WINSTON-SALEM, NC – Winston-Salem State University ran out to a big first half lead and never looked back, as the Rams routed the Shaw University Bears, 79-60 at the CE Gaines Center on Monday night.
With the victory, Winston-Salem State improves to 15-9 overall, 10-4 in the CIAA and 6-2 in the Southern Division. Shaw University falls to 8-16 overall, 6-8 in the CIAA and 2-6 in the Southern Division.
The Shaw Bears opened up the scoring, but it did not take long for the Winston-Salem State Rams to take over the game.
A little less than four minutes into the game, the Rams had taken the lead – one that they would not relinquish the rest of the night.
By the midway point of the first half, WSSU was up four and looking to extend that margin. A 15-2 run by the Rams pushed their lead to 34-20 with just over five minutes left before halftime.
WSSU would continue to extend that run, pushing it to 24-6 run to end the half and take a commanding 43-26 advantage into the locker room.
The second half was much of the same, as Winston-Salem State continued to force the issue with the Shaw Bears and the 17 point halftime lead, quickly ballooned to 30 by the midway point of the second half, as the Rams used a 27-14 run to put the game out of reach.
WSSU held a 30 point lead twice, before the Rams would start to empty their bench to get everyone in the game early.
Shaw put together a run of their own to get the game back to under 20 points in the final seconds, but he eventual score was 79-60.
Marques Jones led the Rams in scoring with 27 points, five assists and four steals, while Preston Ross, III added 18 points and three rebounds. WyKevin Bazemore had another monster night, picking up his 11th double-double of the season with 16 points and 16 rebounds, to go with two steals and an assist. Tyre Desmore added nine points, five assists and three steals.
For Shaw, Andre Polk led the Bears with 20 points, while Aquil Younger added 11 points and three assists.
Winston-Salem State will travel to Johnson C. Smith to take on the Golden Bulls Wednesday night at Brayboy Gym on the Johnson C. Smith campus.