Winston-Salem State raced out to a big early lead and cruised to a 104-49 win over Barber-Scotia College Thursday night at the CE Gaines Center on the WSSU campus.
All Rams who dressed scored on the night, led by Justin Glover's 13 points. Kerry Campbell, Chris Witherspoon and Dominic Alston each scored 11 points, while Wakefield Ellison added nine points, and WyKevin Bazemore, Marques Jones, Torez Young and Tyre Desmore each pumped in seven points apiece.
Bazemore led the Rams with eight rebounds, and Kimani Hunt added six board and Michel-Ofik Nzege pulled down five rebounds. Nzege had a game high three blocked shots and also had two steals. Marcus Wells had five assists to lead WSSU.
WSSU started on fire, and raced out to the early 6-0 lead on an alley-oop pass and dunk from Marcus Wells to Justin Glover. The lead increased to 13-0 before the Sabres of Barber-Scotia College finally were able to get on the board. But the onslaught continued as another big run by the Rams, pushed Winston-Salem State's lead to 27 points at 36-9.
WSSU would take a commanding 46-20 lead into the locker room at the half.
The second half was much like the first, in that the Rams kept the pressure on Barber-Scotia and increased their lead to a 35 point advantage at 67-32 with 13:16 remaining.
Kerry Campbell would step to the free throw line as the WSSU students led a cheer of "We want 100 (points)", and calmly sink the free throws putting the Rams over 100 points and the students went wild.
Winston-Salem State would outscore Barber-Scotia 37-17 over the final seven minutes for the final score of 104-49.
The WSSU Rams held an astonishing 73-29 advantage in bench scoring, and led the points off of turnovers battle 28-7. WSSU also led in second chance points with a 18-4 advantage. Both team scored 30 points in the paint, and WSSU forced Baber-Scotia into 30 turnovers.
"For our first home game, I thought we played pretty well", said Bobby Collins, WSSU's head coach. "We were able to force them into some turnover and converted on our end with some easy baskets", added Collins.
Despite 30 points in the paint for Winston-Salem State, Collins was not all thrilled with the blowout win.
"There were a number of things we still need to work on and get better at. I thought we should have gotten more inside scoring from our bigs, as we still missed too many easy baskets. And we can always cut down on turnovers", added Collins.
Winston-Salem State will travel to Aiken, SC to take on the University of South Carolina-Aiken on Monday night.