WINSTON-SALEM, NC - Winston-Salem State shrugged off a sluggish start but used a strong second half to blow past Allen University 92-58 Tuesday night at the CE Gaines Center on the Winston-Salem State University campus.
The win pushes the WSSU Rams to 4-3 on the season, while Allen University falls to 2-9 on the year.
Allen University started quickly, and combined with the sluggish start by Winston-Salem State, the Yellow Jackets jumped out to an eight point lead with six minutes off the clock, at 14-6.
The teams went back and forth until WSSU ramped up its defensive effort, led by WyKevin Bazemore and Marquez Jones. Bazemore put the Rams on his back for a stretch, and the Rams got going on the fasts break up dunks by Jones and Preston Ross.
WSSU tied the game at 26-26 with 7:59 left in the first half, before closing the half on a 16-6 run to take a 44-34 lead into the locker room at the half.
Winston-Salem State started the second half just as hot as they ended the first half, using a smothering defensive effort to run their 10 point lead to 18, with 16:52 left to play. The onslaught would continue with WSSU going on a 29-6 run over the final 11 minutes of the game to break the game wide open and take their largest lead of the game of 38 points with 2:29 left the play.
WyKevin Bazemore continued his stellar play, and Marquez Jones, along with Javan Wells lit up the three point line, and freshman Jaelan Kennedy provided a solid spark in his best game to date in his young career.
But the highlight for the Rams was a breakaway right handed fast break dunk by reserve point guard Williams Peay, who is left handed. The play gave WSSU a 35 point lead, before a free thrown by Allen with 3 seconds left ended the scoring with the Rams taking the 92-58 win.
WyKevin Bazemore put in a solid night in leading the Rams with season highs of 24 points and 14 rebounds to go with four blocked shots, one assist and one steal. Marquez Jones added 21 points six steals and one assist, while Jaelan Kennedy came off the bench to score career highs of 12 points and eight rebounds. Tyre Desmore chipped in 11 points and four assists while Javan Wells added 10 points.
DeAngelo Anthony led the Fighting Yellow Jackets with 23 points, while Derick McCord came off the bench to score 12 points and also pulled down four rebounds. Mark Jones added eight points and four rebounds to go with two assists and one steal.
Winston-Salem State University will now take a week off for finals before traveling to Erie, Pennsylvania next weekend for the Gannon University Invitational. WSSU will take on Barton College next Friday at 5:30 p.m.