Belmont Abbey sophomore forward Kendall Ratliff led all scorers with 20 points, but the Winston-Salem State Rams shot 60 percent from the field as five players reached double figures in a 97-64 victory this afternoon at the C.E. Gaines Center. WSSU improves to 4-1, while the Abbey slips to 0-6.
Ratliff scored 20 points on 8-14 shooting, including four of six from three-point range. He added three rebounds and two assists. Ray Chen added 18 points, three assists and four steals and Nick Hough contributed 11 points, six rebounds and three assists.
The Crusaders shot 45 percent (25-55) from the floor, but the Rams made 35-58 from the field (60 percent) as they stormed out to a 12-1 run in the first three minutes to seize control early. They maintained their double digit lead for the rest of the half, taking a 45-26 advantage at halftime.
WSSU continued its strong play in the second half, making 63 percent of its shots (19-30) from the floor to hold its double digit lead for the game.
Belmont Abbey is back in action Tuesday night at 7:30 when it hosts Southern Wesleyan.