Rams Win A Thriller Against Wheeling University
Graduate student Javonte Cooke hit a short jumper with two seconds to play giving WSSU a thrilling 66-65 win over Wheeling University in a game played in West Liberty, WV. It's the Rams first win of the season and evens the record at 1-1.
The game was back-and-forth for the entire 40 minutes with neither team gaining a significant advantage. The Rams led 52-46 with 10:23 to play, but the Cardinals fought to within one point 52-51 with 8:42 remaining.
Sophomore Isaac Parson hit two free throws with 8:04 on the clock, providing the Rams with a 54-51 lead. Wheeling proceeded to hit six consecutive free throws and a baseline jumper to take a 59-58 lead with 4:42 to play.
Redshirt senior Cameron Campbell pulled the Rams to within one point at 64-63 with 2:11 to play. He connected on his first free throw but the second spun off the rim. Wheeling hit one of two free throws with 1:05 to play, increasing its lead to 65-63.
Parson was fouled on a drive with 48 seconds to play and hit one of his two free throws. The Cardinals then missed a baseline three-pointer. WSSU grabbed the rebound, setting up the game winning shot by Cooke.
Senior Jonathan Hicklin led the Rams with 18 points, and Cooke contributed 17.
The Rams shot 44 percent for the game but only connected on three-of-18 shots from the three-point line.
WSSU hits the road again on Wednesday, traveling to Atlanta to take on Clark Atlanta. The Rams will open the home season with a 7 p.m. tip Friday at the C.E. Gaines Center against Carolina University.