Rams Look Good! -Win Second Straight Conference Game

By LA Batchlor
Updated: January 11, 2005

Alleggrie Guinn
Alleggrie Guinn

Elizabeth City, NC – No matter how bad your season can be going, it’s always good to knock off an undefeated team. Seemingly that’s just what the doctor ordered for the Rams as the Winston-Salem State University men’s basketball team upset victory over the previously unbeaten and #1 ranked Panthers of Virginia Union on Tuesday, and another stellar performance on Thursday evening in Elizabeth City, NC with a 60-46 victory over the Elizabeth City State University Vikings for their second straight conference victory in an intra-division CIAA basketball matchup.

The team that took the floor on Thursday evening looked exactly like the team that defeated #1 Virginia Union on January 4th as WSSU once again came out with guns blazing, hitting shots from all over the court.

Junior guard Alleggrie Guinn was once again the catalyst for the Rams as he scored 15 of his game-high 18 points in the contest’s first half, connecting on two of his three attempts from long range.

Following Guinn’s lead, the Rams would never trail in the game, and the game’s only tie would be the 0-0 deadlock at the opening tip as WSSU took a nine-point lead to the locker room at halftime.

The Rams continued to use a consistent effort on both the offensive and defensive ends of the court for the next ten minutes of play, eventually pushing their lead to as many as 19 points at 51-34 on an Audly Wehner free throw with 8:46 remaining in the game.

Elizabeth City State would fall short on one last bid for a comeback and the Rams would cruise to the win, their sixth straight victory over the Vikings, extending the ECSU victory drought against WSSU to five seasons.

Guinn who scored 18 points in the contest was joined by Frank Johnson with 11 points and Darnell Gregory with eight.

Leading the way for the Vikings was Courtney Castro with 11 points as he was the only Viking player to break into double-digits in scoring as ECSU shot a mediocre 39.0% (16 for 41) from the field in the loss.

With the win, the Rams improve to 9-4 overall and remain perfect in the CIAA at 2-0. The Vikings fall to 6-6 overall and 0-1 in the CIAA with the loss.