By Airis Thomas Sports Information Winston-Salem State
WINSTON-SALEM N.C.– The Winston-Salem State University men’s basketball team defeats Claflin University in comeback fashion 63-61 inside the C.E. Gaines Center Saturday evening.
The Rams improved to (15-8, 9-5 CIAA).
Quick Inside the Numbers
The Rams went 21-of-58 from the field, 17-of-27 from the free-throw line, and 4-of–14 from three. They scored 26 points in the paint, six fast break points, and grabbed 40 rebounds, along with 16 second-chance points and 16 bench points.
In the first half, Jaylen Alston got the Rams on board with a lay-up with 19:38 left. Ketron “KC” Shaw extended the Rams’ lead to three points 9-6 on a lay-up with 16:03 remaining in the half. With the score 14-13 Panthers with 13:04 left, the Rams went on an 8-0 run capped off by a Jeremy Dixon three-pointer making the score 21-14 Rams with 10:03 left. The Panthers outscored the Rams 21-6 for the remainder of the half, taking a 35-27 lead into halftime.
In the second half, Ketron “KC” Shaw cut the Panthers’ lead down to four points on two made free-throws 37-33 with 17:05 left. With the score 44-36 Panthers, Jahnarious Snell cut the lead down to five points on a big three-pointer 44-39 with 13:38 left on the clock. Tristan Davis made the Panthers lead 52-49 on a jumper with 7:38 remaining. With the Panthers up 58-51 with 5:00 left, the Rams went on a 7-0 run as Jaylen Alston tied the game 58-58 with 2:56 remaining in the game. The Panthers answered back with a three-pointer 61-58 with 2:36 left. With 2:13 remaining Jaylen Alston was fouled, going to the free-throw line as he connected on 1-of-2 making the score 61-59. After a missed jumper by the Panthers, Isaac Parson tied the game at 61-61 on a jumper with 44 seconds remaining. The Panthers missed a jumper with 30 seconds left, and the Rams grabbed the rebound and called a timeout with 23 seconds remaining. Isaac Parson pulled up and hit the game-winning jumper with four seconds left. With one more opportunity, the Panthers rushed the ball and missed the game-tying jumper.
The Rams will wrap up their home schedule on Tuesday, February 13th, taking on Fayetteville State University. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 inside the C.E. Gaines Center.