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Rams Fall In Cl A A
Don Helton (20) dribbles past Norfolk State’s Kirk Scott (13).
It was another one of those
controversial plays that allowed
Guilford’s Ray Branch to go to
the free throw line after the
buzzer, miss the first and hit the
second foul shot giving Guilford a
108-107 victory over the Winston-
Salem State Rams last Tuesday
night in Whitaker Gym.
Branch, under the basket with
a clear shot and only a few
seconds left in the overtime
period, was fouled by Carlos
“Slim” Terry. Officials ruled
that Branch had started to shoot
the ball before the clock ran out
and Terry’s foul was at the
buzzer. Terry himself claims that
the foul occurred after time had
run out. Instead of packing up for
a trip to Kansas, the Rams
packed it in for next season.
Guilford controlled most of the
first half leading the Rams by as
much as 12 points. Sam Kennedy,
a Winston-Salem native, led the
Guilford attack with 17 points in
the first half and 31 for the game.
An effective defensive job from
Gary Devlin and Billy Ifighsmith
helped the Quakers take a 53-46
lead into the locker room at half.
But as the Rams have done all
season, the team picked up steam
in the second half, playing a more
deliberate game both offensively
Terry, in what may well have
been his best game of the season
hit 14 of 22 shots and snatched 18
rebounds. “He was coming down
from the rafters all night,” said
Guilford coach Jack Jensen. “In
the second half, Terry was
Tom Paulin was not far behind
Teny in scoring, hitting from the
outside as effectively as from the
inside, and totaling 33 points. The
R^s tied the Quakers with 11
minutes left to play in regulation,
even leading as much as six
A series of missed layups
during the final minutes proved
costly. Helton, Terry and Paulin
had uncontested shots that just
With 14 seconds left, Carlos
Terry hit a pair of free throws to
give the Rams a three point edge,
99-96. But, Stenson Conley fouled
Devlin who hit one of two shots at
the line pulling the Quakers
within two. He tied the score with
•a baseline shot with four seconds
Melvin Garrett’s shot at the
buzzer was no good and the game
went into overtime.
The lead was passed back and
forth during the overtime period,
although Guilford scored the first
four points. The score was tied
107-107 with 10 seconds left.
Guilford had control of the ball,
throwing it in bounds with five
seconds remaining, setting up the
Don Helton was the only other
Ram in double figures with 14.
Guilford had five players in
double figures. High scorers were
Kennedy with 31, Branch with 27
and Devlin with 20.
Student Union Holds
Guess what the Rams did one
Thursday and Friday?
The M.M. Hauser Student
Union sponsored its Annual
Spring “Tournament of
Champions” on February 19-20
on the Winston-Salem State
“Table Tennis”, a favorite with
both male and female students
had 27 entries. Among those was
Lennie Harris, a repeat winner.
This is Lennie’s third straight
championship. John Jones was
“Spades” is one of the many
new attractions added to our
tournament this year. “Spades”
we found, carries a large group of
followers. We had the best two of
three and accommodated
fourteen double entries, Judy
Whitmire and Delphine Williams
The billiard entries were cut at.
tnirty two, with six stand bys, all
guests were to win three to five
for the second round by. No first
were given. Then it was five of
seven, an even more difficult
task we thought, especially
changing tables. The roller
coaster stopped with Derrick
Two seconds can make a world
of difference and they did last
Saturday night when Norfolk
State grabbed the CIAA
Championship right out of the
hands of the Rams in double
overtime game. ,
The Rams watched in
amazement when Gene
Cunningham’s 25-footer at the
buzzer in overtime saved Norfolk
from defeat. And it was dejection
on the face of Coach Bighouse
Gaines as Norfolk pounded its
way to the title 91-89 in the second
Kirk Scott stole the thunder
from WSSU’s Tom Paulin by
sinking the winning pair of free
throws with 43 seconds left,
putting Norfolk up 91-87. Carlos
Terry closed the gap to two with a
14-footer with 20 seconds to go,
but the Rams never got a chance
at another shot.
Paulin, whose free throws had
paced Winston-Salem to tourney
wins over Elizabeth City (77-74)
and Virginia State (77-75, in one
overtime), appeared to have
pulled a basketball hat trick in
the first overtime period. He
tossed in a pair of free throws
with three seconds remaining to
give Winston an 81-79 edge.
But Cunningham then hit a
desperation shot as time ran out
to tie the game 81-81 and send the
clubs into double-overtime.
In the second overtime both
Paulin and Cunningham fouled
out, Cunningham with 4:26 to go,
then Paulin with 30 seconds left.
Errant passes ultimately cost the
Rams, who turned the ball over
five times in the final overtime.
Paulin and Cunningham shared
the Most Valuable Player award.
The others on the All-
Toumament Team were Don
Helton, Mike Brown and Terry
(all WSSU), Ray Epps and
Melvin Burns (of Norfolk),
Doward Tisdole and Jerome Bell
(Virginia State), Calvin Rand (of
St. Augustine’s), Robert Lewis
(of Smith) and Andrew
Richardson (of Shaw).
Winston-Salem missed winning
in regulation on a controversial
call. With the score tied 75-75
Paulin drove to the top of the key
for a jumper at the buzzer. He
collided with freshman Lewis
Simon, but still got off the shot.
No foul was called, though Paulin
thought he had been fouled. His
shot was wide.
The first half was played
cautiously with Norfolk ahead 39-
37 at halftime. The Spartans
pushed ahead by seven 59-52 at
8:12, and still led by seven 67-60 at
4:42. But Winston finally tied the
game 69-69 at 2:49. And the Rams
were even ahead 75-71 with 32
seconds to play.
Free throws by Simon and
Cunningham tied the score 75-75
with seven seconds remaining in
The standing room only crowd
of 10,000-plus had to wait an .extra
half-hour for the championship
game to begin - St. Augustine’s
took Virginia State into overtime,
too, before falling 79-77 on
Tisdol’s pair of free throws after
Carlos Ter^ (in white) isn’t about to let Virginia State’s Frankie Webster
Deal nim to the bai^.
WSSU Downs Virginia
By D.D. Young
In another one of those
overtime thrillers, the Rams
pulled out a squeaker in overtime
Russell winning it all. We had our
doubt but we’re glad.
“Whist” carried fourteen
partner entrants. Who else would
you guess? Judy Whitmire and
Delphine Williams. Quite an
afternoon for the ladies, you say?
There’s even more to come.
“Foosball” a last minute entry,
was our last “new” game in our
tournament. Foosball, a game of
endurance and wit, was well
played and won by two brave
warriors, Dexter Woodard and
Tyrone Ledbetter. Maybe one
day they will turn pro and win a
Ladies Billiards. All is fair in
love and war so we decided to
really let the hat fall where it
may. We pitted ladies for the
sakes of being equal in words and
indeed up pop Delphine Williams
again. Please congratulate the
runner-ups and beUeve me for a
job well done.
against a tough Virginia State
team and advanced to the finals
of the CIAA Tournament held in
Hampton, Va. last Friday.
Tom Paulin having 30 points for
the evening and a pair of clutch
free throws in the final four
seconds was the game’s key
figure. Stenson Conley must be
credited with a fine defensive job
in guarding 6-8 John Board and
holding him to a total of 2 points.
■ Conley also got 11 points to help
the Rams maintain an
undefeated status in conference
The Rams, down at one time by
13 points, pulled momentum from
seemingly nowhere and began a
comeback campaign with about
eight minutes left in the second
half. With 6:33 to go, they tied up
the game 65 all, then 67 all only to
have Virginia State slow up the
pace of things with a stall game.
With five seconds left,
Virginia’s Ron Shaw attempted a
12-footer that just wouldn’t drop
and Carlos “Slim” Terry
grabbed the rebound. He quickly
passed the ball to Don Helton
who took a final desperation shot
at the buzzer-it hit the front of
the rim and bounced back.
The Rams led most of the five
overtime minutes. The Trojans
were hardly in the contest until
the final minutes as Tom Paulin
easily scored all 10 overtime
points. Two frfee throws by
Jerome Bell made the score 75-75
with eight seconds left to play.
Paulin, on a drive to the basket
for the final shot, was fouled and
it was his pair of free throws with
four seconds left in the extra
period that clinched the victory.
“We knew the game was ours
as soon as we went into
overtime,” Paulin said.
Mike Brown who has been a
dominating force for the Rams
all season continued his “cool”
but effective play with a fine
defensive job against Doward
Tisdol. And, true to form. Brown
didn’t miss those baskets when
they were badly needed.
Terry, having one of his usual
nights, pulled down 9 rebounds
and added 14 points to the team