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FITCHBURG – The Framingham State University men’s basketball team was defeated 70-66 by Fitchburg State University Saturday afternoon in Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) action in Fitchburg   

Falcons improve to 8-11 overall and 3-5 in the MASCAC

Framingham State drops to 4-18 overall. 

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  • The Falcons opened the game with six straight points before the Rams answered with a pair of three pointers from Marshall Martin and Ryan England.  
  • Trailing 16-11, the Rams knotted the game with a 3-ball and a layup from Juran Ligonde. Tyrone Manderson completed a three-point play and Matthew Tanis drained a three-pointer to push the Falcons’ lead to 24-20.  
  • Framingham State regained the lead (36-28) with eight straight points from JD Okafor. Fitchburg State closed out the frame with a 9-0 run capped by a buzzer-beating trey from Tanis to even the game 37-37 at halftime. 
  • The teams traded baskets to start the second half. Framingham State took a five-point edge (51-46) with a layup from Martin and a jumper from Ivan Nyantenji.  
  • With less than three minutes remaining Allen hit a jumper and Tajahn Joyner sank two at the free-throw line to forge the Falcons ahead 60-59. The Rams countered with a three-pointer from Jahden Erold to cut the deficit to 65-63 with twenty seconds to play, but four points from Joyner at the charity stripe sealed the Falcons’ victory.  

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  • The Rams were led offensively by 24 points from Okafor to go along six rebounds and two steals. 
  • Ligonde finished the game with 11 points and four boards, while Martin finished the game with 11 points off the bench for the Rams. 
  • The Falcons were led by 21 points from Joyner, while Garcia finished the game with 12 and Tanis scored 11. 

UP NEXT:  The Rams are back in action Wednesday when they host MCLA at 5:30 p.m.

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Susan Petroni is the former editor for SOURCE. She is the founder of the former news site, which as of May 1, 2023, is now a self-publishing community bulletin board. The website no longer has a journalist but a webmaster.