BOONE, NC – There was no shortage of effort, but the Winston-Salem State Rams (2-3) just could not find the answers they needed when they took a 91-64 road loss to the Appalachian State Mountaineers (2-4), Monday evening. The Rams put on an aggressive attack, but the team could not quite keep up with the sharp-shooting Mountaineers in the loss.
The Rams had a solid shooting effort in the loss, but a rebounding deficit and a strong long-range game from the Mountaineers proved to be too much for the team to overcome in the loss. As a team, the Rams shot a solid 36.8% (21-of-57) from the field in the game, but were held to shooting just 29.2% (seven-of-24) from the three-point line. The Rams came up short on the rebounding battle with the Mountaineers holding a 43-34 rebounding edge over the Rams. WSSU also allowed the Mountaineers to shoot 44.1% (15-of-34) from the three-point line. WSSU junior guard Robert Colon led the Rams' scoring effort with 15 points in the game while senior forward Jamel McAllister added 10 points despite being hampered by foul troubles for much of the game. Freshman guard Xavier Fennell led the WSSU rebounding effort with six in the game.
The first half got started with a strong effort by the Rams, but as time went on, the Mountaineers proved to be too much for the team to overcome. WSSU kept things close in the first five minutes of the game as a jumper from junior guard Julius Barnes tied the game 6-6 with 16:30 left in the first half. However, the Rams allowed the Mountaineers to pull away later in the half with an 8-2 run that left WSSU trailing 14-8 before a McAllister three-pointer with 11:17 left in the half broke the drought. It was late in the half when things got really tough for the Rams as Appalachian State pulled ahead, 40-22 before a jumper from senior forward William Crandell with 1:28 left in the half. The basket was the last score of the half for the Rams as the team took a 44-24 deficit into the locker room at the half.
In the second half, the Rams continued to work hard, but with foul troubles hampering several key players and a hot shooting effort from the Mountaineers, the Rams could not quite get back into the game. The Rams allowed nine Appalachian State three-pointers in the second half. WSSU would get a spark from Colon as 13 of his team-high 15 points game in the second half. In fact, it was a Colon three-pointer with 18:47 left to play that cut the WSSU deficit down to 19 points, 46-27. It was as close as the Rams would get for the remainder of the game. As the half went on the Rams fell behind by as many as 29 points, but the team would end the game with the 91-64 loss.
With the loss, the Rams fall to 2-3 overall. The team will return to action, Wednesday when the host the Piedmont International Bruins at the C.E. Gaines Center. 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.