Framingham State traveled to Worcester on Jan. 23 to take on the Lancers.
The Rams were led by Tim McCarthy, who had 15 points, but saw two others players reach double figures.
Tim Mangano and Daniel Gould contributed 13 and 10, respectively.
Despite McCarthy, Mangano and Gould combining for 38 of the team’s 58, Framingham fell to the Lancers 70-58. The Rams just didn’t have an answer for Worcester State big man Paul Brooks.
Brooks, who stands at 6-foot-9, contributed 19 points and 12 rebounds, shooting 73 percent from the field.
Brooks was accompanied by Bilal Shakir, who scored a game-high 20 points.
The Rams shot an abysmal 33 percent from the field, while the Lancers shot 42.
Aside from the difference in field goal percentage, Worcester State dominated at the free-throw line, getting to the stripe 24 times and converting 21.
Framingham, on the other hand, only got to the line 11 times, making nine.
All percentages aside, the Lancers really found their edge off the bench. Worcester State got 30 bench points, a punch Framingham just couldn’t take.
By Mike Ferris
On Wednesday, the Rams were on the road again, this time in Fitchburg.
Despite getting to the free-throw line 27 times, Framingham fell 77-60 to the Falcons.
Joe McCabe, Mangano and Gould were in double-digits for the Rams.
McCabe scored 12, Mangano 11 and Gould 10. The three of them got to the line 12 times and converted 11 attempts.
Framingham’s defense struggled again, except instead of allowing bench points this time, the Rams saw all five Falcon starters in double figures.
The Fitchburg starting lineup scored 68 of the team’s 77.
The Rams struggled from the field again, shooting 33 percent, while Fitchburg didn’t.
The Falcons shot 57 percent and out-rebounded the Rams 34-28.
The loss knocked Framingham down to 1-4 in the MASCAC and 4-13 overall, while the Falcons improved to 10-8 overall and 3-2 in the conference.