PIKEVILLE, NC – The Winston-Salem State University Rams could not overcome cold shooting from the floor and from the free throw line, combined with 18 turnovers as the Fayetteville State Broncos ran past the Rams 74-56 at Charles B. Aycock High School on Saturday night.
With the loss, the Rams fall to 11-8 overall, 6-3 in the CIAA and 2-1 in the Southern Division. Fayetteville State improves to 13-6 overall, 6-3 in the CIAA and 2-1 in the Southern Division.
The Winston Salem State Rams fell behind by double digits early and seemed to be fighting an uphill battle all game long.
Fayetteville State jumped out to a 16-6 lead midway through the first half and the Rams could not find the bottom of the basket and by the second media timeout WSSU found themselves down nine points.
WSSU battled but could not overcome miscues with the ball and poor shooting and by halftime found themselves in a 38-26 deficit.
Fayetteville State continued with the pressure early in the second half and by the first media timeout of the second half, the Rams were trailing by 15, 48-33.
Marquez Jones and WyKevin Bazemore, along with Preston Ross III tried to get the Rams back into the ballgame and pulled to within 10 at 48-38 with just under 14:00 to play, but the Broncos once again turned the Rams away and pushed their lead back out to 15 points by the second media timeout of the half.
Coming down the stretch, WSSU found themselves down by their largest margin of the season at 25 points at 70-45, but they never quit and used an 11-4 run over the final minutes of the game, before falling to a final score of 74-56 to Fayetteville State.
Winston-Salem State shot 31% from the floor for the game, and just 15% from behind the three point arc (3 of 20). The Rams also shot just 56% from the free throw line (19 of 34).
Marquez Jones led the Rams with 14 points, two steals and two assists, and Preston Ross III added 11 points. WyKevin Bazemore chipped in 10 points to go with a game-high 12 rebounds. Tyre Desmore scored nine points and had four rebounds with two assists and three steals, while Kerry Campbell and Stacy Caroway added four points each. Campbell also had four steals and Caroway added four rebounds.
Tyrell Tate led the Broncos with 16 points and seven rebounds and Marquette hill added 14 points and nine rebounds. Anthony Shelton chipped in 12 points.
Winston-Salem State will be back in action on Wednesday night at the CE Gaines Center on the campus of WSSU, as they play host to the Golden Bulls of Johnson C. Smith University at 7:30 p.m.