RALEIGH, NC – The Winston-Salem State Rams (1-3) couldn't seem to get their offense in gear when the team took a 78-55 Loss to the Fort Valley State Wildcats (1-2), Saturday evening in the CIAA/SIAC Challenge. The Rams struggled to find points in the loss as shooting woes plagued the team in the game.
The Rams had their share of troubles on both sides of the ball. As a team, the Rams shot 32.8% (19-of-58) from the floor while allowing Fort Valley State to shoot 52.5% (32-of-61) from the floor. WSSU junior forward William Crandell led the way for the Rams with 20 points in the game. He was the only double-digit scorer for the Rams. Crandell and fellow junior forward Jamel McAllister both led the team's rebounding effort with six rebounds each.
The first half of the game was a hard-fought affair. After falling behind early, the Rams were able to bounce back as a three-pointer from senior guard Xavier Mills gave the Rams a 16-14 lead with 10:!5 left in the half. The Rams pushed their lead to four points 24-20 after a pair of Crandell free throws. The Rams held their lead until the final three minutes of the half, but the Rams would not hold on as they took a 35-34 deficit into the locker room at halftime.
In the second half, the Rams gave a solid effort to get back into the game, but the effort was not quite enough. The Rams kept their deficit at one point, 41-40 with 17:28 left to play before a Wildcat surge put the Rams behind. The Rams fell behind by as many as 26 points, 76-50 with 3:54 left to play. The Rams continued to chip away, but the team could not quite get back into the game and finished the day with the 78-55 loss.
With the loss, the Rams fall to 1-3 overall. The team will return to action, Tuesday when the Rams host the Catawba Indians in a 7:30 p.m. game. For more information on Rams men's basketball, contact the WSSU Office of Athletic Media Relations at (336) 750-2143 or log on to www.WSSURams.com.