WINTER PARK, Fla. (December 29, 2010) - Shelton Carter posted 32 points to lead Winston-Salem State in an 84-76 overtime victory over Flagler College, in the semifinals of the Championship Round of the 2010 Winter Park Rotary Tournament.
The Flagler Saints drop to a mark of 6-2, while the Rams stay perfect on the season and advance to an overall record of 5-0. WSSU advances to the tourney championship Thursday, against either Rollins or Washington Adventist.
Carter headed-up four Rams in double-figures, shooting 10-for-16 from the field, including 8-for-12 from long range and 4-of-5 from the charity stripe. Paul Davis posted 13, and Lamar Monger and McIntoche Alcius each tallied 11 on the evening. Davis took charge off the glass, grabbing 12 boards to lead the game.
The Saints saw four players with double-figure scoring efforts as well, led by Eddie Fowler with 19 points. Kenny Moore was on Fowler's heels with 18 points, while John Pietkiewicz and D.J. Furguson with 15 and 10, respectively. Ferguson dished-out the assists with ease as he racked up 12, marking his sixth game with a double-digit assist total this season.
The game was a battle from the onset, with the lead changing hands 13 times, and reaching a tie on 11 different occasions. Both teams pulled out to a slim five-point lead throughout the first half, but entered into the break knotted up at 35 apiece, after a Ram turnover set up Ferguson for a fast-break layup with just one second on the clock.
Second period play started with the same teetering score, but the Saints hit their stride with just over 11 minutes remaining and the score tied at 54. Fowler got the ball rolling with a shot from long range, giving Flagler the boost they needed to balloon their lead to as much as nine points with a score of 65-56 and 6:54 remaining in the contest.
Winston-Salem whittled away at the deficit, pulling back to within one point after Carter drained a trey to set the score at 65-64. Flagler fought to pull back out to a comfortable advantage, but the Rams butted-heads with the Saints and finally found the lead with a score of 72-71 thanks to a successful layup from Stephon Platt with 12 seconds remaining.
A foul called on Davis with five ticks on the clock set Stokes at the line. Stokes drained the first free throw to set the score at 72-72, but couldn't find the net on his second shot, sending the game into overtime.
The extra period played out with plenty of intensity, but the Rams found the better end of the deal as they pulled out to an eight-point advantage to end the game.
WSSU shot 46.2 percent from the field, including 41.7 percent from beyond the arc, while Flagler found success on 43.1 percent of their shots, and just 30.8 percent from long range. Both teams were at the line over 20 times, with the Rams posting an even 50 percent success rate from the charity stripe, while the Saints walked away with a free-throw rate of 45.5 percent.