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William Crandell, So. 22, takes a shot in the game against Virginia Union University on Dec. 3.
TJ Wilson, No. 24, takes time to look at the land
scape before passing the ball in the game against
Virginia Union University on Dec. 3.
WSSU rolls over Virginia Union
SPECIAL TO THE CHRONICLE
WSSU's William Crandell scored a career high 33
points and Robert Colon added 18 points, as the Winston
Salem State University (WSSU) Rams cruised to a 87-73
win. over Virginia Union University at the CE Gaines
The win moves the Rams to 4-4 on the season, while
Virginia Union falls to 6-3.
Winston-Salem State took a 12-day break from the
Saturday night, Dec. 3 game for final exams before hit
ting the road for a conference game for their next contest
today, Dec. 15, as the Rams will travel to Lincoln,
< Pennsylvania to take on Lincoln University.
The Rams shock and awe style of play was on full dis
play in the first half, as WSSU trailing 7-6, used a 28-8
run to move out in front 34-15 with 3:25 left in the first
Winston-Salem State University would keep the pres
sure squarely on the Panthers, and would take a 21 point
lead into half time.
William Crandell worked on a monster night, going
eight of 10 from the field, and WSSU held Virginia Union
to 3 percent shooting and forced nine turnovers.
Early in the second half, it looked as though the Rams
would blow the Panthers out the gym, extending their
lead to 27 points on two occasions, before the VUU
Panthers would regroup and make a run of their own,
using a 28-13 run to cut the lead to 14 at 69-54 with 6:29
But Winston-Salem State would regroup, and settle
back in to some good basketball on both ends of the court,
and with 4:03 left to play extended their lead back to 21
points, at 75-64.
Virginia Union had one more run in them, as they cut
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the lead to just 12 points at the 45 second mark of the sec
ond half, but the Rams would go six for six from the free
throw line coming down the stretch to secure the win.
WSSU.shot a blistering 52 percent from the floor, and
were just as good from the charity stripe, 23 of 30 (77 per
Winston-Salem State got a career high 33 points from
William Crandell, to go with eight rebounds and two
steals, to pace the Rams. Robert Colon added 18 points,
three assists and two rebounds, and Carlos Rankins added
11 points, four rebounds and an assist. Nate Long chipped
in eight points and pulled down eight rebounds, and TJ
Wilson added six points, five rebounds, one assist and
one steal. Xavier Mills finished with six points and two
rebounds and Stephen Pippins finished with five points,
four rebounds and three blocks.
Virginia Union was led by Ray Anderson, who
pumped in 32 points and seven rebounds, and Kory
Cooley added 13 points, three rebounds and three assists
in a losing effort.
WSSU's Coach Kienus Boulware
gains contract extension
SPECIAL TO THE CHRONICLE
Winston-Salem State University officials rewarded
the head football coach, Kienus Boulware, with a con
tract extension that will keep him with the Rams through
2020, the university announced Tuesday, Dec. 13.
Boulware, in his 20th year of coaching, has guided
the Rams to three consecutive CIAA Championship
games, and WSSU won back-to-back CIAA titles on
Nov. 12, and he returned the Rams to the NCAA Division
II playoffs for the first time since 2013.
Boulware was given a four-year extension of his orig
inal contract. The new deal is laced with performance
based incentives, allowing the university to reward both
athletics and student-athlete academic successes.
"Coach Boulware and his staff have done an excellent
job in a short time at the helm of our football program",
said Director of Athletics Tonia Walker. "Our student
athletes have bought into Kienus' vision, and we are
extremely excited about the future of the program."
Known as a defensive stalwart, Boulware is regarded
by his peers as one of the top defensive coaches in
NCAA Division II football. He has spent his coaching
career as talent developer, motivator and a professional
with an unbridled passion for the game of football.
"It is truly a blessing and an honor to get an extension
from WSSU", said Boulware. "For our administration to
reward me with an extension, is humbling and exciting at
the same time."
"I am appreciative of Dr. Robinson's and our admin
istration's show of support," Boulware said in a state
ment. "Our staff and players have worked diligently to
lay a strong foundation for the years to come. We still
have work to do to get to where we ultimately want to be,
and we look forward to continuing to take on that chal
lenge. I am excited about the future of this program and
am very honored to be the man leading it," added
A native of Thomasville, N.C., Boulware starred in
football and was a two-time state champion wrestler at
Thomasville High School. He would go on to play two
seasons (1993-94) as an inside linebacker at the
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill before his
football career was shortened by the discovery of a
spinal cord abnormality. He remained on the sideline as
a student coach for two seasons under former coach
Mack Brown, working with linebackers and defensive
linemen. He graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill in May
1997 with a degree in organizational communication.
He has spent stints coaching at several C1AA schools,
including Livingstone and Shaw University, as well as
N.C. Central, when the Eagles were in the C1AA.
He and his wife, Kelli, reside in Winston-Salem.
Tickets on sale to 2017 CIAA Basketball Tournament
It's a "Full Court Press"
as tickets are now on sale to
the 2017 Central
Association (CIAA) Men's
and Women's Basketball
Tournament in two great
Charlotte, N.C., venues
from February 21-25.
This year's basketball
action will commence at
Bojangles Coliseum on
Feb. 21 and 22 with early
round game sessions, and
continue with the quarterfi
nals, semifinals, and cham
pionship finals at Spectrum
Center, formerly known as
Time Warner Cable Arena,
on Feb. 23 through 25.
"We are excited about
the opportunity to host our
men's and women's basket
ball teams in these two
great venues," says CIAA
McWilliams. "This allows
us to expand our footprint
across the city to deepen
our engagement within the
community the CIAA calls
home, and create experi
ences that everyone can be
a part of."
All-session tickets pro
vide fans with access to 22
action-packed games, live
performances by national
recording artists, premium
vendors, great food, shop
ping, contests, prizes and
more. Tickets can be pur
chased at www.ciaatourna
on how to purchase-court
side tickets and suites can
be found at www.ciaatour
Fans are encouraged to
use the CI A As hotel hous
ing program, which pro
vides tournament attendees
with the best available rates
for more than 25 hotel
brands within and sur
The variety of lodging
options are within a short
walk. Lynx rail stop, or
quick car ride to Bojangles
Center and the Charlotte
Convention Center where
all of the official CIAA
event action will be hosted.
Hotel reservations can
be made online at
otels or via phone at 844
293-6678 on Monday -
Friday from 8:30 a.m. -
9:00 p.m. The deadline to
book a hotel room is
Thursday, Feb. 2 at 11:59
Information about offi
cial events associated with
the CIAA tournament can
be found at www.ciaatour
nament.org. For details
about the CIAA conference
and its 15 championship
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