Winston-Salem State defeats Morris 84-75

AWinston-Salem State extended their winning-streak to three with a 84-75 win over Morris. The first ten-plus minutes of the first half was a back-and-forth affair with Morris taking their largest of the half at five points points on two separate occasions and Winston-Salem pushing their advantage to seven during that time at 29-22 on a three-point shot by Julius Barnes. Morris would fight back to within one at 31-30 when Ahmad People knocked down a three.

Winston-Salem would push the lead back to eight , 38-30 on William Crandell’s layup with 6:47 to go in the half. Morris and WSSU would trade buckets by Hand and Mason Harrell. WSSU extended their advantage to ten points., 42-32 on another Harrell basket. Morris would trim the lead down to four at 44-40 following a Demetrius Knox layup. Over last 1:10 of the half, Winston-Salem outscored the Hornets to take a 50-42 lead into halftime.

The Rams would keep the Hornets at bay for the a good portion of the second half, managing to maintain at least a 7 point advantage until an Ahmad People’s three-pointer cut the WSSU lead to six at 68-62 with 9:31 left in the ballgame. William Littles knocked down a pair of free throws to draw Morris to within four at 68-64.  The Hornets would cut the Rams’ lead to two when Gerald Phillips converted a layup, making the score 68-66. However the Hornets would draw no closer as the Rams would push their lead to 6 and though a Holiday three-pointer cut it to three ,72-69, with 4:09 left , Morris was only able to muster six points the rest of the game and WSSU would go on to win by nine, 84-75.

William Crandell lead the way for Winston-Salem with 22 points and 9 rebounds on 11-16 from the floor; Robert Colon and Jamel McAllister each contributed 17 points. Morris was led by Demetrius Knox’s 21 points, with Demetrius Holiday and Brian Jones scoring 13 and 12 points respectively.

WSSU is off until December 13, when they head to Richmond to take on Virginia Union. Tip-off is set for 7:30 p.m. EST.

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