Rams Tame the Tigers, Lady Rams Season Ends

By L.A. Batchelor
Updated: February 26, 2006

– The Winston-Salem State University Rams used consistent shooting throughout the game and stepped up their defensive intensity en route to beating Edward Waters College easily 89-61 to close out the 2005-06 regular season on Thursday evening at the C.E. Gaines Center in a non-conference basketball game.

The Rams jumped out on the Tigers early and often including a 7-0 run to start the game for the early lead. A lead they would never give up in winning their 5 straight game. After the 7-0 run the start the game and a few baskets exchanged between the teams, the Rams increased their lead to 10 after Lowen Wray knocked down a 3 pointer with an assist from Corey Parker making the score 14-4.

The lead increase to 13 for the Rams as Audly Wehner penetrated inside for a layup making the lead 20-7 with 11:52 remaining in the first half. The Tigers of Edward Waters College continued to shoot poorly and the Rams continued to shoot exceptionally well. The Rams Darrel Wonge knock down a 3 pointer that brought the Ram fans to their feet as they took a commanding 30-15 lead with just over 8 minutes to play in the first half. The Rams 42 percent from the 3 point line in the first half making 3 of 7 from be hind the arc.

The Tigers of Edward Waters College showed they wouldnt give up as they went on a 14-7 run cutting the Rams lead down to 8 at 37-29 with 2:37 left in the first stanza. After the two teams exchange baskets, the lead trimmed to three after the Tigers Ulysses Bain made a 3 pointer making the score 39-36. The Rams finished the scoring in the first half scoring the last 3 points on a layup and foul shot by Audly Wehner completing the scoring in the first half 42-36. The Rams shooting cooled off as they finished the first half shooting 52 percent after beginning the game much hotter from the floor. The Tigers started the game cold from the floor and finished the half strong shooting 56 percent. Unfortunately, they couldnt find the stroke in the second half.

The Rams began the second half like they started the first half, shooting well and scoring early. WSSU began the second half on a 13-2 run concluding with a 3 pointer by Darrell Wonge making the score 55-38 with 16:50 left in the game. The Rams lead ballooned to 20 points when Corey Parker made a layup inside making the score 64-44 with 11:52 remaining. After the Tigers trim the lead a few times to 16 points, the Rams took over the game for good when the Rams got their biggest lead of the game of 29 points when Greg Lewis made a jumper with 2:24 left in the game making the score a commanding 89-60. After the Rams Greg Lewis committed a foul, the Tigers Ozzie Henderson made 1 of 2 free throws completing the scoring for the game 89-61. The Rams finished the game shooting 60 percent from the floor and an exceptional 56 percent from the 3 point line. The Rams also domininated inside throughout the game with a 36 to 18 edge in the paint and a 14 to 8 edge in 2nd chance points. The Rams reserves also came to play and played well as they finished the game with a 36 to 7 advantage in bench points. They also dominated on the boards 37 to 22 in route to their 18th victory of the season.

The Rams were led by Alleggrie Gunn with 22 points on 7 of 11 shooting including 3 of 6 from 3 point land. He also added 6 rebounds, 5 assist, 3 steals and 3 blocks.

With the win, the Rams move to 18-9 overall (10-6 CIAA, 6-4 CIAA West) In the loss, Edward Waters College falls to 5-21.

The Rams now know they are the third seed in the CIAA Western Division in the CIAA Tournament which will match them up against the sixth seed in the CIAA East, a pairing that will earn them a date against the winner of Saturday evening’s Saint Paul’s College versus Virginia State University basketball contest. Final pairings will be announced on Sunday, February 26, 2006 by the CIAA Office.

The 2006 CIAA Men’s Basketball Tournament begins on Wednesday, March 1, 2006 from the Charlotte Bobcats Arena in Charlotte, NC.

Lady Rams Season Ends

CHARLOTTE, NC – The Winston-Salem State University Lady Rams battled long and hard for the entire game trying to rekindle the majic they displayed in last years tournament, but in the end it wasnt to be as the Lady Rams lost a close and heartbreaking game to the Lady Bulldogs of Bowie State 52-51 in the opening round of the CIAA Women’s Tournament at the Charlotte Bobcats Arena in Charlotte ending what was a tough, frustrating and difficult game and season. The Lady Rams had many chances to win the game especially late in the contest but were unable to capitalize on 3 shot attempts in the games final 10 second that would have lifted them to the second round of the Tournament.

The Lady Rams played well the entire game especially on defense, holding the Lady Bulldogs offense to only 52 points on 42 percent shooting for the game. They also force 20 turnovers in the game including 13 in the first half and held the Lady Bulldogs to only 40 percent shooting in the first half. Offensively, the Lady Rams didnt shoot well but because of their solid defensive play, they took a 28-23 lead into halftime.

When the Lady Rams began the second half scoring the first 4 points to take a 9 point lead at 32-23, it seemed that they were firmly in control of the game and needed only to maintain the lead with the same defensive intensity they portrayed in the first half. But the Lady Bulldogs would not go away. The Lady Bulldogs went on a 18-8 run to take their first lead since midway thru the first half, 41-40 with 10:34 to play in the game.

The Lady Bulldogs extended their lead to five points with 2:42 to go in the game thanks to poor shooting and a scoring drought of five minutes by the Lady Rams. The Lady Rams continued to battle and kept the game close until the final minute. With the Lady Bulldogs leading 52-51, the Lady Rams had the ball for one final shot and after 2 attempts failed, the final shot for the Lady Rams never happened. They passed the ball around in a desparate move to get an open look and never got a shot off to end the game and their season in a gallant effort 52-51.

With the win, Bowie State improves to 13-14 overall while the Lady Rams end the season with an overall record of 7-18.

The Lady Bulldogs move on to face the top-seeded Lady Golden Bulls of Johnson C. Smith University on Tuesday, February 28, at 7:00 pm in second-round CIAA Women’s Championship Tournament action from Charlotte Bobcats Arena in Charlotte, NC.