Wakefield Eillison and Joseph Thompson Score Career Highs
WINSTON-SALEM, NC - Wakefield Ellison scored a career high 18 points, as the Winston-Salem State University Rams turned up the defensive pressure in the second half and wore down the Washington Adventist Chock in route to a 100-84 win on Tuesday night at the CE Gaines Center.
The win moves the WSSU Rams to 15-2 overall, while Washington Adventist falls to 7-11.
The Washington Adventist Shock started the game with the intentions to do just that – shock the Rams, as the scrappy and athletic team from the nation's capital had the WSSU Rams on their heels throughout much of the first half. Winston-Salem State was forced into nine first half turnovers and shot just 33% from the floor, including going 0 for 7 from behind the 3-point arc.
Despite the poor shooting, WSSU managed to pull ahead by one with 3:42 left in the first half and held on for a39-38 halftime lead.Starting the second half, WSSU's Joseph Thompson and Kimani Hunt came up big both on the scoring end and defensively and the Rams were able to put a cushion between themselves and the Shock.
Coming down the stretch with 3:54 left, Justin Glover would convert a 4-point play giving the Rams an insurmountable 86-73, advantage.
WSSU would outscore Washington Adventist 14-11 the rest of the way for a final score of 100 to 84.
Wakefield Ellison, playing his most extensive minutes of the season, scored his career high on six of nine shooting, including one three pointer and going five of seven from the free throw line. He also pulled down five rebounds and had a team high four steals. Justin Glover finished with 17 points, three assists and a steal, and Joseph Thompson added a career high 16 points to go with five rebounds and a steal. WyKevin Bazemore chipped in 13 points and collected his fourth double-double of the season with 12 rebounds, to go with one blocked shot and one steal, and Tyre Desmore also scored 13 points. Stephon Platt finished with seven points and six rebounds and Kimanai Hunt chipped in six points and five rebounds.
For Washington Adventist, Brandon Washington finished with 18 points and 12 rebounds, and Jamie Newton added 16 points and seven assists. Antonio Ortega finished with 12 points and five rebounds, and Daray Hill added 11 points and nine rebounds. Marcus Coleman chipped in 11 points as well to with five rebounds and Desmin Wade scored 10 points.
"It was a very scrappy game, and I thought we realized it wasn't going to be a sprint. We thought we may be able to put them away in the first half, but they came out to play", says Bobby Collins. "But it didn't happen that way, and we had to use our depth to put them away in the second half. We have to pick up our defensive intensity, and I thought we did that in the second half", added Collins.
"Our fans were the sixth man, and one of the reasons why we were successful tonight", said Collins. "They were into the whole game and got us through somje tough stretches in the game with their enthusiasm."