Rams Sneak Pass Bowie State 67-62

By L.A. Batchelor
Updated: January 31, 2005

Tirunesh Dibaba
Darrell Wonge

Winston-Salem, NC ––The Snow was falling outside and another ranked team playing WSSU was falling inside as the Rams of upset #13 Bowie State University 67-62. This is the second big win over a ranked team for the rams as they knocked off #1 Virginia Union.

The Rams jumped out to an early lead and used speed, agressiveness and great defense against one of the more tall and strong teams in the nation.

First half action saw the Rams jump out to a 10-6 lead only 2:24 into the contest on a deep three-pointer by Frank Johnson. The long three gave would spark a dominating performance by the Rams in the first half of play.

WSSU would increase its lead to a first-half high of 12 points at the midway point of the first half when true freshman Darrell Wonge hit a jump shot in traffic with 10:04 to play.

The Bulldogs would show their #13 ranking by storming back to cut the Rams lead to only three points. .

The Rams went on a run of their own to regain a double-digit lead over the Bulldogs, holding a 35-24 advantage with less than two minutes left in the first half en route to a 35-28 lead.

The second half was scary for the Rams as eventually Bowie State would take the lead away at the 10:24 mark when CIAA Player of the Year candidate Lee Cook took a feed from Brent Campbell and used an inside power move for an easy lay-in to put BSU up 49-47.

A Cook free-throw only 26 seconds later would give Bowie State their largest lead of the game, a three-point advantage at 54-51, with seven minutes remaining in the contest.

The lead would be short-lived for the Bulldogs as WSSU would close the game with a 16-9 run, hitting all but one of the game’s final seven free throws to preserve the 67-62 win, WSSU’s fourth straight win overall, and their 13th win of the 2004-05 season.

Leading the way for the Rams was Audly Wehner who recorded 19 points on 8-for-12 shooting as well as tallying nine rebounds. Wehner led three Rams in double-figures as Rashad McGee chipped in with 14 points and Alleggrie Guinn added 11.

Leading the way for the Bulldogs was Lee Cook who recorded 17 points and 10 rebounds in a losing effort.

With the win, the Rams improve to 13-5 overall, 6-1 in the CIAA, and remain at 1-1 in the CIAA Western Division. The Bulldogs fall to 15-3, 6-2 in the CIAA, and remain at 3-0 in the CIAA Eastern Division.

Bowie State Head Coach Luke D’Alessio said they had a chance at the end to steel the game but let it get away. “We were up by three, and honestly, I think that we stopped playing the kind of defense that got us back in the game, and offensively I think that we went to a one on one game, instead of reversing the ball and running our offense, and we got discouraged and stopped playing.”

Rams leading scorer Audly Wehner said the win came because of hard work and execution. “I think that we played hard and executed. Things went our way because of it.”

WSSU will return to action on Tuesday, February 1st, 2005 at 7:30 pm when they travel to Fayetteville, NC to take on the Broncos of Fayetteville State University at 7:30 pm in a CIAA Western Division contest.