Rams Claw Past Clark University 72-68

FRAMINGHAM – Junior Manny Payton led a trio of Rams in double figures with 25 points as the Framingham State University men’s basketball team held off a second half comeback by Clark University for a 72-68 victory this afternoon in non-conference action at the Athletic Center in Framingham.

With the win, the Rams improve to 2-5 on the young season, while with the loss the Cougars are now an identical 2-5.

Payton led all scorers with his game-high 25 points on 10-of-17 shooting from the floor to go along with seven rebounds and two assists.  Sophomore Tyri Hampton  added 18 points, nine rebounds and two assists, while classmate Charles Valbrun recorded a double double of 14 points and a game-high 11 boards.  Senior Ben Roache  chipped in with seven points, while sophomore Steve Vayda  added six off the bench.

The Cougars were led by a team-high 23 points from junior Luca McCormick.  McCormick connected on 7-of-17 from the field and added five rebounds.  Freshman Tyler Davern and classmate Biko Gayman added 14 points apiece, while junior Adam Converse grabbed a team-high seven boards.

The first half went back and forth and saw three ties and four lead changes.  The Rams jumped out to an early 9-4 lead on a three from Hampton, but the Cougars tied the game at 10-10 on a three pointer from John Piscareta.  Clark led 21-19 on a layup by Davern with just over eight minutes remaining, but the Rams closed the half with a 16-8 run started by a bucket in the pain on the break from Payton to take a 35-29 lead at the half.

The Rams opened the second half with 16-4 run taking a 51-33 lead with 14:30 left in the second quarter.  Payton scored four times on the spurt including a dunk in transition, while Vayda capped the spurt with a three from the corner.

The Cougars responded with a 24-5 run of their own over the next eight minutes to take the lead, 57-56, with 6:41 on the clock.  McCormick tallied 11 points on the spurt, while Gayman added 10 including the go ahead jumper.

The Rams tied the game on a free throw from Roache and then tallied the next four points on a layup from Valburn and a Hampton jumper to take the lead for the good.

Clark cut the lead to one with 2:34 remaining on a three by Davern, but Hampton sank a pair of freebies to push the lead back to three and Payton added a pair pushing the advantage to five with under a minute remaining.

The Rams are back in action on Tuesday night when they host Plymouth State in non-conference action at 6 p.m.

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