Men’s basketball drops two MASCAC games

Patrick Gould defends a Salem State ball-handler in the Rams 64-54 loss on Saturday. (Photo By: Brad Leuchte)

Framingham’s losing streak slipped to four when it hosted Salem State on Saturday, Jan. 30.

The Vikings used a big first half to claim the 64-54 victory.

Framingham fought hard in the second half, outscoring the Vikings 34-30, but the Rams dug themselves too deep of a hole early.

Framingham was led by Tony Alexandre who recorded a double double, contributing 12 points to go along with 13 rebounds.

Tim Mangano also had a productive offensive afternoon, as he shot 7-16 from the field and tallied 19 points.

Alexandre wasn’t the only player to record a double double, Salem’s Marcus Faison did as well.

Faison proved to be too much for the Rams as he led all scorers with 24 points and secured a game-high 20 rebounds.

The 6-foot-5 forward is averaging a double double this season and leading Salem State in scoring, averaging 15.1 points per game.

The Rams shot a mere 27 percent from the field, while the Vikings shot 49 percent en route to improving to 7-0 in the MASCAC.

Despite scoring 20 points off of turnovers and holding the Vikings to four, the Rams didn’t have enough in the tank down the stretch as they dropped to 1-6 in the conference.

The Rams’ first game of the month ended in a 57-50 defeat at the hands of Bridgewater State.

Framingham had three scorers in double figures, but failed to get any production off the bench.

Starters Alexandre, Jacek Louisville and Tim McCarthy contributed 10, 16 and 11.

Mangano and Patrick Gould added eight and five, respectively.

However, that was all the scoring that the Rams would get. Framingham’s bench was unable to contribute a single point, while the Bears got 16 from theirs.

Framingham also struggled mightily at the free-throw line. As a team, the Rams only shot 55 percent at the stripe, while Bridgewater was up at 81 percent.

In a game that saw four ties and six lead changes, the Rams struggled on the glass much as they did against Salem.

The Bears outrebounded the Rams, 39-30.

Ultimately, the Bears were just too much for the Rams as they outscored them 38-27 in the second half to improve to 4-3 in the MASCAC.

The loss drops Framingham to 4-16 on the year and 1-7 in the conference.