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Rams Clip The Tigers
Winston Salem, NC- The Winston Salem State Rams had to use strong defense and cut down on turnovers leading to points to take a 5 point lead at halftime enroute to a 12 point win over Saint Paul College 88-76 at the C.E. Gaines Center on the campus of Winston Salem University in Winston Salem. Both teams shot really well in the first half with the Tigers shooting 48 percent from the floor and 60 percent from the 3 point line while the Rams shot an imprressive 54 percent from the floor and a sizzling 71percent shooting from behind the arc on 5-7 shooting. The Rams got out to a 14- 7 lead on the strength of Darrell Wonge who scored 12 of the Rams 14 points including three 3 pointers with about 16 minutes to play. The Tigers kept the game close throughout the first half until the Rams went on a 10-1 run with Corey Parker scoring 7 points in that span including three big 3 pointers extending the Rams lead to 29-19. The Tigers continued to shoot well and continued to keep the game close and narrowed the gap back to 29-26 after a layup by Omar Shands. But the Tigers defense was non-existent as it was throughout the first half and the Rams continued to score at will and took a 40-35 lead.
After the intermission, the Tigers came out with a roar, scoring seven of the first eleven points in the second half led by Jack Browne to cut the lead to 46-42. The Tigers and Rams continued their hot shooting in the second half with the Tigers shooting 47 percent from the floor and 37 percent from 3pt land while the Rams continued their exceptional shooting at 60 percent from the floor and 60 percent from behind the arc although they only took 3 shots and made 1.
With the game tightly played and the score 46-44, the Rams went on another run to extend the lead and seemingly put the game away for good. WSSU’s Jamal Durham, got a rebound off a miss by the Tigers and passed the ball to Curtis Hines for a layup and a 48-44 lead. After a free throw by Hines, Audly Wehner made a nice strong move in the paint that extended the Rams lead to 51-44. The Rams continued the scoring when the Tigers Tristian Rankin turned the ball over that led to a fast break with a pass down to Wehner who missed the shot and got his own miss and layed the ball in the basket for a 53-44 lead with 14:40 left in the contest. After a 3 pointer from the Tigers Maurice Boatwright, the Rams pulled away with big buckets from their leaders, Audley Wehner, Alleggrie Guinn and Darrell Wonge. The lead balloon to eleven points on three occasions and 13 on 3 other occasions and as high as 14 once. The Tigers continued to battle throughout the second half but end the end, the Rams proved to be too much for Tigers on the offensive end and the Rams closed out the Tigers 88-76.
The Rams have 5 players score in double figures led by Darrell Wonge who had a career high 23 points and 5 rebounds on an incredible 9 of 10 shooting. Wonge also shot 4 of 5 from the line and made his only 3 point attempt. Frank Johnson and Corey Parker scored 15 points each, Audly Wehner had 11 points and Alleggrie Guinn added 10 points and 6 rebounds. The Tigers of Saint Augustine were led by Omar Shands with 17 points and 10 rebounds and Bruce Royal with 16 points, 10 assist and 5 rebounds.
With the victory, the Rams improve to 10-5 overalL(5-2 in the CIAA, 2-0 in the CIAA West). The lost dropped the Tigers to 6-8 overall(0-5 in the CIAA, 0-2).
The Rams return to the hardcourt Tuesday, Jan 24th when they travel to Petersburg, VA to battle the Trojans of Virginia State University at 7:30pm.