WINSTON-SALEM, NC – The Winston-Salem State Rams dug a hole for themselves early in the second half, and couldn't overcome that cold shooting or the slippery floor, as the Rams fell to the UNC Pembroke Braves, 86-62, Wednesday evening at the CE Gaines Center.
The loss drop WSSU to 3-4 on the season, while the Braves improve to 5-1 on the season.
The game started with both teams struggling to score early, and after a three pointer from Carlos Rankins at 3-2, the UNC Pembroke Braves would find the range, and at the first media timeout, would jump out to a 6-3 lead.
WSSU would fight back, but couldn't cut into the UNCP lead, as the Braves would take a 35-24 halftime lead into the locker room.
The second half began with UNCP using a 19-11 run their lead to 19 points, and eventually took that lead to 29 points, at 76-47 with just over 4:53 left to play.
But the story of the second half was the floor. The game would be halted to approximately 10 minutes with 6:28 left to play, after the game officials declared the CE Gaines Center floor a hazard. Due to high humidity both inside and outside of the gym, the floor began to accumulate moisture, causing several players to lose the balance and fall.
After the delay, the floor would be wiped down, and play would resume.
But tonight was not the Rams night, as they continued to struggle from the floor, and would eventually fall, 84-62 to UNC Pembroke.
The Braves outrebounded WSSU, 47-32, and the Rams shot just 38% from the floor, 29%% from behind the three point arc, and 50% from the charity stripe.
WSSU was led in scoring by Williams Crandell, who finished with 17 points and five rebounds, while Robert Colon added 16 points and four assists. Carlos Rankins chipped in 10 points, three rebounds and an assist. Jamel McAllister scored seven points and pulled down two rebounds.
The UNCP Braves were led by James Murray-Boyles, who scored 18 points while pulling down five rebounds. Nigel Grant added 17 points and nine rebounds, while Andrew Evans scored 16 points and 10 rebounds. Alex Bradley also scored 16 points and nine assists.