“Start Fast and Finish Strong!”- WSSU Men Edge Shaw University

By L.A. Batchelor
Updated: January 22, 2005

FAYETTEVILLE,N.C.—-The WSSU Rams came out knocking down 3 pointers, hitting their free throws and scoring off turnovers to get out to an early lead against the Shaw University Bears and had to hold them off in the second half on their way to a 76-72 victory. The Rams continued their winning ways led by Audly Wehner, who scored 20 points and pulled down 5 rebounds including 12 at the half. The Rams scored early and often thanks to 7 of 16 from the three point line and 11 of 12 from the free throw line. The defense caused turnovers that led to 14 points and the Rams never trailed in the first half and built a 46-33 half time lead. Jason Coleman battled hard to keep the Bears close with 10 first half points on 4 of 5 shooting and Shaw also stayed within striking distance thanks to fast break points and 20 points off the bench.

The game got much closer thanks to solid defense from Shaw and the Rams lack of free throw shooting. They only shot 8 for 15 in the second half(53.3%). But as Shaw battled hard and got close, the Rams always had and answer and held on for the 4 point win. The win gives WSSU an impressive 11-5 record including 4-1 in the CIAA. Shaw disappointing season continues as they drop to 3-13 overall and 1-4 in the CIAA. The Rams had 3 players score in double figures including Wehner with 20, Alleggrie Guinn with 18 and Darrell Wonge with 11. The Bears were led by Nate Aaron with 17 points, James Rosebud with 12 points and 10 rebounds and Jason Coleman with 12.

It was a hard fought game and a tough game says coach Phillip Stitt. “It was a tough game and we made it tougher than it should have been but you also have to give credit to Shaw and the way they played hard and battled us and kept coming the whole game”, he said.

Up next for the Rams is this Saturday, Jan. 22nd when they travel to take on St Paul.

(Lady Rams “Bear-ly” in the game-Lose big to the Lady Bears of Shaw)

Earlier at the Coliseum the Lady Rams were upended by the Shaw Lady Bears 89-71. The Lady Rams played tough hard defense and held the Lady Bears to only 41 percent shooting and they trailed only 41-37 at halftime. But too many turnovers led to 25 points for the Lady Bears and the Lady Rams were outscored 35 to 22 in the paint and 36 to 18 off the bench that led to their demise. The Lady Rams also allowed the Lady Bears to shoot 50 percent in the second half and outscore them 15 to 10 in fast break points.

The Lady Rams had 5 players score in double figures and were led by Shalonda Carter with 12 points and 10 rebounds, Kadina Baldwin, Nikki Eason and Latoya Armstrong all with 11 and Tiffany Tonkins with 10 points and 13 rebounds. The Lady Bears were led by Joy Hairston with a game high 20 points and 10 rebounds, Kiarsha Curtis with 17 points, Nastassia Boucicault with 13, Jessica Hawkins with 12, Bilisa Perkins with 11 and Jenna Bradford with 10.

The Lady Rams next game is this Saturday, Jan. 20th at St. Paul.