WINSTON-SALEM, NC – The Winston-Salem State Rams (2-2) made an impressive home debut when the team took a 109-88 win over the Morris Hornets (2-3), Tuesday evening. The Rams had five players to reach double-digit scoring in the game en route to a big win in their home opener.
The Rams took the win behind a terrific offensive performance and they needed it against a Hornets team that also put on a strong offensive effort. As a team, the Rams shot 60.9% (39-of-64) from the floor in the game, including shooting 45.5% (10-of-22) from the three-point line. WSSU junior guard Robert Colon led the way for the Rams with a team-high 25 points in the win. He went five-for-nine from the three-point line in the game. Junior forward Jamel McAllister added a double-double with 20 points and 14 rebounds while junior forward Mason Harrell added 21 points with nine rebounds of his own in the game.
The scoring started early and often in the game. The Rams' first big scoring run early in the first half. With a three-point 17-14 lead with 14:47 left in the half, the Rams opened things up when a Colon three-pointer kicked off a scoring barrage for both teams. The effort saw the Rams build their biggest lead of the half, 43-22 after a pair of free throws from senior forward William Crandell with 6:44 left in the half. The Rams would keep their 21 point cushion late in the half when a Harrell free throw gave the Rams a 56-33 lead, but a WSSU foul in the final second of play sent the Rams into the locker room with a 58-35 lead. In the half, the Rams were a scorching hot 75% (nine-of-12) from the three-point line in the game.
The second half saw the Rams take their game on the inside, but the scoring kept coming. The Rams took their largest lead of the game after a Crandell lay-up with 18:04, but the team could not pull away from the Hornets as Morris cut the WSSU lead down to as few as 10 points, 89-79 with 5:23 left to play. However, the Rams were not going to let the crowed down in their home opener. In the final minutes of the half, the Rams went on a six-to-one run to push their lead back to 20 points, 104-84 after a pair of Colon free throws with 2:55 left to play. From there, the Rams went on to cruise to the win as they kept their 20-point cushion and claimed the 109-88 win.
With the win, the Rams improve to 2-2 overall. The team will return to action next Tuesday when the team heads to Boone, N.C. to take on the Appalachian State Mountaineers. 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.