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Rams Roll Past the Bruins of Carolina University

The Winston-Salem State Men's basketball team used balanced scoring in both halves to rout cross-town Carolina University 63-47 before a standing-room only season opener at the C.E. Gaines Center. The visiting Bruins only led twice by one point, both coming early in the first half.

The Rams pulled ahead 9-7 on junior Jaylin Parker's three-pointer with 15:08 to play in the first 20 minutes and never looked back. Graduate student Javonte Cooke followed with an old fashioned three-point play and added a thundering dunk less than a minute later to give 'SU a 14-7 lead.

Red-shirt senior Cameron Campbell connected from the three-point line to give the Rams a 26-16 lead with 5:32 to play in the half, and Parker's jumper with 3:03 remaining provided another 10-point advantage, 28-18.

The Bruins managed to only slice one point off their deficit and trailed 31-22 at the half. CU scored 13 points off nine Rams turnovers, but WSSU dominated in the paint, outscoring Carolina 20-10.

The Rams came out hot in the second half, building a 46-27 lead on Cooke's three-pointer with 15:17 to play. Parker's three-pointer gave the Rams' their biggest lead in the game, 53-31, with 9:36 to play.

CU could get no closer than 14 points with 2:12 to go.  'SU capitalized on 10 second-half Bruins' turnovers, scoring 17 points.

Cooke led the balanced Rams scoring with 14 points. Campbell and senior Jonathan Hicklin each scored 12. Parker added 11 points and seven assists. Senior Rasheen Merlin led WSSU in rebounding with seven boards.

WSSU finished the game, hitting 24-54 from the floor for 44.4 percent and 8-22 from the three-point line for 36.4 percent. The Bruins hit 11-21 for 52.4 percent while 'SU was 7-17 for 41.2 percent.

WSSU has now won three straight, improving its record to 3-1. Next up for the Rams is the CP3 HBCU Tip-Off in Connecticut. 'SU will play Morehouse at 6:30 Monday night and a to-be-determined opponent on Tuesday.