Men’s basketball slips to 2-6 early in season

Photo by Scott Calzolaio

On Thursday, Dec. 3, the Framingham State Rams (1-5) traveled west where they would face off with the red-hot WPI Goats (6-0). WPI has averaged 68.3 points per game, as Framingham State has averaged 56.8.

WPI jumped out to a quick 13-0 lead early in the first half, riding on three 3-point jump shots.

Framingham was able to break the scoring streak with two made free throws by Tony Alexandre.

Alexandre would be Framingham’s lone scorer as WPI began to break open their lead.

With 7:42 left in the half, Timothy McCarthy was able to sink a 3-pointer, but that did not slow down WPI.

Ian Converse of WPI led the way with six first half baskets tallying 12 total points to the halfway mark.

WPI held control of the game at the half with a commanding 36-19 lead.

Framingham opened up the second half with a 7-0 run, starting with a Daniel Gould 3-pointer.

Framingham shrank the lead to just seven points with 2:51 remaining, but WPI battled back and maintained control.

WPI held off the surging Rams with a final score of 59-50.

McCarthy led the way for Framingham tallying 14 points followed tightly by Alexandre with 13.

WPI’s Converse led the way with 16 points followed by Aaron Todd with 14 coming off the bench.

On Tuesday, Dec. 8, the Framingham State Rams (1-6) hosted Clark University (1-6).

Framingham jumped out to a quick lead beginning with a Gould 3-point jump shot followed by Alexandre lay up giving them a 5-0 lead.

Joe Atkinson put the first points on the board for Clark cutting the lead to three.

From there, Framingham marched on a six-point run at the hands of McCarthy. On this run, McCarthy accumulated two three-point baskets followed by a layup.

Clark would be down by no fewer than eight for the remainder of the half until the final eight minutes. Clark was able to cut the lead from ten to just five by the end of the first half.

At halftime, Framingham led Clark by five points, 26-21.

The second half of the matchup showed more of McCarthy as he sank a three for the first score.

Clark was able to then cut the lead to just one, on a seven-point run.

Gould answered back with two 3-point shots extending the Framingham lead.

With each score Clark had, Framingham was able to answer, eventually taking an eight-point lead that would seal the deal.

Framingham came out on top defeating Clark 60-52.

McCarthy gathered the most minutes on the floor along with tallying for a team-leading 14 points in the game alongside teammates Gould and Jacek Louisville.

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