MURFREESBORO, NC – Winston-Salem State won its fourth consecutive game, and stayed undefeated in the CIAA with a 71-66 grind out win over Chowan University in Murfreesboro, N.C. on Thursday night.
With the win, Winston-Salem State improves its record to 11-2 overall, 4-0 in the CIAA Southern Division. Chowan falls to 6-9 overall and 0-3 in the CIAA.
Winston-Salem State jumped out early on Chowan, with a 12-6 lead before the Hawks would use some hot shooting from Kyree Bethel, to inch their way back into the contest.
The Hawks would answer with their own run, a 10-0 spurt to get them back into the game at 24-23, but once again the mighty Rams would answer the call and finish the half on an 11-5 run to take a 35-28 lead into the locker room at halftime.
The second half was much like the first in that it was a tick for tat, half, with neither team being able to pull away from the other. WSSU's largest lead was 14 points, at 44-30 with 17:04 left in the game.
The Rams were able to keep the Hawks at bay and were able to hold onto the win, giving the Rams their fourth consecutive victory.
The WSSU Rams were led in scoring by Stephon Platt and Justin Glover, who each dropped in 16 points. Platt also pulled down four rebounds. Glover added three assists, three steals and oen rebounds. Wykevin Bazemore added 15 points and a game high 14 rebounds. Joseph Thompson chipped in nine points.
Kyree Bethel scored a game high 24 points for Chowan, while Mark Buright added 12 points.
WSSU shot 29-57 (50.9%), while Chowan shot 23-50 (46.0%). The Rams laso ourtscored the Hawks bench, 29-24 and outscored CU 38-22 in the paint.
"That was an ugly game," said Bobby Collins, WSSU head coach. "We played their style, and made it a scramble type of game," says Collins. "This game was about heart and making plays."
"I thought Justin Glover made a big play driving the ball to the hole, and Marcus Wells hit a big shot in the corner that really put the dagger in them (Chowan)," says Collins.
"What more can I say about WyKevin Bazemore, 15 (points) and 14 (rebounds) and he put in work," added Collins.
Winston-Salem State University will stay on the road for one more games this week, as they will travel to Elizabeth City State in Elizabeth City, N.C. on Saturday night.