A Very American Coup By Michael – Louis Ingram, Editor-in-Chief...
Rams Get Clobbered By the Falcons
NORTH CAROLINA—The Winston Salem State University Rams knew coming into the game against CIAA Western Division leading Saint Augustine that the task of winning would be extremely difficult. They were right. A dominanting effort from Antonio Fitzgerald, Nicholas King and Claude Neely led to an easy 90-68 win for the Falcons of Saint Augustine Tuesday Night at Emery Gym in Raleigh, NC.
The Rams fell behind in the early-going and never fully recovered as the Falcons shot well over 60 percent from the floor and 53 percent from behind the arc while the Rams shot poorly from the floor, 3 point line and even the free throw line leading to a huge lead at half time for the Falcons 42-27. The Rams shot 34 percent from the line, 22 percent from the 3 point line and shot a dismal 42 percent at the free throw line.
The Rams stayed in the game for a little while in the thanks to easy points off of Falcon turnovers and solid play from their bench but they were dominated inside by Fitzgerald, King and Neely. The Rams were out muscled, hustled and scored inside 48-22 for the game. In the end it was too much scoring inside and too little defense from the Rams that led to the victory for the Falcons.
The Falcons came out in the 2nd half and went on a 8-3 run to extend their lead to twenty at 50-30. Both teams traded baskets for about 8 minutes then finally the Falcons run-and-gun style took over as they outscored the Rams 40-38 the rest of the way making the final score 90-68.
The Rams were led Allegrie Guinn with 19 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assist. Guinn was the only Ram to score in double figures. The Falcons were led by Antonio Fitzgerald with 24 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assist, Claude Neely with 21 points and 8 rebounds and Nicholas King with 20 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assist.
With the loss the Rams drop to fall to 13-9 overall on the season 6-6 in the CIAA overall and 2-4 in the CIAA Western Division. The Falcons improve their record with the win to 15-5 overall and 9-4 in the CIAA overall and 6-1 CIAA West.
The Rams get back on the hard court Saturday, February 11, 2006 at 7:30 PM as they travel to Brayboy Gymnasium in Charlotte, NC to face the 23rd ranked team in the nation, the Golden Bulls of Johnson C. Smith University.