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Rams Show Great Promise In Loss To Wake Forest University

The Winston-Salem State men's basketball, competed hard against Wake Forest University,  but ended up losing 88-56 in the Tip-Off Classic exhibition game.  The Rams, with only three players returning from the 2019 CIAA Championship team, still turned in an impressive performance.

Wake Forest, with a huge height advantage, managed to finish the game with 47-31 rebounding edge, although the Rams only trailed 21-19 at the half.  The Deacons had a 38-24 points in the paint advantage and finished the game with 43 bench points compared to 14 for the Rams.

Sophomore Samage Teel scored 15 points to lead 'SU in scoring.  Returning senior Jonathan Hicklin had 11 points and senior graduate student Javonte Cooke added 10. Hicklin also grabbed a team-leading seven rebounds.

Wake went on a 10-0 scoring run with 12:33 remaining in the second half that led to the Deacons biggest lead of 32 points with 8:52 to play.

Playing before a crowd of 3,754 at the Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum, WSSU trailed 45-26 at the half. Wake outshot the Rams 50% to 29% in the first half.  WSSU finished the game shooting 33.9% and improved the 15.4% halftime three-point shooting to 25% (6-24) for the game.  The Rams were 8-17 from the free throw line for 47.1%.

'SU had 15 turnovers compared to Wake's 14.  No Rams player had more than three.

WSSU displayed its quickness at the guard positions with the four-guard lineup accounting for 40 of the Rams 56 points. They also had 10 steals.

It was only the second game for WSSU (the first was an exhibition game at Duke October 30) since the CIAA's championship game two years ago.

WSSU is picked to finish second in the CIAA regular season behind Fayetteville State.  'SU beat the Broncos on then senior Robert Colon's three free throws with four seconds to play in the 2019 tournament championship game.

The Rams open the regular season with a road game at Liberty State on November 12.  The first home game at the C.E. Gaines Center is Friday, November 19.