Rams Romp Over the Broncos, Clip Eagles

By L.A. Batchelor
Updated: February 22, 2006

FAYETTEVILLE, NC – The Winston Salem State University Rams picked a perfect time to turn up the defense and shoot exceptionally well as they jump out on the Broncos of Fayetteville State University crusing to an easy 76-58 in a CIAA league men’s basketball contest in from of a live Television audience on ESPN U at Capel Arena in Fayetteville, NC.

The game started out with both teams making shots up and down the floor as the lead changed hands back and forth for the first 12 minutes when the Rams Audly Wehner hit a jumper to give the Rams a 3 point lead at 16-13 with 11:36 remaining in the first half. The Rams extended their lead to six points after a jumper by Curtis Hines making the score 23-17. After the teams exchanged baskets making the score 25-19, The Rams continued their hot shooting going on a 13-6 run finishing the first half leading 38-22. The Rams shot a sizzling 58 percent from the floor in the first half while holding the Broncos to a pedestrian 45 percent and forced 11 turnovers.

The second half was much more competitive then the first but it was still an up and down game for both teams. The Rams kept the sixteen point lead with a little more than 16 minutes left after a jumper by the talented Allegrie Guinn making the score 47-31. The Rams continued their offensive attack getting the lead up to 18 points on a jumper by Roy Peake keeping the Rams comfortably ahead 54-36 with just over 11 minutes to play. The Broncos didnt give up as they went on a mini run of their own going on a 14-5 run after a basket and a foul by the Broncos Brad Deshazor. He missed the free throw making the score 59-50 with 7:11 to play. The Rams kept their composure and continued the good shooting going on a 11-2 run of their own extending the lead back to 18 making the score 70-52 with just 4:23 remaining in the game. Both teams finished the game scoring a total of 6 points and the Rams won the game 76-58 for their 4th consecutive victory. All four victories come in the higly contested CIAA.

The Rams had four players in double figures led by Alleggrie Guinn with 15 points, Jamal Durham and Corey Parker with 14 and Audly Wehner with 11 points and 11 rebounds. The Broncos were led by Clarence Ferguson and Jesse Fells with 13 apiece. The Rams got plenty of help in the win from their bench as the Ram reserves outscored the Broncos backups 29-13.

With the win, the Rams improve to 16-9 overall, 9-6 in the CIAA and 5-4 in the CIAA West.

In the loss, the Broncos fall to 12-13 overall, 7-7 in the CIAA and more importantly 4-6 in the CIAA Western division.

The Rams try for their 5th straight win in the conference and 5th straight win overall win they host the Eagles of North Carolina Central Tuesday, February 21, at the LJVM Coliseum Annex.

WINSTON-SALEM, NC – It wasn’t pretty, but a win is a win. That’s what Winston Salem State University and their fans were saying after the Rams shot poorly for the entire game vs. North Carolina Central University but managed to still get the win 59-51 in front of 5,000 fans who showed up at the Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Winston Salem for the last regular season CIAA game before the Rams play in the CIAA Tournament takes place next week in Charlotte. The Rams were not the only team to shooting poorly. The Eagles shot 36 percent from the floor in the first have and 38 percent for the game. The Rams shot 25 percent from the floor in the first half and 36 percent for the game.

One player who was perfect……….at least at the free throw line, was WSSU’s Alleggrie Guinn. He shot a modest 3-8 from the floor but a perfect 11 of 11 from the free throw line giving him 17 points on the night. The Rams also used a 18-6 decisive point differential from behind the arc that really turned out to be the big difference in the game. The Rams shot 46 percent from three point range going 6 for 13, while the Eagles shot only 12 percent from behind the arc shooting just 2 for 17 for the game.

The first half was a back and forth tight contest with 5 lead changes and poor shooting. The biggest lead of the first half was 3 by the Eagles and the teams went well over 3 minutes without scoring. The last lead for the Rams was at 3:01 when “Mr Perfect” himself Alleggrie Guinn, knocked down to free throws giving the Rams the lead 17-16. The teams traded baskets with the Eagles scoring 4 of the last 6 points of the half and leading at half time 20-19.

The second half saw WSSU shoot much much better. The Rams shot 46 percent in the second half compared to only 25 percent in the first. The second half also saw the close game and back and forth up and down action in the second half like the first half with both teams taking a lead and keeping it very close through the first 3 minutes of the half. Then with the score 29-28, the Rams scored 5 of the next 6 points led by Darrell Wonge. Wonge scored all 5 of the points on a 3 pointer and a nice driving layup inside to give the Rams a 34-28 6 point cushion with just over 14 minutes to play.

The teams played hard and ran the floor scoring points that were absent in the first half and the Rams gradually built their lead up to as high as 8 points with 2:48 to play on 2 more free throws by Alleggrie Guinn making the lead 51-43. The Eagles of NC Central would get the lead down to as little as 3 but couldn’t get any closer as the Rams Alleggrie Guinn scored 5 of the last 7 points on a layup and making 3 free throws sealing the deal for the Rams 5 straight win 59-51.

In the win, the Rams were led in scoring by Alleggrie Guinn with 17 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assist and by Darrell Wonge who scored 15 points on 5-10 shooting and added 5 rebounds. The Eagles were led by Bryan Ayala, Charles Futrell and Kevin Noell all with 10 points each in the loss.

The Rams improve their overall record to 17-9 overall and 10-6 in the CIAA (6-4 CIAA West) while the Eagles drop to 9-16 overall and 7-8 in the CIAA (5-4 CIAA West).

The Rams will now await the release of the pairings for the start of the 2006 CIAA Men’s Basketball Tournament which begins on Wednesday, March 1, 2006 from the Charlotte Bobcats Arena in Charlotte, NC. In the meantime, the Rams play their final regular season game of the year Thursday February 23 at 7:30 pm at the C.E. Gaines Center in Winston-Salem, NC when they play host to the Tigers of Edward Waters College.