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Rams Roll Over Clark Atlanta 75 to 65

WSSU's Men's basketball team secured its second road win in five days, defeating Clark Atlanta 75-65 in Atlanta, GA.  The Rams broke open a tight game after the first five minutes, outscoring the Panthers 25-10 over the next 11 minutes.  'SU would never surrender the lead, spoiling Clark Atlanta's home opener.

Graduate student Javonte Cooke hit a 3-pointer with 3:31 to play in the half, and 'SU led 32-16.  Clark Atlanta ended the half on a 5-0 run to slice its halftime deficit to 32-21.

Senior Jonathan Hicklin led a balanced Rams scoring attack with 14 points and 12 rebounds.  Senior Xavier Fennell and Cooke each had 10 points.  

The Rams dominated the boards with a 44-28 advantage.  'SU's offensive rebounding enabled the Rams to outscore the Panthers 18-10 on second chance points. 

WSSU's incredible depth was on display with the Rams bench outscoring Clark Atlanta by an amazing 35 points, 42-7.  Nine of the 10 players listed on the box score played at least 16 minutes.

The Panthers rallied in the second half and cut their deficit to 56-52 with 7:42 to play.  A four-minute scoring drought and another Rams rally increased the lead back to 11 points.  CAU could get no closer than seven points for the remainder of the game.

'SU shot 44.1 percent from the floor and hit nine of 20 three-pointers for 45 percent.  The Rams were also hot at the free throw line, connecting on 14-17 for 82.4 percent.

Hicklin hit seven of his eight free throws.  Cooke shot 50 percent from the floor.  Junior Shamon Jackson had seven rebounds.

The Rams open the home season Friday night with a 7 p.m. tip against cross town rival Carolina University at the C.E. Gaines Center.