Owls Defeat Rams 68-57

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By Framingham State athletics


FRAMINGHAM – The Framingham State University men’s basketball team surrendered an 8-0 run late in the second half to the Owls as Westfield State rallied for a 68-57 victory this evening in Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) action at Logan Gymnasium.     

Westfield State owls improve to 6-14 overall and 5-3 in the MASCAC.

Framingham State falls to 4-17 overall and 1-7 in the Conference.


  • The Rams led 12-4 on a Bryan Thompson jumper just over seven minutes into the game, but a 10-2 run by the Owls knotted the game at 14-14 with nine to go in the half. 
  • The Rams countered with a 14-5 run of their own feuled by eight points from Juran Ligonde and capped by a three from JD Okafor taking a 28-19 lead with four to play. 
  • Westfield closed the gap to one – 30-29- on a three by JT Thompson with just under two to play, but the Rams pushed the lead back to six before a late three by the Owls sent the Rams to the half leading 34-31. 
  • The Rams led by seven, 43-36, just under five minutes into the second half, but the Owls used a 9-0 run over the next three minutes to take the lead 45-43. A Jaleen Carroll three stopped the spurt and put the Rams back on top. 
  • Tied 50-50 with just over eight minutes to go, the Owls used an 8-0 run capped by two three-pointers from Thompson to take the lead for good. 


  • The Rams were paced by a game-high 27 points from Ligonde. Ligonde connected on 11-of-16 from the floor and finished the double double with a team best 15 boards. 
  • Okafor finished the game with 12 points for the Rams as he hit 4-of-7 from the floor and added three boards. 
  • Thompson led four Owls in double figures as he tallied a team-high 16 points on 3-of-5 from behind the arc to go along with five boards and two steals. 
  • Kumar Brown and Brendan Hamilton finished with 14 points apiece, while Gerry McManus finished the game with 12 points, eight assists and four rebounds. 

UP NEXT:  The Rams are back in action Saturday when they travel to Fitchburg State at 12 p.m., while the Owls travel to Salem State on Saturday also at noon. 

Photo courtesy of Westfield State


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