WINSTON-SALEM, NC - The Winston-Salem State University Rams men's basketball team will return to action this weekend, as they participate in the Queens Final Fire Classic, hosted by Queens University of Charlotte.
The Rams will face Belmont Abbey at 6:00 pm on Friday, and will face the hosts, the Royals of Queens University of Charlotte at 8:00 pm on Saturday night. All games will be played at Ovens Athletics Center on the QUC campus.
The Rams (1-0) are coming off an effort, where LaMar Monger scored 19 points to lead six different Rams scorers in double figures, as Winston-Salem State University opened the 2011-12 basketball campaign with a 104-80 win over Talladega College on Sunday in the CE Gaines Center.
Joining Monger in double figures was Justin Glover with 17 points in his WSSU debut, while WyKevin Bazemore added 14 points and five rebounds in his first game for the Rams. Chris Witherspoon added 11 points off the bench, hitting three of five three pointers, and Michael Bland and Joseph Thompson added 10 points each.
The Rams first opponent, Belmont Abbey, enters the weekend with a 2-0 record, having won contests over Johnson & Wales (108-55) and Barber-Scotia (98-71). They are led in scoring by Tyshawn Good, who through two games is averaging 19.5 points per game. Jay Council is second on the team at 14.0 points and 6.0 rebounds per outing, while Kyle Phillips is averaging 13.0 points and 7.0 rebounds per game.
The Queens Royals are 2-0 entering the weekend and will face Georgia College & State University on Friday, before facing the WSSU Rams on Saturday evening. QUC has defeated Lenoir-Rhyne University, 69-61, and also defeated Wingate University, 63-59. The defending Conference Carolinas Regular Season Champion Royals cracked the top-25 of the NABC/Division II men's basketball pre-season coaches poll. Queens University of Charlotte ranked even higher at No. 15 on the Basketball Times list. Brent Evans is averaging 16.0 points and 5.5 rebounds per game, to lead the Royals. Daniel Bailey is second on the team, averaging 14.5 points per game and 5.0 rebounds per game, and Antonio Stabler is averaging 11.5 points and 7.0 rebounds per game.
This should be a solid test to see where the new-look Rams are early in the season. WSSU completed overwhelmed Talladega with their depth, but head coach, Bobby Collins, was not completely pleased with the defensive effort in the first game.
"This will be a good test", says Bobby Collins, WSSU's head coach. "I knew we would be able to score, but what I am looking for is defenders. We have to play better defense. That's what I get excited about", added Collins.
Saturday's game versus Queens University of Charlotte can be heard online at http://www2.queens.edu/sportstats/, and watched online at http://www.b2livetv.com/partner_members.asp?id=399&s=5817&sid=4.
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