By Framingham State athletics
FRAMINGHAM – The Framingham State University men’s basketball team received a pair of free throws from Jahden Erold with three seconds left on the clock to lift the Rams to a 61-59 victory over Lesley University Saturday afternoon in non-conference action at Medford High School.
The win gave Framingham State its second victory of the season. Rams are now 2-9.
Lesley drops to 2-7.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- The Rams were led on the offensive end of the floor by a team-high 18 points and 11 rebounds from Keith Hollman. Hollman connected on 7-of-12 from the field and added two steals.
- Erold finished the game with 12 points for the Rams including the game-winning free throws. He added four rebounds, two assists and a steal.
- Javaris Hill connected on 6-of-9 from the floor en route to 12 points and added five rebounds, two assists, a steal and a block.
- Marco Powells paced the Lynx with 20 points, three rebounds and three steals, while Kyle Murphy finished the game with 11 points and six boards.
- Gabe McCrary tallied 10 points with five rebounds, five steals and two assists.
- The Rams shot 47% from the floor in the game, while the Lynx just connected on 35% of their offerings.
- The Rams held a 48-28 edge in points in the paint and a 12-4 edge in second chance points.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- The game was back-and-forth the entire way with the Lynx holding a slim three-point lead at the half, 29-26.
- The second half mirrored the first with the two teams trading the lead. The Rams opened up a seven point lead, 47-40, on a Holman bucket midway into the second half.
- A Hollman three-point play pushed the lead to 50-40 with 8:33 on the clock. The Rams held the Lynx without a point for four minutes as they built the ten point advantage.
- The Lynx used an 11-2 run over the next six minutes to pull within one, 52-51, with 2:38 on the clock.
- An Erold layup pushed the lead back to three, but Lesley answered with a bucket making the score 54-53 with 2:08 on the clock.
- A Mitchgell Merizier three-point play put the Rams up 57-53, but a Lesley three cut the gap back to one with a minute on the clock.
- A Hollman bucket and another Lesley three knotted the score at 59-59 with 31 ticks left on the clock.
- The Rams had possession and after multiple timeouts had a chance for the lead after a bang-bang play at the rim resulted in a Lesley foul sending Erold to the line. Erold sank both with three seconds on the clock and the Rams were able to keep the Lynx from getting a shot off in the closing seconds to secure the victory.
UP NEXT: The Rams close out first semester action on Tuesday when they Fisher College at 7:30 p.m.