of the half and erased their deficit. A tip-in from sophomore guard Jaylen Alston completed the Rams' comeback and gave WSSU its first lead of the second half, 60-59 with 8:30 left in the game. The drama continued for the remainder of the game as neither team went ahead by more than five points for the rest of the game. Another pair of Colon free throws would give the Rams a 68-67 lead with 4:05 left in the game. However, the Rams allowed some key scores by the Bulldogs that allowed them to reclaim the lead. WSSU kept the game within reach, however, as they trailed 75-72 with the ball and two seconds left to play. However a WSSU three-pointer that would have tied the game was off the mark and ended the game for the Rams.
With the loss, the Rams fall to 5-6 overall. The team will return to action, Thursday evening when they host the Virginia State Trojans at the C.E. Gaines Center on the campus of Winston-Salem State University. For more information on Rams basketball, contact the WSSU Office of Athletic Media Relations at (336) 750-2143 or log on to www.WSSURams.com.