By Bridgewater State athletics
BRIDGEWATER – The fifth seeded Framingham State University men’s basketball team received 38 points from senior guard Manny Payton but the Rams were defeated 101-84 by fourth seed Bridgewater State University in one quarterfinal of the 2019 Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference Men’s Basketball Tournament Tuesday evening at the Tinsley Center.
With the loss, Framingham State ends the season at 5-19 overall.
With the win, Bridgewater State is now 9-17.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Payton ties his career-high of 38 points which he has now tallied in back-to-back games after scoring 38 in last Saturday’s victory over MCLA. Payton connected on 16-of-27 from the field and added four rebounds, an assist and a steal.
- Sophomore forward Cameren McCloud-Thomas added a double double for the Rams with 11 points and 10 boards, while senior Khaneil Bruce also posted a double double in his final contest with 11 points and 12 rebounds.
- Freshman Tomas Donoyan also tallied 11 points, while junior Tyri Hampton finished with eight.
- Senior guard Ryan Carney scored a team-best 20 points, including the 1,000th of his career, for the Bears. Carney became the 29thplayer in BSU men’s basketball history to reach the 1,000-point plateau. The milestone basket came on his final shot of the day, a three-pointer from the top of the arc with 26 seconds remaining in the game.
- BSU freshman guard Admar Jaramillo paced the Bears with 19 points, three rebounds, three assists, one blocked shot and a career-best ten steals, while classmate Jose Monteiro Jr. came off the bench to score a career-high 18 points on 7 of 8 shooting in 17 minutes of action.
- Junior forward Rayshon Ward and sophomore forward Nick Crocker each recorded double-doubles for the hosts with Ward picking up his 15th of the season. Ward tallied 12 points and ten rebounds to go along with four steals and a career-high eight assists, while Crocker notched ten points and a game-high 13 boards as well as three assists and three blocks.
- Junior forward Dimitri St. Louis rounded out the Bears’ five double-digit point producers as he scored 14 points and added four rebounds and a pair of steals.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- With the score knotted at 21-21 at the 11:30 mark of the first half, the Bears went on a 21-4 run over the next six minutes to open up a 42-25 lead. Monteiro Jr. scored eight points during the run including a pair of three-pointers. Framingham answered with a 10-2 run to close the gap to 44-35, but a Monteiro Jr. trifecta with the shot clock winding down on the Bears’ final possession of the stanza extended the BSU advantage to 12 (47-35) as the teams headed to the intermission.
- Monteiro Jr. paced the Bears with 11 first-half points on 4 of 5 shooting including a trio of three-pointers. Payton led all scorers in the opening stanza with 12 points. Bridgewater shot 54% (19-35) from the floor and 44% (7-16) from behind the arc over the first 20 minutes, while Framingham connected on 45% (15-33) of its field goal attempts but went just 2-for-10 from long range.
- After Payton opened the second half scoring with a layup, the Bears reeled off seven straight points to open up a 17-point lead (54-37). A Jaramillo three-pointer started the spurt.
- A 10-1 Framingham run, highlighted by three layups by Payton, closed the gap to eight, 55-47, with 14:35 remaining.
- Bridgewater answered with a 12-2 run to take a commanding 18-point lead (67-49). Jaramillo scored five points and Monteiro Jr. notched four during the rally which was capped off by a Ward traditional three-point play.
- The Bears got up by as many as 23 points (84-61) in the half and maintained a double-digit advantage the rest of the way.
With the victory, the Bears advance to the semifinals of the MASCAC Tournament and will travel to top seed Salem State on Thursday night at 7 p.m.
Photo courtesy of Framingham State (Manny Payton)