MURFREESBORO, N.C. - WyKevin Bazemore scored a season-high 27 points and Winston-Salem State shot a season high 90% from the free throw line as the Rams rolled past Chowan University, 64-55 Saturday afternoon at the Helms Center in Murfreesboro, N.C. on the Chowan University campus.
The Chowan Hawks looked early like they were in upset mode as they jumped out on the Rams and held an early lead for much of the first part of the half and went up seven at 16-9, but Winston-Salem State battled back on a 11-4 run and took their first lead at 20-19 midway through the first half on two WyKevin Bazemore free throws.
Preston Ross and Bazemore continued to put pressure on the Hawks as the half came to a close hitting their free throws and the Rams would take a close 27-25 advantage into the locker room at the half.
The Rams and WyKevin Bazemore started the second half strong and on the heels of a 9-2 run, jumped out to a 36-27 lead to give WSSU some breathing room through the first five minutes of the second half.
The teams would trade baskets over the next several possessions, but the one constant for the evening was the Rams were going to the free throw line and sinking them.
Midway through the half the Hawks were able to cut into the Rams lead, and pulled to within five with just over 10 minutes left to play.
But Preston Ross would hit a hug three pointer to stop the Hawks run and settle the Rams back into a rhythm and enable Winston-Salem State to push their lead back out to eight points.
Chowan had one last run in them, as a Kyree Bethel 3-pointer pulled the Hawks to within four at 52-49 with 3:16 remaining, but another Preston Ross three pointer, coupled with an old fashion three-point play from WyKevin Bazemore pushed the Ram lead back to 10 points with 2:10 left to play.
The win moves Winston-Salem State to 9-6 overall and 4-1 in the CIAA, while Chowan falls to 5-8 overall and 1-4 in the CIAA.
Winston-Salem State shot a season high 90% fromthe free throw line on the night, going 17 of 19 from the charity stripe.
WyKevin Bazemore led WSSU with 27 points, eight rebounds, two assists and a steal, while Preston Ross added 19 points, seven rebounds and two assists. Marquez Jones finished with 11 points and five rebounds, three assists and two steals and Javan Wells added seven points, three rebounds, one assist and a steal.
Ashante Ross led Chowan with 17 points and four rebounds, while Phoenix Butler-Poole finished with 14 points and four assists.
Winston-Salem State will go for the three-game road sweep on Monday night, as they travel to Elizabeth City State University to take on the Vikings at 7:30 p.m.