Framingham drops MASCAC Tournament opener to Bridgewater

Tim Mangano drives the ball to the basket in Framingham’s regular season finale against Fitchburg State. (Photo By Cass Doherty)

FSU vs. Bridgewater State
In the first game of MASCAC tournament Framingham traveled to Bridgewater State where they fell 60-51 in a closely contested game. Neither team led by double digits the entire game. The Rams lost the turnover battle 16-10.The Rams were led by Alexandre, who had a double double with 12 points and a game-high 14 rebounds. McCarthy and Timothy Mangano contributed eight points each respectively in the loss.The Rams tied the game after two jump shots from Mangano and McCarthy to tie the game at 45 with eight minutes remaining.Bridgewater used a 9-1 run after the game was tied at 45 to seal the game after a 3-pointer made from Rocky DeAndre.The Bears were led by Fawaz Mass with 16 points and 15 points from DeAndre. With the win the Bears move on to the semifinal round of the MASCAC tournament.With the loss the Rams season ends at 5-21 on the year.
FSU vs. Fitchburg State
In the regular season finale, Framingham lost a close game at home to Fitchburg State. The game was closely contested the entire way, with the largest lead growing only to seven. The Fitchburg Falcons dominated inside 28-18 points to carry them to a 60-53 win.
Tony Alexandre led the way for the Rams with 16 points and eight rebounds in the loss. Joe McCabe also contributed 14 points in the loss. The two combined for over half the points, but it wasn’t enough to defeat the Falcons.Framingham regained the lead with 13 minutes remaining after back-to-back 3-pointers from Tim McCarthy to spark an 8-2 run. After the Rams tied the game again at 51-51 with four minutes remaining, the Falcons regained the lead and never looked back. The Falcons were led by Jaleel Bell who had 19 points. With the loss, the Rams finish 5-20 on the regular season.