Framingham State Falls in Home Opener

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.

UP NEXT:                   

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.

Framingham Source Editor Susan Petroni

Susan Petroni Framingham Source Editor Email: editor@FraminghamSource.com Phone: 508-315-7176

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