MURFREESBORO, NC – The Winston-Salem State Rams (4-10, 2-3 CIAA) ran out of gas when the team took an 82-65 loss at Chowan (5-7, 1-3 CIAA), Saturday evening. Playing in their second came in 24 hours, the Rams struggled to find their offense in tough loss.
The Rams found points hard to come by in the game. As a team, the Rams were held to 65 total points and shot just 36.1% (22-of-61) from the floor while the Hawks shot 45.6% (26-of-57) from the floor. WSSU sophomore guard Robert Colon led the way for the Rams with a team-high 16 points. Junior guard Derrick Brewer, Jr. added 11 points as well. The Rams were especially outmatched in the rebounding column as Chowan totaled 41 rebounds to the Rams' 30. Junior forward Chigozie Ngene-Igwe led the Rams' rebounding effort with five in the game.
Things looked good early for the Rams, but some offensive struggles came to hinder the team late in the first half. The Rams opened the game with a solid effort after a Brewer, Jr. three-pointer left the team on top, 13-12 with 12:59 left in the half. The Rams pushed their lead to as many as five points, 17-12 after an Ngene-Igwe lay-up midway through the half. The Rams would hold on to their lead, but the feisty Hawks tied the game, 28-28 in the final four minutes of the half. It was then that the Rams would begin their struggles as the team didn't record a field goal for the remainder of the half and took a 35-29 deficit into the locker room at halftime.
The second half saw the Rams' struggles continue as the team kept up the fight, but they could not put the points they needed on the scoreboard. The half started with some solid defensive efforts by both teams. Neither team scored for the first three minutes before sophomore guard Julius Barnes hit a three-pointer with 16:49 left to play and pulled the Rams to within three points, 35-32. However, the three-point cushion was as close as the Rams would get as the team fell behind the Hawks by as many as 20 points, 82-62 in the final minute of the game. The Rams would keep chipping away, but in the end, the Rams took the 85-65 loss.
With the loss, the Rams fall to 4-10 overall and 2-3 in Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) play. The Rams will return to action, Monday when the team heads to Elizabeth City, N.C. to take on the Elizabeth City State Vikings. 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.