ANDERSON, S.C. - Winston-Salem State could not overcome 36% shooting from the floor, as the Rams closed out 2013 with a 76-71 loss to Anderson University on Saturday in Anderdon S.C.
The loss drops the WSSU Rams to 5-5 on the season, while Andereson University improves to 8-4.
Winston-Salem State started slow, but was able to pull even with the Anderson Trojans early in the contest, but poor first half shooting doomed the Rams midway through the period.
WSSU trailed 14-7 at the under 12 minute timeout, before Anderson would force the issue and would run the lead out to 10 points.
Baskets by WyKevin Bazemore and Tyre Desmore kept WSSU within striking distance, and a Desmore jumper with 3:05 left in the first half pulled WSSU to win six at 26-20, before the team would trade baskets and a Javan Wells three pointer with under a minute to play in the first half got the Rams to within seven at 30-23 heading into halftime.
Preston Ross got the Rams started quickly in the second half as he sparked the Rams out of the locker room with a monster slam dunk. Marquez Jones would pull the Rams to within three, after he was fouled on a three point shot, and after converting the free throw, had WSSU in position to take the lead.
Two WyKevin Bazemore free throws with 12:39 to play tied the game, before the Trojans would once again push the lead out to five.
Both teams would continue to trade baskets, before the Rams would make a final push for the lead in the final minutes of the game.
Winston-Salem State would cut the lead to a mere two points with 1:05 to play on a WyKevin Bazemore layup, but he Rams could get no closer as Anderson outscored WSSU 8-5 in the last minute to take the 76-71 win.
WSSU held advantages in points in the paint (28-22), points off of turnovers (16-6), second chance points (15-12) and bench points (14-12). The score was tied eight times and the lead changed six times.
Winston-Salem State was led in scoring by Preston Ross who dropped in 22 points and pulled down foujr rebounds, while WyKevin Bazemore continued his stellar play of late, as he scored 16 points and pulled down 14 rebounds, for his fourth consecutive double-double. Marquez Jones added 12 points and four assists and Stacy Caroway came off the bench to chip in eight points while pulling down 10 rebounds. Tyre Desmore added seven points and Javan Wells scored six points.
Anderson was led by Chandler Hash who scored a game high 27 points to go with four rebounds, and Myson Jones added 12 points and four boards. Chris Ross added 11 points and six rebounds, while CJ Gleaton chipped in eight points. Nick Jackson scored seven points to go with five rebounds.
Winston-Salem State will travel be off until the new year, when the Rams host Virginia Union University January 2, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. at the CE Gaines Center otneh Winston-Salem State University campus.