The Florida A&M men’s basketball team cashed in on their third consecutive victory in a nail biting 71-69 win over Winston-Salem State University.
The first half of play ended in favor of the Rams (8-19) who led the Rattlers by only two baskets.
The orange and green had .357 shooting percentage at the mid-point of the contest. Out of the Rattler’s eight three pointers, only one was successful.
The Rattlers (9-18) went on a second half hot streak escalating a WSSU two-point lead to a 14-2 scoring run.
Senior Lamar Twitty took charge as he and teammate Brandon Bryant scored 20 points each for the Rattlers en route to their victory.
The Rams were unable to contend the offensive strategy implemented by the Rattlers who increased their second half shooting percentage to .591.
A trio of Florida A&M players accumulated double-digit points as the Rattlers earned a season series split with the Rams.
The second half turn around for the orange and green included every aspect of the game not only the score.
The Rattlers shot 6 for 9 from behind the arc compared to the first half’s less than mediocre three-point shooting display.
Following a WSSU three-pointer with 34.6 seconds remaining in the contest the Rattlers lead was trimmed to only one point.
Thanks to success at the charity stripe and increased sense of urgency on defense by Lamar Twitty who blocked the Rams attempt at a game tying shot the Rattlers clinched a two-point margin for a road win.
For the third consecutive game Twitty has been the top scorer for his team earning himself a double- double against the Rams.
His 20-point performance against WSSU puts him at 992 career points (8) shy of becoming the 27th player In FAMU history to reach the coveted 1,000-point plateau.
The Rattlers (6-8) in the MEAC will take the court for another conference match-up Monday against South Carolina State University in Orangeburg.
The MEAC post season tournament will begin March 8- 14.