CHARLOTTE, NC - The WSSU could not come up with the key basket in the 5:00 minute overtime period, and fell 89-86 to Johnson C. Smith in the conclusion of the game that originally ended on Wednesday night due to a safety issue.
With the loss, the Rams fall to 15-10 overall, 15-5 in the CIAA and 6-3 in the Southern Division. Meanwhile the Golden Bulls improve to 15-10 ove5rall, 10-5 in the CIAA and 4-5 in the Southern Division.
The game on Wednesday night came down to a Marquez Jones three pointer that was off target, and Javan Wells grabbed the offensive rebound and scored the put back for a 76-76 tie with just 0.3 seconds remaining.
On the Golden Bulls inbound play, Joshua Linson threw a baseball style pass toward the goal, that hit two light fixtures in the gymnasium. This resulted in one of the light fixture left swinging from the ceiling. Nothing more than an unsecured chain kept the light from dropping, and the lighting in the gym was also affected.
Both coaches and the officials agreed that the contest could not continue with the damage status. The game was continued at 2:00 p.m. today.
Johnson C. Smith jumped out to a 82-78 lead with 2:32 to play, but back to back shots from Marquez Jones and WyKevin Bazemore knotted the game at 82-82 with just 1:15 left to play.
After the teams traded baskets, the Golden Bulls got a three pointer from Joshua Linson with 16 seconds remaining.
WSSU's Tyre Desmore came right back with a two pointer to bring the Rams to within one at 87-86, but a quick foul by Desmore disqualified him for the last 11 seconds.
The Golden Bulls converted two free throws with 11 seconds left, giving the Rams back the ball with 9.3 seconds remaining, but back to back three point attempts from Marquez Jones and Preston Ross, III came up short and Rams fell 89-86.
WSSU was led in scoring by Marquez Jones, who scored 25 points and pulled down four rebounds, while Preston Ross, III 20 points, seven rebounds, three assists and five steals. WyKevin Bazemore chipped in 18 points and nine rebounds.
Winston-Salem State will wrap up the regular season on tomorrow, February 22nd, as they play host to the first place Blue Bears of Livingstone College.