By Framingham State athletics
WORCESTER – The Framingham State University men’s basketball team was defeated 77-59 this evening by Worcester State University in Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference action at Brissette Court. in Worcester.
With the loss, Framingham State is now 2-12 overall and 1-1 in the Conference.
With the win, Worcester State improves to 8-7.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- After the two teams traded baskets during the game’s opening minutes, the Lancers used an 13-2 run capped by a layup from sophomore Chris Cardoso to take a 20-8 lead midway through the first.
- The Rams answered with a run over their own cutting the deficit to five with five minutes on the clock. The Rams outscored the Lancers 12-5 on the stretch that was capped by a layup from freshman Matt Rohelia (North Providence, RI) that cut the deficit to 25-20.
- The Lancers extended the lead back to 11 just over two minutes later on a layup from Frantz Francois before taking a 34-22 lead into the half.
- Senior Manny Payton knocked down a three to open the second half, but seven straight points from the Lancers pushed the lead to 41-25.
- The Rams pulled within 10 on a layup from sophomore Cameren McCloud-Thomas, but the Lancers rattled off a 16-6 run pushing the lead to 20 (57-37) midway through the half. The Lancers would extend the lead to as many as 22 before securing the victory.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Payton connected on eight-of-16 from the floor in the game in route to a team-high 21 points. He just missed a double double grabbing nine boards in the contest with four assists, a steal and a block.
- McCloud-Thomas finished the game with 16 points and eight rebounds after connecting on eight-of-13 from the floor, while senior Khaneil Bruce recorded a double double with 11 points and 11 boards to go along with three steals.
- The Lancers were led by 22 points from Shaun McCarthy. McCarthy connected on nine-of-12 from the floor and added 11 boards to complete the double double.
- Tyler Dion chipped in with 16 points, while Cardoso finished the game with 13 and five rebounds.
- The Rams shot 36% from the floor for the game, but just 13% from behind the arc, while the Lancers connected on 48% of their offerings and 35% from long range.
The Rams are back in action on Saturday when they travel to Salem State for a Conference game beginning at 1 p.m., while the Lancers host MCLA on Saturday at 1 p.m