WINSTON-SALEM, NC - The Winston-Salem State University Rams used a stifling defensive effort to run out to an early lead and never looked back in a 81-64 win over Wingate on Saturday night at the CE Gaines Center.
Justin Glover led three WSSU Rams' in double figure scoring with 15 points.
The Rams (5-2) were finally able to grab control of a back and forth game early in the game
The Rams who took the lead with 14:50 to go in the first half and never looked back. The Rams forced 23 turnovers, 16 of which were WSSU steals. Marcus Wells, Tyre Desmore and Justin Glover accounted for 9 of those steals and did a great job of setting the tone early in the contest.
The Rams were able to make a 19-10 run to end the half, and take a 39-22 lead into the locker room at halftime.
WSSU would continue with the hot shooting and smothering defense, in the second half and hit the boards hard, limiting the Pacers to just one shot. The Rams would extend tier lead to 18 points at the half, 41-23.
Winston-Salem State held 18 points leads twice in the second half and for a moment looked to blow the visiting Wingate Bulldogs right out of the building. The Rams held their largest lead of the night at the 6:22 mark, with a 19 points advantage, compliments of a Justin Glover breakaway dunk.
The two teams would play pretty much even over the course of the rest of the game, and the Rams were able to finish off the pesky Bulldogs, 81-64.
The Rams dominated the points off of turnovers 28-15, and also held advantages in points in the paint (38-34) and bench points (35-32). WSSU Also held a slight 17-13 advantage in second chance points.
Joining Glover in double figure scoring was Marcus Wells with points, four rebounds, three assists and three steals, and Wakefield Ellison, with 10 points and three rebounds to go with an assist. Michel-Ofik Nzege finished with seven points and seven rebounds, with one blocked shot and a steal, while WyKevin Bazemore added six points and five rebounds. Kimani Hunt and Stephon Platt also scored six points, while Tyre Desmore and Torez Young-Canty added five points each. Joseph Thompson chipped in four points and five rebounds, and Dominic Alston also scored four points.
Paidrick Matilus scored 11 points and had five rebounds, and Quan Alexander added 10 points for the Bulldogs. Xavier Griffin added seven points and five rebounds.
Winston-Salem State will return to action on Monday night, when they host Allen University at 7:30 pm in the CE Gaines Center.