CHARLOTTE, NC - The #16 Winston-Salem State University Rams rode the heat wave of their hot shooting, going 58% from the floor on the evening, and used a solid rebounding effort in route to a 92-82 win over Johnson C. Smith University at Brayboy Gym on the JCSU campus.
In one of the fastest paced game the Rams have played all season, both teams started hot, but the home team raced out in front of WSSU early, 7-3, before two of the CIAA's top scorers took control of the game.
WSSU's Justin Glover and JCSU's Trevin Parks would heat up and put on a show in the first half, as they went back and forth, basket for basket for nearly the entire first half.
Justin Glover, who has been the Rams dunk aficionado during his two year career, once again brought a gym to its feet as he took an alley-oop pass from Marcus Wells on a face break and rose high above the rim and flushed it home – left handed.
Trevin Parks was deadly early on, and kept the Golden Bulls close, scoring from all points from around the perimeter.
The Rams would take the lead for good at 23-22 before Glover would heat up again, and expand on their lead.
WSSU would run up the defensive effort and took a 42-37 lead at the final first half media timeout. They would hold for the final shot at the end of the first half, and Kimani Hunt made a nice move and scored inside as the buzzer sounded, giving WSSU a 50-45 halftime lead.
As the second half began, Justin Glover would once again make the highlight reels as he split two defenders on his way to the basket and dunked hard over two Golden Bull players, sending the vocal Ram contingent into a frenzy, as well as the Golden Bull student section.
But the second half belonged to Wakefield Ellison as he was en fuego, making all five three point attempts and going two for two from the free throw line. His 3-pointer with 16:33 remaining gave the Rams a 12 points lead.
Winston-Salem State would increase their lead to 14 points on two occasions, and more dunks free & throws down the stretch from the from Rams would give WSSU the win, 92-82.
With the victory, #16 ranked WSSU improves to 16-3 overall, 9-1 in the CIAA and 3-1 in the Southern Division. Johnson C. Smith falls to 13-7 overall, 6-2 in the CIAA and 2-2 in the Southern Division.
Justin Glover led the Rams with 29 points, on 11 of 19 shooting. Glover went 50% (4 of 8) from the 3-pt line, and also pulled down two rebounds. Wakefield Ellison continued his solid play, getting his second start of the year, and scored a career high 21 points. Ellison was 7 of 8 from the floor, including going 5 for 5 from the 3-pt line. Joseph Thompson was solid off the bench and added 10 points and three rebounds. Marcus Wells picked up his second straight double digit assist game, with 10, and also added five steals, three rebounds and three points. WyKevin Bazemore finished with nine points, eight rebounds and two assists. Victor Holloway added seven points and three rebounds off the bench.
For the Golden Bulls, Trevin Parks finished with 22 points, while Emilio Parks (no relation) added 20 points before fouling out. Robert Williams finished with 11 points and eight rebounds to go with three blocked shots.
Winston-Salem State will celebrate "The Earl Monroe Legacy Weekend", and return to the friendly confines of the CE Gaines Complex on Saturday, as they host the Blue Bears of Livingstone College at 7:00 PM.
Honorees of the "The Earl Monroe Legacy Weekend", will have their jersey's revealed on the Rams' Legacy Wall inside the gym at halftime of the men's game.