ATHENS, WV – WSSU freshman Robert Colon scored a game high 21 points, but the Rams shooting went cold down the stretch, as Winston-Salem State dropped their season opener 70-57 to the University of Charleston (WV) Friday afternoon in the MEC-CIAA Challenge.
Opening the season on the road in the MEC-CIAA Challenge, WSSU battled back from an early eight point deficit to take the lead for much of the first half, before the two teams would square the score at 27-27 at the half.
But the second half was all Charleston, as WSSU as a team went just two of final 13 shooting down the stretch, and the Rams failed to make a field goal in the final 2:43 of the game, allowing the Golden Eagles to pull away from the Rams for the 70-57 win.
For WSSU, Colon led the way on 6 of 17 shooting, including going 6 for 6 from the free throw line for his 21 points. Colon also added five rebounds and two assists. William Crandell scored eight points and pulled down six rebounds and finished with two steals. Xavier Mills added seven points and three rebounds and two steals and Jamel McAllister scored six points and had two steals. Nate Long added a career high seven rebounds.
Keir Anderson scored 15 points and Justin Coleman added 14 points for the Charleston Golden Eagles. Elliott Cole added 12 points, as Charleston shot 47 percent for the game and outrebounded WSSU by a 42-36 margin.
The WSSU Rams will jump right back into action tomorrow night, as they will face the host team, Concord University at 7:00pm. The CU Mountain Lions were 84-65 winners over Fayetteville State on Friday.