Rams Pull Off The Upset Over No 23 Ranked Johson C. Smith

By L.A. Batchelor
Updated: February 15, 2006

CHARLOTTE, NC – The Winston-Salem State University Rams used hot shooting from the floor, 3 pt line and from the free throw line to snap a 2 game losing streak and upset the 23rd ranked Golden Bulls of Johnson C. Smith University at Brayboy Gymnasium in Charlotte winning easily 81-57.

The Rams shot an impressive 65 percent from the floor, 55 percent from behind the arc and 90 percent from the free throw line making 10 of 11 in the first half. The Rams came out fast and furious on the Golden Bulls taking an early 22-8 lead after a jumper from Curtis Hines with 10:42 left in the first half. The Rams continued their offensive strike as they took an impressive 22 point lead after a 3 pointer and a basket by Corey Parker made the score 34-12 with 8:10 remaining in the first half. The lead ballooned to 26 after free throws by Audly Wehner as the Rams continued to cruise in the first half leading 46-20. The Golden Bulls outscored the Rams 6-3 over the last 3 minutes of the first half cutting the lead to 49-26 at halftime.

The second half started pretty much like the end of the first half ended with the teams trading baskets and the Golden Bulls still down 23 points with just over 17 minutes to play. The Rams shot well in the second half but not as well as the first allowing the Golden Bulls to get back into the game a little but not enough to make it really close because of their continued poor shooting. The Golden Bulls shot a meager 29 percent in the first half and not much better in the second half as they shot 39 percent. The lead for the Rams got up to 28 points after a jumper by Frank Johnson before the Golden Bulls outscored the Rams 11-8 run trimming the lead back to 25 with just over 4 minutes to play. Once again the Rams and Golden Bulls traded baskets the rest of the way for the last 4 minutes of the game and the final was 81-57.

The Rams were led by All-CIAA forward Audly Wehner with 25 points and 7 rebounds and All-CIAA guard Alleggrie Guinn with 15.

The Golden Bulls were led by David Sanders who scored 13 points and four rebounds.

With the win, the Rams move to 14-9 overall and improve to 7-6 in the CIAA (3-4 CIAA West). The Golden Bulls dropped to 18-5, 10-2.

WSSU returns to action on Tuesday, February 14, 2006 at 7:30 pm in a Valentine’s Day contest versus the Blue Bears of Livingstone College at the LJVM Coliseum Annex.

WINSTON-SALEM, NC – The Winston Salem State University Rams used solid shooting from the charity stripe to open up a close game at halftime en route to their second straight CIAA Western Division victory by beating a game Livingstone College Blue Bears team 60-49 at the Joel Coliseum Annex in Winston-Salem, NC.

Both teams shot horribly for the game but the Rams were the worst of the two shooting a poor 28 percent from the floor and an even worse 24 percent from behind the arc, but despite the horrific shooting, it was the Rams that got out to a lead early in the game. After a turnover by the Blue Bears Santos Martinez, the Rams Curtis Hines drove the ball down the other end of the court and fed Frank Johnson for an easy layup making the score 13-4 with 12 and a half minutes remaining.

A jumper by Terrance Jones cut the Rams lead to 5 with 5:47 left in the first half but the Rams expanded their lead to 8 points on a 3 pointer by Corey Parker making the score 20-12 with 3:50 remaining in the opening half. The Blue Bears went on a 12-6 run to end the half making the score very close at 26-24 Rams at halftime.

The second half saw both teams continue to shoot poorly and both teams continue to trade baskets as the Rams lead got no larger than 8 points for most of the 2nd half. After the Rams Roy Peake hit a jumper to make the score 48-40 and the Blue Bears Rashad Smith came back at the other end with a jumper to cut the lead back to 6, the Rams finally put the distance they needed to have against the Blue Bears going on a 10-2 run making the score 58-44 with less than a minute to play. The Blue Bears made some un-contested shots because the Rams didnt want to foul to stop the clock and after two made free throws by the Rams Roy Peake, a last shot at the buzzer made the final 60-49.

The Rams were led by Corey Parker who scored nine points and 5 rebounds. No Rams player scored in double figures for the game. Livingstone College was led by Santos Martinez who scored 15 points to lead all scorers in the game.

With the win, the Rams improve to 15-9 overall and 8-6 in the CIAA(4-4 CIAA West) while the Blue Bears fall to 6-18 overall and 2-12 in the CIAA(0-8 CIAA West).

The Rams will go for their third win in a row and as many in the CIAA as they return to action Sunday, February 19, 2006 at 4:05 pm traveling to Capel Arena in Fayetteville, NC to face Fayetteville State University in a televised contest that will be broadcast on ESPN Plus.