#14 WSSU Rams Overcomes Slow Start To Defeat The Shaw Bears 81-76

WSSU Rams pull of season sweep over the Shaw Bears

WINSTON-SALEM, NC -- #14 Winston-Salem State University used a strong second half to erase a three point halftime deficit to defeat the Shaw Bears, 81-76 at CC Spaulding Gymnasium on the Shaw University campus in Raleigh, NC.

The win is WSSU's thrid consecutive win over Shaw, and moves the Rams to 18-4 overall, 11-2 in the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association and 5-2 in the Southern Division. Shaw falls to 13-9 overall, 7-5 in the CIAA and 1-5 in the Southern Division.

The Rams would score the game's first four points on a jumper by freshman Michel-Ofik Nzege and a layup by WyKevin Bazemore, before the Shaw Bears would battle back and go on a 22-5 run over the next nine minutes to take a 22-9 lead.

WSSU would come back with an 8-0 run of their own to get back to within five points, and eventually tied the game at 31-31 with 46 seconds left in the first half.

But a foul on a three point shot with 15 seconds remaining in the half put the Shaw Bears on the free throw line, where Shaw's Taurus Dortch knocked down all three shot to give the Bears a 34-31 halftime advantage.

The Winston-Salem State Rams came out of the locker room scorching, and by 3 minutes into the second half had taken a 39-38 lead, led Nzege, Justin Glover and Wakefield Ellison.

WSSU would continue on to a 20-8 run, sparked by nine points from Justin Glover, to take a 56-46 lead with just under 12 minutes to play.

After a 10-4 run by Shaw, the Rams would extended their lead to 11 on a pair of free throws from WyKevin Bazemore with 2:04 left in the game, with WSSU leading 75-64.

Shaw would use an 11-4 run over the final 1:44 to get with five points, but the Rams were perfect down the stretch from the free throw line, with Marcus Wells sinking two and Justin Glover knocking down all four tries to give WSSU a 81-76 victory.

Senior, Justin Glover, led Winston=Salem State with 20 points and two steals, while freshman Michel-Ofik Nzege finished with a career high 19 points and nine rebounds. WyKevin Bazemore chipped in nine points and five rebounds, while Victor Holloway came off the bench to add eight points and two rebounds. Kimani Hunt finished with eight points and two rebounds and Marcus Wells scored five points, had five rebounds, four assists and three steals.

Latrail McCoy scored a game high 29 points, while Andre Paulk added 12 points, five rebounds, three assists and two steals. Junious Chaney added eight points and six rebounds; Derrick Hunter had eight points and Taurus Dortch and Curtis Hines each dropped in seven points.

#14 Winston-Salem State University will host Fayetteville State on Saturday at 7:00 PM in the CE Gaines Center on the WSSU campus.