By Framingham State athletics
FRAMINGHAM – The Framingham State University men’s basketball team was defeated Tuesday night in their home opener 68-59 by Wentworth in non-conference action at the Athletic Center.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- The Leopards had four players score double figures led by 13 points off the bench from sophomore Noah Bice. Bice connected on four-of-seven from the floor in the game.
- Senior Stephen Azums added a double-double of 11 points on four-of-six from the floor to go along with a game-best 11 boards.
- Junior Trey Carrier and freshman Conor Rubenskas chipped in with 10 points apiece for the Leopards.
- The Rams were led offensively by 17 points from sophomore Tajahn Joyner (Amherst, Mass.). Joyner connected on seven-of-10 from the floor and added three steals.
- Junior Cameren McCloud-Thomas (Springfield, Mass.) also recorded double digits with 11 points and five boards. Senior Tyri Hampton (Fitchburg, Mass.) added eight points and seven rebounds for the Rams.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- The Rams opened the game taking a 7-2 lead on a pair of free throws from McCloud-Thomas. Wentworth used a run to tie the game at 14-14.
- Four straight from the Rams including a steal and layup from Joyner put the Rams on top18-14, but Wentworth tied the game at 20-20.
- Framingham retook the lead 25-20 on a steal and layup in transition from Manyak, but Wentworth answered with a 10-2 run of their own to close the half and take their first lead since 2-0. A tough drive in traffic from Lennon cut the Rams lead to one and a jumper from Bice put the Leopards up 26-25 before they went to the locker room leading 30-27.
- With the game tied 33-33 early in the second half, the Leopards rattled off a 7-0 run capped by a bucket from Bice taking the lead for good in the game.
- Wentworth extended the lead to as many as 13 late in the half (53-40), but the Rams would not go away cutting the gap back to 10 on McCloud-Thomas bucket with 3:27 on the clock.
- Wentworth used back to back hoops to push the lead back to 60-46 and held off the Rams in the closing minutes to secure the victory.
The Rams are back in action on Friday night when they face Bowdoin at the Roger Williams Tip-Off Tournament, while Wentworth is back in action this weekend at the Middlebury Tip-Off Tournament.