Winston-Salem State Defeat Claflin In CIAA Thriller

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).

Jaylen Alston led the Rams with 20 points and nine rebounds while Ketron “KC” Shaw added 16 points and eight rebounds.  Isaac Parson and Tristan Davis chipped in with seven points each.

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.

Up Next
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.

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