By Framingham State athletics
FRAMINGHAM – The Framingham State University men’s basketball team was defeated 77-59 by Worcester State University Wednesday evening in Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) action at the Athletic Center.
Worcester State improves to 8-10 overall.
Framingham State drops to 0-4 in the Conference and 2-14 overall.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- The Lancers were paced by 14 points apiece from Sam Dion and Chris Cardoso. Dion connected on 4-of-12 from behind the arc and added two rebounds, four assists and three steals, while Cardoso added two rebounds, three assists and two steals.
- Zion Hendrix chipped in with nine points, two rebounds and four assists, while Corey Olivier and Paul Roche added seven points apiece.
- The Rams saw three players tally double figures led by 12 points apiece from Jahden Erold and Brett Okundaye. Erold added five rebounds and two assists, while Okundaye grabbed four boards and added a steal.
- Javaris Hill chipped in with 11 points and five rebounds off the bench, while Ivan Nyantenji and Keith Hollman chipped in with six points each.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- Worcester State opened the game and led 7-2 on an Erik Bjorn layup with 16:23 on the clock. They outscored the Rams 10-2 over the next six minutes taking a 17-4 lead midway through the half.
- The Rams rattled off a 9-0 run featuring a pair of threes from Nyantenji and Hill layup to cut the deficit to 17-13 with 8:29 on the clock.
- The Lancers answered with a 9-0 surge of their own capped by a Hendrix three that pushed the lead to 26-13 with 4:40 left.
- The two teams traded baskets down the stretch with Worcester heading to the locker room leading 30-19.
- The Lancers opened the second half with a run taking a 40-23 lead on a Sam Dion three just over two minutes into the second half.
- Worcester State extended the lead to 20 (47-27) on a three by Tyler Spencer just over six minutes in. The Lancers extended the lead to as many as 31 before securing the 77-59 win.
UP NEXT: The Rams are back in action Friday night when they host Bridgewater State at 7:30 p.m., while the Lancers head to Salem State on Saturday.