Tyre Desmore's Three Pointer In The Final Seconds Lifts WSSU To A 76-73 Win Over Concord

WINSTON-SALEM, NC - Winston-Salem State University point guard, Tyre Desmore it a deep three pointer with 1.6 second remaining to propel the #21 Rams to a 76-73 win over Concord University Saturday night in the final game of the Big House Gaines Tip Off Classic.

The Rams played inspired ball for their coach, Bobby Collins, who was absent due to a death in the family, and subsequent funeral.

This would also be a game in which neither team seemed to be able to pull away from the other, as the back and forth game featured 11 lead changes and 10 tied scores.

Concord started the scoring early and jumped out to a quick 8-2 lead before Victor Holloway was able to settle the Rams down and gain some valuable inside scoring including a massive dunk to pull the Rams to within one, at 9-8.

The back and forth action continued throughout the first half until WSSU was able to use a 9-3 run over the final two minute of the first half to take a 41-34 halftime lead.

But the visiting Mountain Lions would not fold before the boisterous WSSU faithful, and quickly got themselves back into the game with an 18-9 run to start the second half, to take a 52-50 lead with 10:32 left to play.

Both teams battled and with 4:39 left, the game was all tied up at 60-60, and it seemed as though WSSU was going to pull away after back to back three pointers from Preston Ross gave the Rasm a 66-60 advantage with 3:53 left, but Concord erased that lead just as quickly as WSSU got it, with back to back three's from Ali Barnes.

Concord surged out in front by two on free throws from Mike Boyd, but Winston-Salem State came right back and took the lead back with just under two minutes to play with free throws by Preston Ross and took a three point lead after victor Holloway's layup.

But a three by Concord's Jalen Camper with 13 second left tied the game and set up Tyre Desmore's heroics in the final seconds.

Kerry Campbell was able to find Desmore open deep from the top of the key and he stepped up and rained the shot sending the crowd into a frenzy.

Concord turned the ball over on the inbounds play, securing the win for the Rams.

The Rams improve to 2-0 on the young season, while Concord falls to 1-1.

WSSU dominated the paint, with 40 points to Concord's 24, and also held advantages in 2nd chance points (19-5) and bench points (38-34).

Preston Ross led the Rams in scoring with 19 points and five rebounds, while Victor Holloway had a career night, with 17 points and 15 rebounds.  WyKevin Bazemore added 13 points and nine rebounds.

For concord, Ali Barnes scored 22 points, while mike Boyd added 13 points and five assists and Jalen Camper chipped ini 12 points and five rebounds.

WSSU's Preston Ross and Victor Holloway earned All-Classic honors, as did Mike Boyd from Concord, Tyrrel Tate of Fayetteville State and Lawrence DeArmond from Notre Dame College.